Fallon Rose Barr

  • I am ecstatic to announce that I have just recently started a new position as the Human Resources Intern at NELSON Worldwide Headquarters in Old City, Philadelphia. In just one week I have already touched on […]

  • Early into my junior year I was lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity to become the Business Office Intern for the Columbia North YMCA located just off of Temple University’s main campus. I work under […]

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    For the past year, I served as the Satellite Captain on the Campus Engagement Committee for HootaThon, Temple University’s 12-hour dance marathon that supports the Child Life Department at the Children’s […]

  • I am so honored to announce that I have been offered the position of Public Relations and Member Engagement Coordinator for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Temple University chapter for the 2017-2018 […]

  • This year, through a volunteer opportunity with the Temple University Society for Human Resource Management, I had the opportunity to be a part of something truly amazing. On Monday, September 19th, I gathered […]

  • Today I attended a Student Leadership Program entitled “Adulting 101.” The workshop offered some practical advice regarding financial stability and outlined the importance of starting your financial planning […]

  • This week I volunteered to attend a STARS Leadership Event on behalf of HootaThon. Each organization at Temple is given from 1 to 4 stars based on the organization’s overall involvement and achievement. HootaThon is proud to be a 4 star organization, and in order to maintain this ranking, a number of committee members must attend STARS Leadership Events. The event I attended was all about inclusion. The event began with an ice-breaker activity where the presenter would say “Stand up if you have a dog, stand up if you’re a sophomore, stand up if you identify as African American, etc.” Each round grew more and more personal, with questions like: “Stand up if you identify as overweight. Stand up if you don’t know who one of your parents is.” What was astonishing was the participation from the entire room. Everyone was participating in the activity, even when it became very personal. At the end of the activity, there was such a sense of connection to those around you; standing up with others meant you had something in common or you shared a similar experience. It was interesting to see what types of people I could connect with, and the feeling of unity in the room lingered throughout the presentation. The activity probably had the most impact on me, personally, out of every ice-breaker I’ve ever been involved with.

    The actual presentation focused on the idea that inclusive behavior makes an organization more appealing to others and therefore improves the overall success of the org., and to me this makes sense. People want to feel like they belong and they are wanted, or they will have no interest in being a part of the organization. It’s important to make sure you openly value the input of every member of an organization, because being in a higher position does not mean your ideas or beliefs are any better than any other member of the organization. It is crucial to stay away from any indication of condescending behavior, and to focus on mutual respect. Being inclusive means understanding that everyone can make valuable contributions and everyone should be welcomed regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, origin, social class, religion, or any other factors. The presentation also outlines that some commonly used phrases can be very exclusive to some people. Some of the more obvious ones included, “That’s so gay” and “No homo,” and some that I’ve never thought about before include calling someone “crazy,” or an “illegal alien.” Overall, the presentation made me put a lot of thought into how some other people may feel excluded and under-appreciated because organizations don’t pay close enough attention to utilizing inclusive behaviors, and that in order to be truly successful these are things we need to be considering and implementing every day.

  • My Campus Engagement Committee Director Kelly Doyle has recently informed me that I have been promoted to Satellite Captain for HootaThon 2016! I am so ecstatic to think that I will now be in a position to make an even bigger difference for the children at CHOP. As the Satellite Captain, my personal responsibilities will now include increasing the involvement of satellite campus students in HootaThon. Temple Ambler is the nearby satellite campus that I will be focusing on; there is a huge opportunity for improvement there considering that just 7 Ambler students joined us at HootaThon last year. This low number doesn’t discourage me in the least, but rather motivates me to get the word out about HootaThon to Ambler students so we can drastically increase that number for 2016. Right now my main focus is on learning more about the Ambler campus and getting in touch with their Activity Director—this is just the start of my initiative to try and bridge the gap between Temple campuses to unite us all for the kids!

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