Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership (PSCL)
Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership
Your Invitation to Pearson College UWC
located on the unceded territory of the Scia’new
(Beecher Bay) First Nation.
June 10-22, 2018
What does it means to lead together?
Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership (PSCL) is a brand new program launching June 2018 and we want you to join us!
This experiential program grew out of the Pearson Seminar of Youth Leadership (PSYL) and is open to people 18+ years old interested in mobilizing toward social change who have experience in community organizing, anti-oppressive work, experience that is grounded in social justice, or have participated in experiential programs such as/or similar to PSYL and the United World Colleges.
This program came together knowing that as we work to make change in the world - developing skills, growing, and asking questions - we often reach times where we find ourselves needing to recharge, where we are at a moment of change (but where to go?), or are feeling stuck or isolated. We may be excited to share our passions and connect with other changemakers. Maybe we want to collaborate with new people!
PSCL invites you to come dive into some of your questions, deepen you skills and knowledge, and practice what it means to be a leader.
Some questions that we will explore:
What personal skills do we need to lead together?
How do we foster trust, creativity, and compromise with others?
What does inclusive leadership look like?
How do we have difficult conversations with people we may not agree with?
How can I run a program or build a community like at PSYL or a UWC?
Our focus is leadership, social justice, environmental justice, and personal growth. Essentially the issues that are impacting our world, how we relate to them, and how they affect us. We’re committed to making this program collaborative and responsive to your needs, before and during the program. We’ll be a small group (approx 25 participants) - which creates more opportunities to focus on what we need (individually and as a group) to move us forward.
There will be at least 2 optional pre-program skype calls for all participants to discuss your hopes, dreams, and needs for the program, and make some program-related decisions together. During the program, we will be responsive to needs and requests, co-creating a program that supports our whole community. Register before April 15th to join our first program call!
We can’t wait to build this program and #leadtogether with you!
Kat, Kelsey and Rebekah
The PSCL Team
Here are a few reasons why past PSYL participants said they would be excited to return to Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership (PSCL):
“The skills I learned at PSYL (a whole decade ago!) as a participant and facilitator have really helped in my personal and professional life. They are still things I reach into my back pocket for today - and I still have all my journals from those two summers. It would be awesome to revisit something that made such a big impact.”
“PSYL 1.0 was a transformative experience that taught me so much about self-assessment and community building. I have always felt that it would be incredible to connect with an amazing network of alumni, and to deepen what we learned at an older age.”
ARE YOU A UWC ALUMNI INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAM?
PSCL is currently accepting applications for a small group of UWC alumni to join us at PSCL.
The first round of applications for UWC Alumni are due on Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
The second round of applications for UWC Alumni are due on Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
Pearson College alumni have until Friday, April 20, 2018 to apply.
To apply, complete the registration and essay questions on our registration website.
We will let first round applicants know whether they are accepted by Friday, April 20, 2018.
$200 CAD deposits are due when you are accepted into the program. Full payment is due by April 30, 2018.
Questions? Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
When/where will this program take place?
June 10-22, 2018
Pearson College UWC, Sc’ianew Territory
Vancouver Island, Canada
We can provide transportation from Victoria Airport (YYJ) or the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal to Pearson College on June 10th throughout the day, as long as we have your travel information. We will provide drop-off to Victoria Airport (YYJ) or Swartz Bay Ferry terminal until 1pm on June 22nd.
Who’s this program for?
We’re inviting past PSYL participants, animators/facilitators, and coordinators, and a small group of UWC alumni who will be over 18 years of age on June 10, 2018 to join us for this program.
UWC alumni, please read the UWC-specific application instructions above "Program Details" as there are rounds of applications.
How big will our group be?
Our community will be limited to 30 participants, 3 coordinators, and potentially a few guests.
A team of 3 coordinators will design and hold the program. Unlike PSYL, there are only coordinators and participants in this program, and no animators/facilitators. This program is exclusively open to PSYL alumni, and a small group of UWC alumni.
How much will it cost?
The full program fee is $2,600 CAD. An early bird rate of $2,300 CAD applies until February 15, 2018.
We will have a few bursaries available. Bursary applications are due April 20, 2018 - scroll to the bottom of this page for more information. Two to four spots in the program will be held for bursary-supported participants. Most bursaries will cover a portion of the cost of attending the program - not a full scholarship.
Where do I register?
Ready to sign up? Sign up using our registration website, and follow the instructions on how to apply to PSCL.
Register by April 20, 2018 to secure your spot in the program!
**Early Bird Registration Discount Applies until February 15, 2018**
When should I book my travel to Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership?
