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Spotlight: 260 Lecture Lead Team

Each year our 260 lecture leads plan and facilitate weekly lectures to prepare Dream Project mentors for their weekly visits. The 260 lecture is for new mentors and focuses on topics such as mentorship, college readiness, education equity and social justice. The lecture leads attend weekly meetings to organize lectures and materials, rehearse presentations, create course syllabi and read mid-quarter and final reflection papers. The person in this position is also responsible for coordinating guest speakers and researching course materials, such as articles and readings related to education and policy.

Meet our 260 lecture lead team!

My name is Julie Eng.  I recently transitioned out of the High School Lead (HSL) role, where I led a class of undergraduate mentors at our visits in one of our partner schools (Foster High School). This will be my 6th quarter in Dream Project, and I have learned so much through my HSL experience in addition to my first quarter as lecture lead. I highly enjoyed my first quarter as lecture lead, because I was able to have an open conversation in a safe environment with other Dream Project members regarding social justice issues. I was also able to generate informative lecture content for mentors that will assist them when mentoring high school students at visits. Being a lecture lead provided me the opportunity to learn more about social justice issues and college access. This role has given me a very valuable experience, and I am very excited to continue on for the next two quarters with my team!

My name is Hailey Tomlin. I’m a senior studying English Literature and minoring in Education, Learning & Society, and I’ve been in Dream Project for five quarters. I joined Dream Project because I was really interested in the program’s social justice aspects and because I want to be a high school English teacher. The lecture lead role has allowed me to explore my interest in education and build skills for my future career.

My name is Tsewone Melaku and I am a junior studying Human Centered Design and Engineering and hoping to minor in Education, Learning & Society. In addition to being in Dream Project for two quarters, I was a mentee at Chief Sealth High School. I became a lecture lead because I am passionate about social justice issues and helping underrepresented youth, like myself, receive guidance in accessing higher education. I’m really excited to educate my peers–as well as learn from them–and find ways to increase the number of Dream Project mentors that reflect the identities of their mentees.