The Center for Student Diversity kicked off this semester’s series of “Woman to Woman” meetings on Feb. 6.
The meetings will be held every other Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m in the organization’s McGowan Center office. Women from all backgrounds are welcome to participate.
“‘Woman to Woman’ is a critical dialogue centered on women’s empowerment and issues on place and of space as it pertains to womanhood”, said Dr. Kyra Shadid, Assistant Director of Campus for Student Diversity. The next meeting will be on Feb. 20.
“‘Woman to Woman’ was birthed in 2010 under the Woman Empowerment program” said Center for Student Diversity Director, Chianti Blackmon. The event has grown into a safe place for girls to talk about womanhood. Some goals of “Woman to Woman” include leadership, self-esteem, spirituality and the double standard for woman.
The topics for each meeting vary. “Sometimes we talk about our favorite foods, sometimes we get deep. It’s organic,” said Shadid. “The conversation flows with the participants it’s a relaxed space.”
It was important for Blackmon to get involved and start “Woman to Woman” at the Mount. “Woman and leadership have always been a passion of mine. As the director it was a natural opportunity for me to get involved,” she said.
It is important to note that “Woman to Woman” is not an exclusively female event. Men are never denied access to the meetings, and there is a similar series run by the Center for Student Diversity for males on campus called “Impact.”
Another event that relates to women’s empowerment is “Beauty and Dignity,” a collaborative event between Campus Ministry and the Center for Student Diversity. The event is slated to take place in March. More details about the event will be provided by both parties in the near future.