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Honors Village and Honors Forum Present: A Panel on Moral Leadership in Non-traditional Spaces

Three guest speakers from the University of Houston, Morningside University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College are the featured panelists for a conversation around moral leadership in non-traditional spaces, hosted by the Honors Village and University Honors Program Forum on March 6.

All students, staff and faculty are welcome (even if you are not enrolled in Honors Forum this semester) to join the Honors Village and the University Honors Program (UHP) on Monday, March 6 as they host three guest panelists in Witherspoon Student Cinema at 3 p.m. to speak about moral leadership in non-traditional spaces.

Over the past few years, we have collectively been adjusting to existence in new spaces: not just physically or even virtually, but intellectually and socially. Confronting challenges drawn from the pandemic, politics and beyond, our awareness of the need for leadership in nontraditional areas and by seemingly-new voices has grown. This year’s “Moral Leadership in Non-traditional Spaces” panel brings together exemplars from several of these oft-overlooked forms of leadership to discuss their assumptions, challenges and diverse perspectives. We recognize that leaders are not just those who are front and center or most well-known, because leadership — especially moral leadership — can manifest in many ways. The UHP has chosen three guests who embody different aspects of leadership: expression, ideation and articulation, or the creative, investigative and communicative elements involved in leadership. They will share a dialogue about how they conceptualize and implement their roles as moral leaders in the nontraditional spaces within their spheres of influence. The overall guiding question for the panel will be: How do you understand your role as a moral leader and cultivate leadership in new spaces?”

Guest Panelists

Samantha Chapa

Samantha Chapa received her B.A. in history and English from Rice University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Houston as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. As a Ph.D. student, Samantha focuses on the impact of local immigrant integration policies, policing and detention, and human rights. Before pursuing her graduate studies, Samantha worked in the non-profit sector for three years, where she represented low-income and vulnerable migrants in their immigration matters at BakerRipley. Through her work, she hopes to draw attention to the challenges that migrants face, produce research in service of creating more compassionate and effective migration systems, and help build thriving communities.

Shelby Prindaville

Shelby Prindaville is interested in the human role in shaping an ecological balance and creates art pieces centered on the beautiful fragility and resilience of the natural world. She is an interdisciplinary artist combining science and a wide range of art disciplines to better connect with a broad audience. She received her B.A. in fine arts with a concentration in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn., in 2008. Prindaville is the Art Department chair, director of the Helen Levitt and Eppley Art Galleries, and associate professor of art at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. She is also president of the board of trustees for the Sioux City Art Center. Prior to her employment at Morningside, Shelby served as the art program director and assistant professor of art at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. She also worked as an instructor and gallery special projects coordinator at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., while completing her MFA from the interdisciplinary LSU Painting and Drawing Program in 2013. She has been selected as a World Wildlife Fund tour artist, was invited to be the first-ever artist in residence at a veterinary school in the United States (at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine), and has been published in a number of journals, catalogs and media outlets.

Prisco Hernandez

Prisco Hernandez is an associate professor at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Hernandez received his B.A. in humanistic studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, his M.A. in Music from Indiana University at Bloomington, and his doctorate degrees in philosophy, music history, literature and theory/medieval Spanish literature. He is director of graduate degree programs at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Before becoming an associate professor, he was commissioned from ROTC Program at Indiana University in Bloomington and has served in the Indiana and Wisconsin National Guard and as a National Guard officer on active duty at Fort Sill, Okla. and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He has also served as army reserve officer, which included a tour of duty as exchange military instructor at Kingston, Canada. Hernandez has established himself as a leader through his experience in both the National Guard and the Army as well as in his education. 

To register to attend this Forum event, or to register in advance to attend a lunch meeting with one of our panelists, please use either the Honors Forum Guides app or the following Google Form link (if you’re not on Guides):