Misalignment in Meaning of Student Leadership: Holding Our Sisters Accountable


Despite the success of the Girls Division, we cannot overlook our flaws, specifically when it comes to student leadership. The Girl’s leadership team currently consists of 28 students which include the Senior Group Leader, Freshman Leader, Garnet, and Black Section Leader, Group Leaders (6), Assistant Group Leaders (6), and Counselors (12). In our community, leaders should be respected in their roles and exemplify the standard. The leadership team has taken their jobs seriously but failed to hear the opinions of their fellow students. The leaders often ask people for independent feedback, but never do anything to address and/or change them.

A member of the Girl’s Division said “They don’t practice what they preach, they should lead by example.”

Student Leaders commonly tell students to put their devices away yet they are frequently seen with their devices out in unauthorized spaces. There are also constant occasions where they are seen without IDs around their neck, and wearing clothes that are not a part of the dress code. Students are told to roll down their skirts, but their skirts are rolled up. Despite how these may seem like minor issues, minor issues contribute to a larger dysfunction. This begs the question; how are we obliged to follow rules that the leaders who are supposed to guide us disregard themselves?

The term, “Hold your sisters accountable!” is constantly tossed around, but when it comes down to friends of the students in leadership it does not apply.

A student who chose to remain anonymous stated, “The girls division can be unfair and very biased. When they see their friends doing something they are not supposed to be doing, they brush it off and say nothing. When it comes to other people they are quick to punish.”

Not only are these issues noticed by fellow students of the community, but staff members as well.

A faculty member in the Girls Division said, “They don’t know what they’re doing sometimes and they are iffy. They don’t stick to the plan, they say they’re gonna do something but then do something else. Rules need to be not only applied to students but to leaders as well.”

To become a stronger and more established division, we cannot simply just address the issues without bringing up a possible solution. Leaders need to take their job more seriously and hold everyone accountable, including themselves. This will provide room for creating that well-built sisterhood we want to pass on to future girls to come. We are still at the beginning of our story as a growing community, and we need to start with stronger standards and accountability, as well as taking into account feedback and ideas from students, making sure every girl is heard. Carrying on our Benedictine values is how we create change.