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Title:How does gender increase/decrease the efficacy of the role of president in student run organizations?
Author(s):Bivins, Jaclyn
Subject(s):Student Organizations
African American
Social Spaces
Abstract:This project explores potential differences in the approach of presidents in African American student-run organizations on the basis of gender and aims to answer the following questions: Are there major differences in responsiveness to leaders between pre-professional and social/service extra-curricular activities? Are certain personality characteristics more conducive to effective leadership abilities? Is one gender more dominant in their membership interaction? On the basis of five interviews with presidents and chairpersons of student-run organizations and literature review, the author argues that levels of responsiveness do not vary much between pre-professional and social/service based groups. Further, it is unclear if differences in responsiveness between individuals can be explained by gender or by personality traits. However, the literature reveals that even differences in personality should be viewed as connected to the societal roles given to each respective sex.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-09-02

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.
  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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