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You Are 'Present' Leaders.
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Campaign for International Women's Day 2019
  • June 04, 2019

InterviewYou Are 'Present' Leaders.

February 07, 2020

Reflection on 2019 SELP CoachingYou Are ‘Present’ Leaders.by Sana Samson  Thanks, is such a small word for all that SWLC and Ewha team has done to my life through Scranton scholarship and SELP 2019. Back then when I applied I had no idea that it is going to be one of my life-impacting events. SELP 2019 is what made 2019 so special for me because of the immense good things I have learned through it.   Through SELP I leaned a clear and better perspective of womanhood and more about my rights as a woman.  I learned about leadership and happiness. Everything was so practical and not a single day passes by without reminding me in one way or another what I learned through SELP. In terms of leadership, many challenges have been coming my way in this past year but what I remembered through all that were your words you said Ms. Kim on the final day of SELP addressing SELP participants: “You are not future leaders, don’t call yourself that you are future leaders, you are present leaders”  I am especially thankful for the coaching program that followed the program and my coach Ms. Isabella Min. I think the coaching program was also as useful to me as the SELP was. When I came back from SELP, I felt so different than before. I had many questions that were answered because of SELP and got many new to explore. I was much more sensitive to the issues women face in my society. Everything we talked in SELP was so real and sensitivity caused me to feel overwhelmed for some time because I thought I can’t do anything alone. My thoughts and world are changed but people around me don’t think it is important to have a change. That’s when coaching gave me the courage and organized my overwhelmed feelings to action. After about a year I can proudly say that yes, I am carrying the mission of SWLC and Ewha forward. Coaching made me feel that I am still connected with SWLC. ?  I am greatly obliged to Ms. Isabelle Min for being my coach. I have enjoyed all 6 sessions. Every session was a time for me to get ready for the coming month and meet its challenges. Her encouragement and smile have lifted me. She has led me to discover myself. I am so happy about it from the bottom of my heart. I have discovered my potentials, my strengths through this coaching program. I have learned the importance of communication and networking. The most important component of my life that I have through the coaching process is my vision which is “To give my hands to serve and my heart to love”. The most important thing I’ve learned is that self-care is not a luxury, whenever I feel I am not enough instead of going towards self-critic I should go towards self-care. I have discovered what matters to me is the will of God, my soul, my internal peace, my family and my dreams. I have made the right relationship with myself which is helping me to serve others well. I have learned to be grateful for everything God has given in my life. Because of SELP and coaching, I’ve learned how important it is to surround oneself with positive and resourceful people and I am keen to surround myself with positive people in the future as well. I’ve learned not to do things to please others but to please God and do them wholeheartedly. Now I know being a woman I don’t need to step back from my carrier development and I feel a great strength in me to achieve my goals. Everything we talked about in these coaching sessions has helped me to move towards becoming a better version of myself with every passing day. It has given me much more confidence and led me to understand the art of decision making. What I have learned through the SELP and coaching program outnumbers from all things I have mentioned above. I have learned a lot and I am currently coaching others as well because I believe in passing goodness. I am optimistic that I am and I will keep transferring everything I have learned to my community.   I am thankful to SWLC, Ewha and my coach for doing such an amazing job in my life this past year. I always want to stay connected with SWLC and Ewha. 

InterviewMy 'One Day' Has Come!

