The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

We believe in the power of human beings to change the world for the better. Aware, connected, creative human beings make innovative and inspired decisions. We cultivate the capacity for adaptive leadership and social responsibility in the next generation of global change-makers.

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WeMAP: Women’s Mentoring & Advocacy Program



WeMAP encourages anyone that identifies as a woman to apply. We want to extend a warm hug to those that apply and we wish you the best of luck. Mentors and mentees will be announced through email on 9.9.16.

Apply to be a WeMAP Mentor (Grad Students)

WeMAP mentors are UF graduate students who are passionate about forming relationships and developing young female leaders. WeMAP mentors are self-determined and take initiative with leading 3-4 mentees through community outreach, group meetings, and following up with the conversation throughout the academic school year. Mentors make themselves available to actively engage with their mentees at monthly meetings and biweekly check-ins.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 2nd

Apply to be a WeMAP Mentee (Undergrads)

WeMAP mentees are UF undergraduates who are interested in strengthening personal leadership capacity as well as the empowerment of other female leaders. Through monthly meetings, mentors and mentees will develop leadership skills, bring awareness to issues women are facing in our world, and form meaningful relationships as they work toward the spring women and leadership conference.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 2nd

Mission Statement

The Women’s Mentoring and Advocacy Program (WeMAP) guides students in becoming global leaders through strengthening personal leadership capacity and learning to navigate the gendered world around us.

Program Description

WeMAP is a mentorship program in the Department of Agricultural Education & Communication that explores aspects of women’s leadership through team building, constructive dialogue, guest lectures, and opportunities for community engagement. Graduate student mentors are matched with three to four undergraduate mentees for the academic year to form positive relationships, strengthen personal leadership capacity, and empower other female leaders. Participants in the program have the opportunity to share components of personal leadership philosophies with young females in the community, with the ultimate end-goal of designing, developing, and executing a women’s leadership conference for the greater UF and Gainesville community.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this mentorship program, students will develop the following competencies:

  1. Develop intercultural communication competencies by identifying cultural components of oneself, learning the cycle of socialization, and exploring stereotypes, prejudice, and ethnocentrism.
  2. Develop authentic leadership capacity by identifying personal values, developing a leadership philosophy statement and learning how to engage in self-reflection.
  3. Demonstrate characteristics of servant leadership in a global context by facilitating leadership exercises, discussions, and constructs during the Philosophy in Action and WeMAP Spring Conference.
  4. Understand and implement strategies of addressing leadership for global and social change by examining the social change model and identifying social change issues related to student’s field of study.
  5. Explore sources of gender roles and stereotypes, examine personal experiences of stereotyping and define how aspects of stereotypes impact leadership.