People of Central – Sithembile Dube

Story by Kiyanna Johnson

Photo courtesy of Winnie Nsunza

When Central Michigan University students get involved with the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, it empowers them to contribute to a more socially responsible world with integrity and conviction. Sophomore Sithembile Dube got involved with the Leadership Institute (LI) through their programs.

“The first program I did was Leadership Safari and then Spark Leadership. After that I went to all their programs and applied to be Student Coordinator; which I currently am,” Dube said.

Dube is originally from Malawi, Africa, but her family currently resides in Berrien Springs, Mich.  She is dual majoring in psychology and social work with a minor in community health.

In her second year at CMU, Dube believes her adjustment to college has been a fast one because of her involvements. As soon as she enrolled, she got involved on campus by becoming the president of her hall council. She also joined a couple of organizations that she enjoyed.

“Specifically this year, the LI has trusted me with coordinating their Purpose program and that in itself has helped me gain planning skills, effective communication skills and has overall helped me connect with different people on campus.”

Along with being Student Coordinator for LI, Dube is the Assistant Director of the Residence Housing Application (RHA) on campus. Her responsibilities include  the duties of the president, coordinating the DREAM conference and community council recognition efforts. She also is part of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Dube looks forward to becoming a staff member for Residence Life. She believes it will push her to become a more effective and inclusive leader. She wants to encourage future students to get out of their comfort zone as soon as they get on campus.

“Once people find a few friends, they tend to leave it at that, but what I suggest you do is continue to step out of your comfort zone and try something new every day,” Dube said.