February 05, 2020

Reflection on 2019 SELP CoachingMy ‘One Day’ Has Come!by Meera JacobThe year 2019 had definitely been challenging and transformational in many ways. In July I attended the Scranton Ewha Leadership Program, little did I know the effect it would have on me. It was perhaps one of the most memorable week in my life. The people I met there have made a significant impact in my life. Even today we talk and exchange pleasantries and discuss things even though miles apart. I had initially signed up for the Coaching program out of mere curiosity and now, it is the reason where I am today. I was working as a Communicative English teacher back when I came for SELP 2019. Knowing I wanted to do in life but always held back thinking to myself ‘one day’ I will follow my dreams and passion, right now what was need was a stable job. As rewarding as a profession teaching is, I knew that it is not my cup of tea. I don’t regret the fact that I did it for almost a year, in fact I learned a lot from it and it was time to learn from that and follow my heart. It was during my coaching session with Hae Sook Mam did I get the courage to venture out and follow my dreams. In one of my session in October, she asked me to draw a time line on what my future plans were. Charting out things made more sense to me than it ever did in my head. I realized that ‘one day’ will never come as long as I am in my comfort zone. Soon after that session, I took a leap of faith and applied for doing another MA in Creative Writing, because I have always wanted to work in publishing. Initially it was just a chance I took never expecting anything, it was told that to get into writing school at UK is very difficult. I can never forget the day she asked, if the applications do not go through, do you have a backup plan? It made me think of other things I wanted to achieve in life and the possibilities. Though it didn’t come to that I learnt one of the greatest life lessons, to always have a backup plan. But things started changing when I got my first offer letter. It was the happiest day, someone thought my writing was good enough to be accepted into writing school. It was in November I received the second, third and fourth offer letter. It wasn’t just getting into any college now, there was a choice and it was a difficult decision to make. Again my mentor came in as a saving grace and calmly walked me through the pros and cons, about the university, its location, the content of the courses, actually she made me do it and things started falling into place. She even connected me to her daughter who was an international student on how things are when studying abroad. Things became clearer and I decided on Manchester Metropolitan University after much deliberation.The catch was the courses started in January and I had no idea if could get things ready in a month. I needed a student loan to get the visa and pay for my tuition and the rest. The visa in itself takes up to twenty days and the Christmas holidays were coming up, it will take up to four weeks to get the loan, there was utter confusion again and the possibilities of going in January seemed so slim. By God’s Grace and literally some angels sent from heaven, everything changed during the last week of December. The visa official turned out to be a batch mate whom I knew personally, hadn’t seen or talked to in six years and the visa came in five days with his help. The bank called and asked for official stamp paper of a certain amount to issue the loan, it was a Friday and there was a total shutdown of all shops due to unrest and it was impossible to get it during the weekends. I and dad were running around trying to find the official stamp paper which is available only near the courts. We were enquiring at a bakery if there is anyone who sells it nearby and this random lady behind us told, “You may have to wait till Monday to get the stamp paper, let me make a call and see” It was the most strenuous ten minutes of my life. She gave us an address to go to and there was a man who had what we needed. A minute before or after if we had gone to the bakery, we would have never have met that woman, literally an angel in disguise. Things started falling into places as if meant to be, as if some greater force is planning and charting a new route, a new destiny. On Tuesday night I was on the flight to Manchester. Sitting on a couch in the common living room overlooking the busy Piccadilly Station I am happy with the choices made and so glad that I had a mentor to guide me, to push me beyond my comfort zone. Had I not chooses to go for mentoring that day, I wouldn’t be where I am today. What started out as a random curiosity changed the course of my life and I am forever thankful to Scranton and the mentorship program for it took me places.

InterviewA Time to Know about Myself

February 04, 2020

Reflection on 2019 SELP CoachingA Time to Know About Myselfby Hillela Pray Samuel James VethamuthuI thank God Almighty for this immense opportunity and my coach Dr. Stella Kim for being with me for the past six months. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Scranton Women’s Leadership Center (SWLC) and Ewha University for organising this programme. One of the sessions was on time management and being organised,  as I suffered from great stress owing to my new job, giving rise to an entirely new lifestyle. My coach suggested that I list the various things I have to do and categorise them. I may not be able to say I have become perfectly organized. But, I know there is a profound difference in my time management skills and less stress involved. Being an inspiration to students is another topic we discussed. Being able to say ‘no’ , maintaining work-life balance and overcoming indecisiveness were some of the other topics.The method followed is very effective. For each session, she made me decide on an expected goal and outcome in the beginning of the session as well. In this context, I have to mention the indispensable role played by the instructions given during SELP, when She asked various questions like ‘Why is that important to you?’ What will happen if you do not do this? ‘How will you feel if you achieve in doing this?’ and made me come up with the answers. This method is very relevant in this context as my coach and I belong to different nationalities and follow different cultures. Further facilitating me to come up with a solution rather than imposing a solution on me made me feel responsible for it. Every session ended with a measurable time-bound action plan, set by me. I have decided to follow the same method when students come to me to share their problems.The special thing about one-to-one coaching in my opinion, is individual attention. Having someone to listen to the cares of the heart and confusions of the mind, in order to live an effective life made me feel truly privileged. SELP coaching helped clarify my clouded thoughts. Although I was talking to my coach, it felt more like a time of introspection to know more about myself. I understood that many of life’s problems can be solved by just sharing about it in an organised way, as the coach facilitates us to do so. Genuine care and concern for the well-being of the candidates have been witnessed by me in Scranton Scholars Leadership Program 2018, Scranton-Ewha Leadership Program 2019 and particularly in the Coaching Program after SELP. You offer standard and quality opportunities for development, without extracting any money from us. Grateful to my coach and the organizing team for making these coaching sessions possible! Thank you once again!

