The ROTC program at Jackson State University and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology hosted the West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity (WPLEC) Workshop on Friday, March 1st, 2019 to help prepare youth from area public schools for careers in STEM.
The goal of the workshop was to show the relationship between effective ethical leadership and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Current West Point cadet college students led breakout sessions regarding the benefits and challenges of ethical leadership as well as guidance about college and technical career opportunities. CEMOs graduate students led hands on experimental and computational demonstrations.
Over 280 JROTC students from Jackson metro area high schools participated in the West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity (WPLEC) workshop on Friday, March 1st, 2019. Dr. Shonda Allen, JSU CEMOs Outreach Lead, organized the workshop, which included a key-note lecture by Tia Larsen-Calcano, breakout sessions with current West Point cadets and a fitness challenge.
Keynote speaker Tia Larsen-Calcano, a doctoral student at the University of Central Florida, is a researcher focused on Human Factors – the science relating people to technology. She specializes in human automation interaction, such as spending an exorbitant amount of time figuring out what should be the ideal size, shape and color of a hazard light. Larsen-Calcano said big decisions should not be taken lightly. “Do your research, make a plan and follow it. The first few years out of high school will be the hardest, but as we make mistakes we grow. This is the time when you determine what your moral compass will be.”
Current West Point cadet college students led breakout sessions regarding the benefits and challenges of ethical leadership and discovering your individual moral compass. JROTC students completed essays on their personal goals after high school graduation as well as numerous fitness challenges. Dr. Glake Hill, Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski and JSU CEMOs graduate students lead demonstrations in virtual reality as well as small experiments.