I always picture Jalin Johnson standing tall in a light breeze, a cape flowing behind her and a large “L” on her shirt – for “leadership”, of course.
Fortunately, I know her not just as a fan of the comic book/superhero genre, but as one who makes anyone feel like they too can be a leader; someone who can stand up for the powerless and voiceless, be a critical thinker and thoughtful contributor to a conversation, a class, an organization and society.
I was fortunate to work with Jalin in two capacities: first, as the former assistant vice chancellor of communications for Brandman University, Jalin shared her perspectives in a monthly blog that related leadership teachings to pop culture. This made learning accessible – and interesting – to a wider audience, not just those studying for their BAOL or MAOL. She’s creative, relatable and smart. One example is her collaboration with professors from two other disciplines that resulted in a post showcasing Harry Potter-themed leadership lessons from several perspectives. It highlighted the broad expertise and education offered at Brandman University.
Second, on a personal note, she was also my first professor when I started pursuing my own degree. Her commitment to her students’ success was evident by the resources she shared, her accessibility, her thought-provoking conversations (even online) and general enthusiasm for wanting us to grow, learn and succeed.
Jalin is collaborative and inclusive.
She sees how diversity – thinking about it, teaching it, and representing it – can positively impact Brandman. She is a delight to work with and an inspiration for those of us working towards our degree.
Thank you for considering her promotion.
Victoria Lim, Vice President, Strategies360
Former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Communications, Brandman University