Interview 2019 연변대학교 국제연구생학원 DMZ 프로그램

November 29, 2019

스크랜턴센터가 연변대학교 국제대학원에서 주관해 온 글로벌리더십세미나를 수강했던 학생 중 8명이 교환학생으로 공부하며 한국에 머무르고 있다. 이들은 1년간 서울대학교, 한국학중앙연구원, 동국대학교에서 수강하며 자신들의 전공학과 학업은 물론 한국의 문화를 체험하고 배우는 시간을 가질 예정이다.  KBS 탐방에 이어 지난 11월 8일부터 9일까지 이틀간 이들은 강원도 인제에 위치한 한국 DMZ평화생명동산을 방문해 프로그램에 참여했다. 평화생명동산 정성헌 이사장의 강의와 다양한 체험 활동 그리고 리플렉션이 진행 됐으며, 그 순서들을 통해 학생들은 생명보존과 평화는 밀접하게 연관이 있다는 것을 배웠다. 더불어 환경오염 문제가 심각한 오늘날 자연과 인류 사이의 평화를 이룩하기 위해 스스로 어떤 리더십을 발휘할 것인가를 고민하고 배우는 시간을 가졌다. 이 프로그램에는 연변대학교 국제대학원 학생들과 리더십 세미나를 진행해 온 전해자 선생, 스크랜턴센터의 김혜선 사무총장, 조인영 인턴이 함께했다. 도미옥 / 서울대학교 법학 이전에는 환경 보호에 관해 '나 혼자 해봤자 무슨 소용이 있을까' 라고 생각했지만 이번 경험을 통해 '나라도 해야지' 라는 마음을 갖게 되었다. 귀찮고 불편함을 떠나 실천하며 주변사람들에게도 이런 생각을 전파하며 환경 보호에 자그마한 힘이라도 보태겠다. 정해군 / 한국학중앙연구원 국어국문학 자연과의 교감, 맑은 공기와 함께 정 이사장님께서 해주신 평화와 생명에 대한 강의를 통해 이전에는 생각하지 못했던 것들을 생각해보게 되었다. 또한 비무장지대를 방문하게 된 것도 큰 의미였다. 문가기 / 한국학중앙연구원 한국사학 환경보호를 위해 일상 생활의 사소한 것부터 실천하고자 한다. 생명과 평화의 중요성을 알게 되었고, 앞으로 신문을 더 많이 읽어 주변 나라의 아픔을 이해하고 스스로에 대한 반성을 하는 기회로 삼겠다. 전서혜 / 서울대학교 지리학과 지구의 환경 문제는 모든 이들에게 책임이 있다는 것을 배웠다. 특히 경제 규모가 큰 나라들의 책임이 더 크다고 생각한다.  중국으로 돌아가더라도 할 수 있다면 쓰레기 분리수거를 하겠다. 최예영 / 서울대학교 민상법학  추운 가을 날씨에도 잘만 성장하고 있는 생물들과 식물들의 강인함을 느꼈다. 더불어 어미 염소를 따라다니는 아기 염소들을 보면서 그들 또한 우리와 똑같은 생명임을 깨달았다.류예언 / 서울대학교 지리학과  이 세계는 모든 것들이 연결 되어 있다는 것을 배웠다. 더불어 한국의 아름다운 경관을 보고 대학에서 지리를 가르치고 싶다는 확고한 마음이 들었다.강려영 / 동국대학교 정치외교학  ‘만사를 안다는 것은 밥 한 그릇을 먹는 이치를 아는 데 있다’는 뜻의 萬事知食一碗(만사지식일완)이라는 말을 알게 되어, 밥을 먹을 때에 그 의미를 한번씩 되새길 것이다. 윤예영 / 한국학중앙연구원 국어국문학 꿀벌이 죽으면 인간도 살아 남을 수 없다는 말을 듣고 환경보호를 위해 작은 것부터라도 실천하기로 마음 먹었다.   

AdvocacyHow big is your world?

