Dear Fellow Laurentian,
I used to be a resident at Gilson Hall now known as Commons College. My military training taught me to get to the point quickly. BLUF (bottom line up front) I am developing an interdisciplinary course that explores the concerns of an organization called Common Good (http://commongood.org).
I will award $1000 on May 1, 2016 to the three upperclass women who contribute the most to the development of this course. Even if you are not interested I hope you will help spread the word about my offer to your friends and fellow classmates.
Todd W McCune MD MPH (Class of 1975)
Women appear to have significantly less interest in politics, or it would appear so if you used the amount of money women donate to political campaigns as an indication of interest. A man once said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. It is safe to say that most women have had no military experience. Many women would not seriously consider any career, or any cause, that puts them in harm’s way. To volunteer for a profession or a cause where you risk serious injury, disfigurement or even death is not a viable option for most of us, regardless of our gender. While many people admire courageous individuals, they are reluctant to follow in their footsteps.
The Women’s Leadership Challenge tries to make a case for women to risk political involvement. Our goal is to encourage the women of St Lawrence University to actively support those handful of women who courageously go into harm’s way and oppose violence against other women. We hope this website will help you to understand why people would voluntarily join a close knit community of unrelated men and women willing to put their lives on the line for you. The goal of the St Lawrence Women’s Leadership Challenge is simple: To help women fight, peacefully, for each other.