Publication Date

Summer 7-31-2019

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


Current leadership development programs often neglect the development of group leadership, especially when working with a culturally diverse group. The purpose of this study was to enhance my ability to lead a group of student advisors currently enrolled in the Counseling and Social Change Program at San Diego State University. The data gathering process included surveys, a review of documents, a formal peer advisor training, and a reflective focus group. Through this process and grounded in feminist and group relations theory I worked both with the student advisors and the director of the program to develop a successful team dynamic. I specifically used the group analysis system BART and a Feminist Leadership lens to develop both the individual students and the group. This combination resulted in the most efficient peer advisor cohort the Counseling and Social Change program has seen.