September 03, 2019

How big is your world?After participating IELP in the Philippinesby Young Hee Chung    I arrived at the Philippine international airport on June 30, 2019. At that time, I had half of worries and half of expectation in my mind, because it was my first experience staying with foreigners over a month. While having lunch at the Jollibee, the most popular fast-food restaurant in the Philippines, I remembered many leadership training programs in the Philippines. I have worked with the Scranton Women's Leadership Center since 2007 to create and develop Asian women's leadership developing programs. Most of the programs were conducted in English because participants came from various countries around the world. For me, who was born in Korea and grew up in Korea, it has always been a big challenge to make and carry out programs in English. To communicate more actively with diverse participants, I needed to improve my English skills. Thus, I participated in the ‘Intensive English Language Program’ with 15 university faculties from six Asian countries. The program was held from July 1 to August 15, 2019, at Miriam College in Manila, the Philippines. I was able to attend thanks to the scholarship program of the UB and the Scranton Women's Leadership Center.   This IELP program was a valuable opportunity to communicate with friends of diverse cultures. I used to ask a question in my leadership development program, "How big is your world?." It allowed my world to connect and expand with others. During the 46 days of the IELP, I had a cross-cultural experience. In the first class, my Chinese friends greeted me in Korean, and my Myanmar friends also said to me Korean food names. I had many conversations with my friends from Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, and Indonesia, while shopping, traveling, discussing, and working as a team. Especially, I built a friendship with my Vietnamese and Indonesian roommates by sharing personal stories and teaching English together. One day, I saw my Myanmar friends walking with white flowers on their heads. But I observed that my Indonesian friends' facial expression became frown slightly at that moment. I want to know and understand Indonesian friends feeling and thought. So I asked them what the meaning of the white flowers is. They explained it meant death because the white flower is used to decorate a coffin at a funeral. At that time, I came to think of the true meaning of communication. I experienced that communication is not just speaking with correct grammar, but understanding the cultural context through listening and empathy. After this experience, I tried to communicate actively with others without thinking of whether my English was speaking correctly or not. Thus, I could communicate beyond boundaries and  my world became bigger.   Now, I remember the participant named Tri in the IELP. She came from Indonesia and majored in civil engineering. She studied through the scholarship of the Scranton Women's Leadership Center and now teaches university students. When I listened to Tri's story, I convinced that the Scranton scholarship program has cultivated Asian women leaders successfully. Once again, thank you to the UB and the Scranton Women's Leadership Center for the opportunity to be equipped with English communication skills and cross-cultural understanding. Furthermore, I will keep going on contribution to creating the Asian women leadership training program. 

AdvocacyCampaign for International Women's Day 2019

June 04, 2019

Scranton Women's Leadership Center and Scranton Scholars conducted a Campaign for International Women's Day from March 8th to April 7th, 2019. International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme was #BalanceforBetter. We celebrated this historic day and wanted to promote a more developed consciousness and a union of women around the world. Though Scranton scholars were far from each other, they spoke out their voice on Facebook for women's right. There is still a long road for us to walk for gender equality in the country, society, workplace, school, and home but we go one step at a time. We never stop.We believe that the society will evolve beautifully when our opinions are gathered.We believe that the nation will change once our strength is gathered.We believe that the world will develop righteously if our voices are gathered.Proud Scranton Scholars! You are never alone. We are one sister and one family!Our solidarity will change society, nation and world to our generations and future generations live with more laughter!Therefore, Make IWD your day - everyday! 

AdvocacyInternational Women's day 2019

March 08, 2019

Campaign for International Women’s DayMake IWD your day? everyday!March 8 - April 7, 2019International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in several countries. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere!International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.Scranton Women's Leadership Center would like to put together a campaign for women with you. How can you join the steps for women's equality and progress for all? The method of participation is as follows.1. Take a picture of yourself with an official pose as below. This official pose means balance.2. Think of the three words in regards to IWD or this campaign theme.3. Insert #1 and #2 into the official form we attached as follows. If you cannot work with a computer, you can draw a picture.4. Upload #3 to Scranton Center Facebook timeline with an explanation of why you chose the three words based on your own values and experiences. Please tag your Facebook account when you upload this post.5. Scranton Center will select impressive articles and post them on the center’s official website.The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world! Better the balance, better the world!* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScrantonWLCenter* Email: scrantoncenter@scrantoncenter.org

