June 1, 2019
#006 - Charla about Compassionate Leadership at SDSU and beyond
In this episode, President de la Torre chats with Dr. Luke Wood, Chief Diversity Officer, and two of our phenomenal student leaders, Ayesha Kosaka and Michael Wiafe. They discuss their individual perspectives on Compassionate Leadership from their respective leadership roles at SDSU and beyond.
“A compassionate leader will understand that when they're in the workplace, that leadership can be anywhere and it may not manifest in the way you express leadership”-President de la Torre.
“It's important that as we come into an environment and continue to diversify and be inclusive” -Luke Wood.
"I think compassion means to just really empathize with one another and understanding where someone is coming from and just really understanding the perspective outside of your own" -Ayesha Kosaka
"A lot of people think about diversity as ethnic diversity or just the way you look. But it goes so much deeper" -Michael Wiafe
About Dr. Adela de la Torre
Dr. Adela de la Torre joined San Diego State University in June 2018, as the first woman and Latina president. She brings 30 years of service and leadership roles within institutions of higher education and shares these experiences with open arms. She has two daughters who are both married, a grandson, a husband, and three dogs! Adela discusses the challenges she faced in college, her mentors, her heart-led leadership style, and her vision to help all types of students at SDSU feel confident in their goals.
About Dr. J. Luke Wood
J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Formerly,
Wood served as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego
State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program
in Community College Leadership.
Wood also serves as the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color. CCEAL houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color.
About Ayesha Kosaka
My time in college has been a special one. I have become confident in my creative passions and have been able to release that energy through filmmaking. I have been fortunate enough to kindle relationships with like-minded friends who would soon become dynamic business partners for our very own film label that we founded in our sophomore year: Plugged Productions. Through cinematic storytelling, we have been able to use our projects to spark conversation locally and nationally for social change. The best part: I’m just getting started!
About Michael Wiafe