Our LDR 225: Foundations of Leadership Instructors

Meet Kerry Day

"Welcome LDR 225 students!

This will be my 2nd year teaching the LDR 225 course at UP. Previously I have taught leadership courses for several years and 2 other universities. I have lead multiple training programs for student leaders on topics ranging from diversity to conflict management to mental health. One of my major leadership passions is being a StregthsFinder certified facilitator! I believe in the power of focusing on strengths and building oneself up! Outside of this work, my husband and I voluntarily lead a church community. I have lead women’s bible discussions for 20 years and love that work more than anything else. Lastly, I have been a proud French Bulldog mom for over a decade.

I look forward to seeing you all in the future!"

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Meet Gina Loschiavo

Hi everyone, my name is Gina Loschiavo and I am looking forward to connecting with you in LDR 225. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Political Science from Western Oregon University and a Master’s of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. I am a first generation college student and have called Portland, OR home for almost my whole life. I am starting my ninth year here at University of Portland. I currently serve as the Care Team Coordinator. My role on campus is to offer a little extra support to students who might be having a tough time. My favorite part of serving as a leadership instructor is helping students to understand and explore who they are as leaders and how they can serve as leaders in their communities. When I am not on campus you can usually find me spending time with my daughter Madeline, drinking coffee, or training for my next race. I look forward to seeing you in the classroom this fall!
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Meet Michael Wode

I have been at the University of Portland since 2012 as a Hall Director (4 years in Corrado, 3 ½ years in Lund Family, and ½ year in Haggerty and Tyson). I moved here from Chicago after getting my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. I grew up in Ohio and received a BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton. And currently am working on my nursing degree right here at UP!

I like the approach we take here at University of Portland. We like to emphasize your strengths and bring in a lens that you are more than just an individual. What you learn here at UP is not in a vacuum and we hope that you will transform the world around you after much self-reflection that we think this leadership certificate provides.

When I am not working full time, studying, or teaching leadership I am playing with my 5 year old son or hanging out with my wife of 11 years! He has a lot of energy and we have fun exploring the world around us. I also enjoy playing board games, building things, and being creative. I can’t wait to meet you!

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Meet Dr. Andrew Downs

"I studied psychology and history at Notre Dame before abandoning law school and following my real interests to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Washington State. I enjoy learning and teaching about leadership because it gives us the opportunity to intentionally use our unique gifts to have a positive impact on campus and in our communities. When I’m not busy nerding out about psychology and leadership, I spend my time exploring the beautiful mountains, beaches, and forests of the Pacific Northwest with my family."
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Meet Dr. Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi

"I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs and have been part of the core faculty of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program since Fall 2019. My expertise lies in migration, gender, civil and human rights. As of March 2020, I am the Executive Director and Director of Advocacy at the Center for Migration, Gender, and Justice. I have advocated for migrant rights and gender justice at the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the United Nations. In 2015, I was a winner of the United Nations Academic Impact Global Diversity Contest and have since been internationally recognized for my contributions as a human rights defender."
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Meet Dr. Jennette Lovejoy

Dr. Jennette Lovejoy works within the College of Arts and Sciences as a Communications professor.