Interview2018 연변대학교 국제연구생학원 DMZ 여행

October 25, 2018

연변대학교에서 스크랜턴여성리더십센터가 주관하는 글로벌리더십세미나를 수강했던 국제연구생학원 10명의 학생들이 한국에 교환학생으로 공부하러 왔다. 이들은 1년간 여러 다양한 대학으로 흩어져 한국을 배우고 자신들의 전공분야를 더 폭넓게 공부할 예정이다. 이에 스크랜턴센터는 이들이 한국에 있는 동안 한국에 대해 더 깊이 배우고 경험할 수 있도록 지원하기로 하고 이번 여행을 준비했다. 지난 10월 6일부터 7일까지 1박 2일 동안 강원도 속초 바다와 강원도 인제에 위치한 한국DMZ평화생명동산을 찾았다. 특별히 한국DMZ평화생명동산에서는 심각한 환경문제를 일깨워주고 자연과 인류의 평화가 우선되어야만 우리에게 미래가 있다는 것을 배우고 이를 위해 각자가 자신의 삶의 자리에서 어떤 리더십을 발휘할 수 있는지를 고민하는 의미 있는 시간을 가졌다. 이 자리에는 그 동안 연변대학교에서 글로벌리더십세미나를 진행해온 전해자, 정영희 선생들님과 스크랜턴센터의 권태연 실장, 송주희, 김시영 인턴이 함께하였다. 10 students from the Graduate School of International Studies, Yanbian University of China, who took the Global Leadership Seminar organized by Scranton Women's Leadership Center (SWLC), came to Korea as exchange students. They are attending various Korean universities for a year to learn about Korea and study their major fields more widely. SWLC decided to support them to learn and experience Korea more deeply while they were in Korea. On October 6-7, 2018, we went on a 1 Night-2 Day trip to Sokcho Beach and the Korea DMZ Peace-Life Valley in Inje, Gangwon-do. We had a meaningful time where we were enlightened about serious environmental problems and learned that peace between nature and humanity must be a priority in order for us to have a future. In regards to what we learned, we also had the time to reflect on what kind of leadership each individual can show in his or her own life.  Ms. Hae Ja Jeon and Mrs. Younghee Chung, the teachers and facilitators of the Global Leadership Seminar in Yanbian University, also attended this trip along with Irene Kwon, the Associate Director of SWLC, and Interns Juhee Song and Sea Kim.  진정 / 한국학중앙연구원 한국고전문헌학 전공자연과 인간 사이의 평화는 미래의 인류가 직면하는 매우 중요한 문제이자 행복한 생활의 전제이다. 비록 우리가 자연의 규율을 바꿀 수는 없지만, 힘이 닿는 범위 안에서 자연과의 평화를 위해 노력해야 한다는 것을 배웠다.Peace between nature and humans is a very important issue facing humanity in the future and a precondition for a happy life. Although we cannot change the rules of nature, I have learned that we must strive for peace with nature within reach. 이호봉 / 서울대학교 국제대학원 법학 전공자연은 생명을 잉태하고, 좋은 자연 환경은 인류 사회에 진정한 평화를 가져다 준다는 것을 배웠다.Nature gives birth to life, and good natural environment brings true peace to human society.  반우흔 / 서울대학교 국제대학원 국제학과 전공 우리는 지구라는 땅에서 함께 자원을 나누며 산다. 이번 프로그램은 내 삶뿐만 아니라 지구에서 함께 살아가는 수많은 사람들의 삶까지 돌아볼 수 있도록 만들었다. We live on the earth together, share the earth's resources. This program made me understand that we should consider not only our own life, but also the thousands of other lives on the earth. 김운죽 / 한국학중앙연구원 한국사 전공비록 개인의 힘은 미약할지라도 함께 동참하면 큰 영향을 줄 수 있다는 것을 배웠다.I learned that each individual person may have insignificant power, but together, it will be a huge impact. 사완진 / 한국학중앙연구원 문예학 전공생명에 기초하지 않는 평화는 의미가 없다는 것을 배웠다.  Peace that isn’t based on life is meaningless.최금남 / 북한대학원대학교 사회학 전공좋은 환경이 없다면 경제 발전은 아무 소용이 없다. Without a good environment, economic progress is nothing. 

