Oglethorpe Student Helps to Define Her Generation

During her freshman year, Zena Stephens ’13 passed by a rehab center here in Atlanta and realized she had decision to make: she could shake her head and keep walking or do something.

She chose the latter and, along with a friend, started Generation Outreach (or Team G.O.) a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the lives of underprivileged individuals in the community. Team G.O., which finances its efforts through fundraisers and community events, consists of youth volunteers all under the age of 25.

Based in Zena’s hometown of Miami, Florida, Team G.O.’s efforts are already visible in Orlando, Miami, and Atlanta in less than a year of operation. Team G.O. works with local organizations to identify social issues in the community and how to solve them. “[We] can no longer just see underprivileged individuals and just give them money or things of that nature, ” Zena explained, “[we] need to take a more hands on approach.”  And hands-on, she did.

One of Team G.O.’s first projects was “When I Grow Up,” a program designed to provide school uniforms and supplies to select elementary school students in the Miami-Dade school district, who could not afford them. To fund these efforts, Zena and Team G.O. produced a community talent showcase to raise awareness and funds. But despite their best intentions, Team G.O. wasn’t always received well.   Continue reading

Student Represents OU at National Leadership Conference

Student Jan Sexton '12, a mathematics major, is pictured with Dr. Herschler and Betty Slater, director of public relations for AAUW's Atlanta chapter, during a visit to Oglethorpe.

In the summer of 2010, Jan Sexton ’12 represented Oglethorpe University at the National Conference For College Women Student Leaders, a leadership conference sponsored by the AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women).

The annual conference was held in Washington, D.C.  and Jan attended as a representative of the University and the Atlanta chapter of AAUW. Jan was recommended by Oglethorpe former Provost Dr. Steven Herschler and received a scholarship from AAUW’s Atlanta branch to supplement her trip to D.C.

AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, with the goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers that women often face in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Jan will discussed her conference experience at an Atlanta AAUW gathering on Sunday, September 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Grenwald Room in the Emerson Student Center on the Oglethorpe University campus.

To learn more about AAUW and its mission, visit aauw.org.