As their freshmen group members painted wooden body pieces and attached limbs to their DIY robots, Peer Leaders Julia “Jem” Marriott and Miles Cogdell initiated a discussion about the words each group had ascribed to their robot – from “Dream Big” to “Love,” “Hope,” and “Faith.”
“Our word is ‘hope,’” said Jane Bailyn, who was partnering with Jordan Benoit on the robot project. “Robots are perceived as heartless, so we wanted to choose a word that is the opposite of that. Plus hope is pretty cool.”
The making and building of the toy robots, which were ultimately delivered to domestic violence victims at a center on Whitney Avenue, were part of a new initiative for Hamden Hall’s Princeton Peer Leadership Program. Each Peer Leader group was tasked with using the leadership skills they’ve garnered thus far in the school year to help effect change within the community.
“The implementation of your project should showcase to the community the positive change you are making, and should allow for the freshmen in your group to build group identity and have direct involvement,” Peer Leaders were instructed by their PL advisors, John Greenawalt, Chase du Pont, and Lisa Daly.