December 15, 2004
Whitworth Senior Selected for Leadership Role in Planning National Conference
Ceseña, a vocal-performance major, has been selected to serve on the leadership planning committee for the summer conference of the National Network of Presbyterian College Women (NNPCW). She attended the conference in Los Angeles last summer, and through that experience, she was nominated for the planning position for the 2005 conference, which will be held in late July in Chicago.
"It's a really exciting role, but there's also a lot of responsibility and pressure attached to it," Ceseña says. "We have to spend a lot of time researching and planning exciting material for the women who will attend the conference so that they come away from it feeling like they have gained knowledge and the power to use that knowledge in the world."
The conference will feature a series of events, workshops, lectures and off-site trips with the purpose of educating college women about women in social action," Ceseña says. "There will be a group of college women there from all around the country and even other parts of world who will spend time building relationships with each other, discussing the workshops and lectures, and networking for future opportunities in social action."
On December 17, Ceseña will travel to Louisville, Ky., to plan the conference with three other college women.
"We will be planning workshop materials, discussing possible guest lecturers, searching for off-site locations to visit, finalizing an official title for the conference, and organizing other events for the conference," Ceseña says.
Ceseña's interest in the NNPCW was piqued through Women in Society Everywhere, or WISE, which is a social-activism club on the Whitworth campus.
"WISE is a group that is active in teaching about feminism and what it is to be woman in society," Ceseña says. "As a Christian woman, it has been fundamentally important for me to learn about the history of women and learn about my own place in that story."
After graduating from Whitworth, Ceseña plans to pursue social-activism causes globally.
"I want to get involved internationally - perhaps through social work or politics," she says. "I hope to join the Peace Corps and join the fight against AIDS in Africa. I'd like to study through the Monterey Institute of Language to become a translator. I'm really open to God's plan for me right now and I'm trying not to put too many expectations or limitations on that."
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.