Katie L. Dixon Women & Girls Leadership Fund
Dixon Girls Forums
The Dixon Girls Forums encourage girls to seek positions of leadership and develop leadership skills during primary, secondary, college and post-college years through mentoring, support, and skill development. The goal is to encourage girls to self-identify as leaders throughout their lives.
The Dixon Girls Forums originated in four Salt Lake area high schools during the 2001-2002 academic year. Based on feedback from girls who had participated, the Forums and curriculum were expanded to reach girls in middle and junior high schools. During the 2007-2008 academic year, in collaboration with the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, the Forums expanded again to include elementary schools, particularly those with diverse student populations. In 2020, the Dixon Girls Forums were revitalized to be part of school-based social work practicum placements for BSW and MSW students, giving those involved a chance to be leaders and to model leadership for girls in grade school, junior high, and high school.
A consistent theme among the girls at participating schools has been an interest in finding ways to bring different groups of girls together to overcome “cliques” and exclusion, but participants are empowered to choose Forums with wide-ranging topics such as:
“Positive Attitude/Positive Action”
Communication skills – verbal/written
Mission statement – setting goals for the Forums
Outreach to new students – Pen Pal program
Journals for the summer
Being a mentor/support for other younger girls
Healthy life choices
"Accepting You - Accepting Me"
Learning to respect each other
"One Plus One Equals More Than Two"
Character building/self awareness
Community Service Learning project
"Get Ur Good On"