Interview2017 연변대 국제연구생학원 DMZ Workshop

November 14, 2017

2017년 11월 4-5일, 연변대학교 국제연구생학원 7명의 학생들과 스크랜턴 센터는 특별한 시간을 가졌다. 이 학생들은 한국에 일년 간 교환학생으로 방문하였는데, 스크랜턴 센터는 이 학생들의 한국유학을 풍성하게 보내는데 도움을 주기 위해 특별한 워크샵을 마련했다. 세계 유일한 분단국가인 한국 현장에서, 특히 북한과 가까운 강원도 속초와 강원도 인제 DMZ 평화생명동산을 방문하여 평화와 생명에 대한 이야기를 하고자 했고, 동북아와 세계 평화를 위한 지도자 양성이라는 글로벌 프레임 안에서 학생들에게 선한 도전을 주고자 했다. 2년동안 연변대학교에서 글로벌리더십세미나를 진행해온 전해자 교수와 정영희 교수가 학생들을 위해 제공할 수 있는 워크샵을 고민하며 센터와 함께 이번 자리를 준비하게 되었고, 스크랜턴 센터에서는 김혜선 사무총장 그리고 권태연 실장이 참석하였다. 장예 / 서울대학교 국제대학원 지리학 전공정성헌 이사장님의 강의를 듣고 공동체, 인간과 자연의 조화로움에 대한 새로운 인식을 갖게 되었습니다. "스스로, 함께, 꾸준히"라는 구호를 가지고 함께 꾸준히 노력을 하겠습니다.  이승남 / 서울대학교 국제대학원 지리학 전공이틀 동안의 경험은 저의 사고방식을 개변 시켰습니다.1. "연결"의 관점으로 문제를 바라보게 되었습니다. 일상생활에서의 아주 작을 일일지라도 전세계에 큰 영향을 일으킬 수 있다는 것을 알게 되었습니다.2. "생각"을 "실천"으로 바꾸는 것이 꿈을 이루는 첫걸음 이라는 것을 느끼게 되었습니다.오늘날의 평화를 더더욱 소중하게 여기겠습니다. 이천 / 한국학중앙연구소 한국문학 전공을지 전망대에 올라갔을 때 많은 것을 느꼈습니다. 하나의 민족, 하나의 국가가 전쟁 때문에 분단의 아픔을 겪는 다는 것은 가슴 아픈 일인 것 같습니다. 이는 남북한만의 문제가 아닙니다. 휴전협정에 싸인을 한 모든 국가들에게 책임이 있습니다. 같은 비극의 재발을 방지해야 한다고 생각합니다.  유혜민 / 서울대학교 국제대학원 관광학 전공 한국과 북한의 분단상태에 대해 더욱 직관적인 인식을 갖게 되었습니다. 남북한 문제가 다른 국가의 영향도 많이 받는다는 것을 알게 되었습니다. “중국인으로서 저희는 어떤 영향력을 발휘해야 할까?”라는 생각도 해보았습니다. 김춘파 / 연변대학교대학원 국제관계학 전공조선족으로서 조선반도(한반도) 평화를 위해 해야할 일 그리고 사명감이 무척 많습니다. 그래서 제가 할 수 있는 일은 내가 성장해서 나의 행동을 통해 주변인들에게 영향을 주는 것이 기본적인 일이라고 생각합니다. 또 이해하는 법을 많이 배우고 사용해서 누구든지 이해할 수 있는 큰 마음을 가지겠습니다.  박홍희 / 동국대학교대학원 북한학 전공나는 이사회의 일원으로서 평화적으로 만드는 일에 책임감을 가져야 합니다. 자연, 생명에 대한 생각도 많이 깊어졌습니다. 앞으로 살면서 절약하고 아끼고 존중하며 더 나은 삶을 가져야겠습니다. 남북한 관계를 위해 조선족의 노력도 중요하니, 열심히 공부하고 책임감 있게 많은 소통과 노력을 하겠습니다.  박설 / 동국대학교대학원 북한학 전공저는 존재감이 없고 누구에게 영향을 미치지 못하는 사람이라고 스스로 생각했습니다. 하지만 1박 2일의 여행을 통해 저의 행동들이 영향력이 있다는 것과 남북한의 평화를 위해 한 몸 바칠 수 있다는 점, 나아가 우리가 살아가는 세계에 평화를 가져다 줄 수 있다는 것을 깨달았습니다. 작디 작은 사람이지만 나도 남에게 그리고 세계에 영향을 미칠 수 있다는 점에서 벅차고 감명받았습니다. 너무나 고맙고 사랑합니다.  

