Student Leader of the Month

Each month, the Center for Orientation, Transitions & Leadership honors one deserving student leader, selected from a nominated pool of undergraduates who are involved both in and outside of the classroom. Members of the Providence College community can submit a student leader nomination on the MyPC Portal.

Rodelyn Cherry headshotRodelyn Cherry ‘19

Major: Health Policy & Management

Minors: Business Studies/Public & Community Service Studies

Hometown: Brockton, Massachusetts

Campus Involvement: President of Motherland Dance Group, New Student Orientation Coordinator, Leadership Fellows Program, Feinstein Institute Fellow, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, Gospel Choir

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “A highlight has to be the fall 2017 BMSA fashion show. This year, I was coordinating and planning rather than modeling, which was a whole different experience. It really helped me hone in on what it means to be a leader. Taking initiative, networking, and recruiting people to participate, really put me in a place where I recognized my own leadership. It was a peak experience for me, and when the event came, we had a great turnout. Everything flowed so well, which showed me what I could do, and that everything comes full circle.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? “I’ve learned that it’s always important to listen, to consider everyone, and to be sure that you’re a part of whatever you’re leading. To be a leader, you have to coexist… It’s important to have an understanding, to build connections with those you’re working with. It’s also important to help other students become leaders, just like yourself.”

Who has influenced you as a leader at PC? “Phionna Claude and the executive board members of BMSA and Student Congress, have really inspired me. Having two prominent groups be full of women – especially women of color – is amazing. Being a leader, you have to understand that you’re always learning and growing. I can say all of those women have inspired me to be who I am today, and to continue that legacy.”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “I hope to build leadership in others, and to continue growing and learning as a leader myself. For me, the learning and growing never stops. I hope to achieve more leadership involvement, and to inspire interest in future leaders.”

What are your post-graduation plans? “Graduate school; I want to get my master’s in Public Health.”

Favorite fictional leader: “Wonder Woman. I watched the movie over the summer, and it was awesome to see a female superhero dominate the screen. Heroes don’t always have to wear capes. She embodied what I would want to be as a superhero. I think that she represented the strength in women who don’t receive the recognition that they deserve.”

Favorite “real life” leader: “My momma. She’s inspired me to be the woman that I am today. I am the only girl in my family, and it’s just me and her. I’ve looked up to her my whole life, and I would be lucky to be half the woman that she is.”

What is your statement of purpose as a leader? “Never settle for the lesser of success.”

Congratulations, Rodelyn, and best of luck to you!