Educational Leadership Students Join Together to Help Lupus Research

Students of the Fast Track MA in Educational Leadership Program in Dr. Joseph Oluwole’s recent Effective Leadership class were required to work together throughout the semester for assignments. Harley Ralph, Fiona Daubon, Tara Leibman, Kaitlin Kober, Nabila Mack, Alexa Bono and Dorian Serrano ultimately bonded and formed relationships beyond the typical classmate connection. They then learned that their teammate, Mack, was diagnosed with Lupus.

Together they raised $550, which was above their original goal of $500, and donated the funds to The Lupus Foundation in the name of the Fast Track Program. This illustrated an example one of the five practices of effective leadership, a concept they had learned in Dr. Oluwole’s class. Their “Encouraging the Heart for Lupus” GoFundMe account was created to honor Mack and help support the foundation’s goal of solving the mystery of lupus.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake. This can potentially damage many parts of the body. For more information about the Fast Track MA in Educational Leadership Program, please visit: