Volume 81 | Issue 4
July 2013

Student Leader Profile: Ashley Dallm, University of Wyoming

Dallum2Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

I choose to be involved as a student leader because I believe in continual personal growth, servant leadership, and the future. I am a student leader because I like to be challenged and learn from trial and error. I believe that what is learned outside of the classroom in college is just as valuable as what is learned inside the classroom.

What are your career goals?

I would like to continue to work in a student union at a university. I have wanted to work in education my entire life, and with the experience I had this year, I have narrowed my interests to higher education in a union.

What is one project you are proud to have helped implement on campus?

A project that sticks out is working with Tibetan monks for a week during MLK Days of Dialogue this past January. I was the lead student programmer for the weeklong program with several moving parts. Throughout the week, the monks created a Mandala sand painting that represented peace. They also gave two lectures, lessons on creating a community Mandala sand painting, and a sacred dance performance. This project helped generate true tolerance, love, and cultural growth on our campus. By the end of the week, I had been impacted and inspired by the monks, as had the rest of campus.

What has been most helpful to you as a student leader?

Strong leadership in those in roles above mine has been most helpful to me as a student leader. Otherwise, I would not have been inspired to get more involved and become a real leader. If the full-time staff members in the office had not been good leaders, I would not have become the person I am today. If one of my good friends was not the inspirational leader she is, I would have never tried new clubs at the university that have ultimately changed my leadership style completely.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

I have learned that leadership is in everybody. Leadership is more widespread than I had believed when I left high school to come to college. In college, students in all areas apply themselves to affect the lives of others, and to me, this is true leadership. I have also been able to experience leaders with a variety of leadership styles, which has allowed me to reflect on my own style and change it to be more effective.