by Zaria Bonds, Class of 2019 on June 22, 2016
Millsaps College junior Samesa Hoskin made the most of the week-long leadership program she recently attended at the Mississippi University for Women.
Hoskin, who is majoring in political science and communications studies, attended the N.E.W. Leadership program, which focused on the under-representation of women in American politics. The program brought together women from all races, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds to discuss the role of women in American politics, and included workshops and exercises to develop leadership skills such as public speaking, conflict resolution, networking, and advocacy training.
She won the Best Speech Competition, presented legislation proposals to a mock legislative committee, and previewed the blueprints for the new state history and civil rights museums set to open in Jackson in December 2017.
“This program opened a golden door of opportunity that leads me right into my desired career path,” said Hoskin, who is from Indianola and would like to become mayor there and also hold a statewide office. “I made many connections with powerful women in the state and they are more than willing to mentor me. I met state representatives, senators, state agency directors, and CEOs. I also learned techniques in effective campaigning, fundraising, public speaking, and leadership.”
The program re-ignited Hoskins’ fire for public service by showing her how disproportionate the representation is in Mississippi, she said. “Females make up half the population but only a few are elected into state office,” said Hoskin, who hopes to inspire other young women to pursue careers in public service and to inform them on the importance of having women in leadership.
A member of the Young Democrats and Political Science Club, Hoskin said she learned what it takes to be an effective leader in public service and how to run for office and win. “I can say that I left the program with some valuable tips.”
Hoskin has honed her leadership skills at Millsaps as an SBA senator and as a member of the Mock Trial team, the Program and Activities Council, Major Harmony, the Millsaps International Buddy System, and the International Student Organization.
She plans to attend law school and then practice law. She would like to work in the areas of non-profit, community development, and education policy.
Hoskin is spending the summer working at Delta State University as a coordinator for Teach For America, which has one of its training institutes at DSU. After that, she will complete her plans for creating a broadcast system and network for Millsaps College and work as an intern at a law firm.