InterviewInterview with Scranton Scholar, Jovelie Reyno Rondon

April 17, 2017

(From left) Rev. Hea Sun Kim (Director of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center), Jovelie Reyno Rondon (Scranton Scholar), Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang (Director of Wesley Foundation)  Hello, everyone! I am Sienna Eunsoo Kang, an intern of Scranton Women's Leadership Center. I participated in 2017 Asian Young Women's Leadership Development held in Vietnam in February, where I met a friend who was a Scranton scholar! She has graduated from university, has grown into a powerful woman leader and has had a tremendous impact on where she is. I was so proud that she was a Scranton Scholar because the leadership she showed during the program was amazing! I wanted to listen more of her story with the thought that I would be impressed if I met other Scranton Scholars. So I had dinner with her before the end of the program and I traveled her life for a while. Can we go into that trip together? 1. Hello, Jovel! I’m Eunsoo Kang, intern of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center. Thank you very much for granting the interview and I am so glad we can have this time! Could you please introduce yourself?Hello! I am glad to introduce myself to other Scranton family. My name is Jovelie Reyno Rondon and I’m from Philippines.  My university was Harris Memorial College and I was Scranton scholar in 2014. I have been very thankful to Scranton Women’s Leadership Center because I was looking forward scholar when I applied in Harris Memorial College about this scholar. They who were in my college asked me apply to Scranton Scholarship and then Scranton Center gave me scholarship so I'm so thankful with them that they paid my senior year tuition fee.2. What was your feel when you receive the Scranton Scholarship?I felt so blessed because I was so hopeful the scholarship because I can graduate from my college this year. I am thankful that I found the Scranton Scholarship. I could maintain my grade at good and I am also having a special word and special mention. I am so glad that someone trust us like a Scranton so I realized we can do it. We are the best to payback as we were reward because we did it in best in study so I think that's a great things that we can do for Scranton just do are rest they can continue so far some soon that also so other student around the world.  3. Then, What is your change in your life after receive the Scranton Scholarship?At that time I don't have any scholarship so I felt so sad and really concerned because my family couldn’t support me anymore. But at that time, my teacher told me you can apply in here, Scranton. When I heard the Scranton scholarship that is the supporting women I felt so glad because my hope regained again, gave me hope more again to go to continue the things I started it in my patient. Therefore, it was change in my life and it reminded me that Scranton support me and I need to support someone as payback when they study they can continue and still have hope for education. It is one of the gracious things so I super thankful for Scranton because they are the one who trusted me and gave me the enough money so that it can help me to graduate on my university!4. What is your these days life?I graduated Harrison Memorial College. Now, I am in preschool teacher from Monday to Friday and I teach the preschoolers and then Saturday and Sunday I work in church staying a church teaching quire, playing the organ for the church service and also I'm holding the children ministry and youth ministry in my church.  I am so grateful because I finished my study and now my life is used to by the church. I am so blessed to be in deaconess service in church service so I serve God and I need to share the one love of God to others. 5. It is very touching to hear the scholar's story like this. Especially, the energy of gratitude and joy you say is so good! So I am really looking forward to your future. What are your vision, goal and dream as a woman leader in the future?After some now I take the master degree and I plan to continue if God support me to learns for doctorate because I want to get higher education for becoming more active so that if I can receive the education I can help part things of the education tool with others so that can share the knowledge, especially it will be able to more for the women. Mostly I want my future in my life will be at the power and for women. Also I continue the ministry in my church and give someone opportunity to experience this kind of leadership so we can help a lack of woman to become more effective and be blessed. We have this kind of things and we are in power that we can do!6. Wow, thank you very much for giving the time and interview! I was happy to hear your story and it has been a lot of excitement to me. I think it would be enough for other Scranton scholars! Finally, if there is something you would like to say to other scholars to see this interview, would you please?Yes, I’m very thankful to Scranton and you. It was a great time for me and thank again for allowing me this opportunity. One of the great chances to study and strive is when someone will help you and believe in you to pursue your dream. Scranton scholarship is one who helps me to attain that dream in finishing my College degree. So I can say that because they believe in the ability of their scholars they help us to dream dreams. Being a woman young leader is not that easy but I know that when you believe to someone, you uplift there life and you make their life. And that's so awesome for the glory of God.Has her story been a strength and encourage for you? She was running for her dreams and a hopeful future even though she had a difficult situation. I believe that Jovel is not only in the Philippines but also in this time around the world. Scranton Scholars! You are so beautiful beings. We believe that you are the women leaders who will move the world in the future. For the day when this earth can be more peaceful and smile, let's go together!