As this is a pilot program, we have a minimum number of participants we need to register in order to run this program. Please do not book flights, or other transportation until you have confirmed with the PSCL team that we have reached the minimum number of participants needed. Contact us at email@example.com to find out when to book your travel.
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
PSCL has one full program bursary available, and 1-3 partial bursaries (covering approximately half the cost of the program). These bursaries are prioritized for participants from underrepresented communities including (but not limited to) Indigenous peoples from around the world, people from refugee/migrant families, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, people transitioning out of foster care, among other communities.
We recognize that systemic barriers, along with the cost, can make the PSCL program inaccessible for many people. Further ideas about how to find funding to attend this program can be found here.
Please provide the most recent information available. Once completed, please submit this form to the Pearson Seminar on Collaborative Leadership by email: email@example.com. All application forms must be submitted by April 20, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 27, 2018. Please note that bursary funding can only be applied to program fees.
If you are applying for a bursary please do not fill in the online application. We hold spaces for our successful bursary recipients. If you receive a bursary we will then ask you to fill in the online application.
DOWNLOAD THE BURSARY APPLICATION HERE.
MEET OUR TEAM
A team of 3 coordinators will be running the majority of this program. There may be a few guests who visit our program.
Kelsey Cham C.
Yīnyáng rén settler of Chinese-Irish descent living on Coast Salish territories, kelsey is a community organizer and high school drop-out dedicated to revolutionary change for social and climate justice. They spend a lot of time learning from their many practices to find grounded strength, flexibility and humility that support conflict resolution and movement toward positive cultural change. They received their Permaculture Design Certificate from the Nettle’s Guild in Vancouver and is the former garden coordinator at the Purple Thistle youth centre for arts and activism. kelsey is a 3-time national karate champion in Canada and now teaches karate to youth on Mayne Island. Kelsey is also co-founding director of Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest - an arts and music festival centering underrepresented artists of colour, women, queer, trans and 2spirit people as cultural creators and regenerators - and Old Dogwood, a 5-acre land-based community project acting as a bridge for urban and rural exchange on Mayne Island. Kelsey is currently working on what is perhaps the most challenging project of their life so far - building a little house with their partner.
Kathryn (Kat) Mc Cabe
PSYL Coordinator 2012-2014
I am thrilled to be returning to Vancouver Island to pilot the new Collaborative Leadership program and hope to see familiar faces, as well as other returning PSYLers. I have loved the experience of community that PSYL brings and can’t wait to feel that magic again. I am so excited to find out where the years since PSYL have brought you, what questions you sit with, what barriers and frustrations you’ve met and to discover how we can grow into these together.
Having spent my teenage years lost, with no real sense of self or purpose, I eventually connected with my passion in my twenties when I found a radical masters in Australia called Social Ecology. It enabled me to engage with complex systems, design context specific change strategies and, crucially, feel inspired about what is possible when people feel respected and trusted to take the next step towards transformation. I have spent the years since then learning and unlearning; who I am, what the world needs and how I can contribute to…well…changing the world.
My passion is for designing and facilitating emergent programs that can deeply meet the needs of the group. I value intersectional leadership that is personally empowering and enlivening, and that supports social justice and ecological wellbeing. My area of focus is on personal and interpersonal relationship development, as well as a sense of ‘spiritual’ connection to place. I bring a complexity science
perspective that emphasizes actions and reflective practice that integrate personal, social, political and environmental concerns and possibilities. It allows for big picture thinking whilst generating local, context specific strategies for change.
I now work internationally (Ireland (my homeland), UK, Australia and Canada) as an independent consultant and facilitator for groups that are engaged in transformational change.
PSYL Coordinator 2015-present
I'm grateful to return to the shores of Pedder Bay on Sc'ianew territory this June, and to dive into this new program!
PSYL came into my life in 2006 when I was a participant. I was one of the quietest people there, and the feeling of community, questions about the way the world works, and drive for change have stayed with me since. I'm passionate about challenging systemic issues in our world from ecojustice, decolonization and intersectional perspectives, and finding community-centered solutions.
In my work life I wear many hats – some days I’m playing and learning with 3-12 year olds at a forest school, while others I’m teaching climate science to middle schools classes, or creating communications materials like infographics for organizations. PSYL and PSCL are my happy places; I value how we hold space for dialogue, community and personal needs, and how we can ask big questions about ourselves, the issues in our world, and how we can make change.
I find joy in riding my bike, sitting under cedar trees, and singing in a community choir. One of my proudest moments has been finishing a 10,000+km bicycle trip last year, from Vancouver, BC to Cancun, Mexico and then from Calgary, AB back home to Vancouver.
I can’t wait to meet you all, and build PSCL with you