Barrett student Savannah Prida selected for Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders program

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November 16, 2021

Savannah Prida, a senior in Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University’s West campus, has been selected as one of 10 fellows for the Gettysburg College Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders program.

Prida, along with the other fellows, will attend the program January 8-14, 2022 at Gettysburg College, a private liberal arts college whose 225-acre campus is adjacent to the Civil War-era Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. 

The Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders Fellowship is organized and sponsored by the Gettysburg College Peace and Justice Studies Program, the Garthwait Leadership Center and the Consortium for North American Peace Programs.

Seventy undergraduates from institutions across the United States, Canada and Mexico applied for this fellowship, which aims to equip undergraduates with critical skills to become transformative leaders who will create valuable and positive change.

“I feel truly grateful to have been chosen to participate in the Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders program. When reading the bios of the other fellows I was so impressed by everyone’s depth of community involvement and feel so honored that the leadership at Gettysburg College felt the same about my community work,” said Prida, who is in ASU’s 4+1 program pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social justice and human rights.

Prida said she developed an interest in transformative leadership as a member of Next Generation Service Corps (NGSC) at ASU. 

“NGSC introduced me to the idea of transformative leadership by showing me what it looked like to be a leader for positive social change. Between the mentorship of NGSC and my coursework as a student of social justice and human rights I have come to realize meaningful social change is only possible through transformative leadership,” she said. 

Fellows in the Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders program will participate in workshops on various themes, including effective facilitation and transformative leadership; public speaking and communication; grant writing for social impact; conflict resolution; lessons gleaned from the U.S. Civil War for today’s polarized times; community partnerships; policy-making for social change; developing and mobilizing a resilient entrepreneurial mindset; strategic political organizing; and building sustainable social movements. 

After the week-long program, fellows will spend a year designing, implementing and assessing their own social change project and offering insights from the experience to guide and inspire future cohorts of Peace and Justice Transformative Leaders.

Prida said her project will focus on the Prison Industrial Complex and prison reform on a local level. 

She plans to develop and implement a re-integration project to accompany the Tiger Mountain Foundation’s existing workforce development programs. 

Tiger Mountain Foundation is a non-profit in South Phoenix whose mission is to empower people by building community gardens and providing job skills, support, and workforce development through neighborhood revitalization. 

Prida’s project would create a space for community members who have been incarcerated to share their stories, get assistance with financial planning and have access to community events that focus on a narrative shift around incarceration. 

 “When I graduate from ASU, I aspire to serve in the Peace Corps. I see myself utilizing the skills I gain through this fellowship to be a better advocate as I plan on attending law school to pursue a career in human rights law. I see law as a pathway to transform my passion for social justice and human rights into a career and to bring justice to those who have been victims of human rights violations,” Prida said.

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