On November 6 – November 10, 2017 under the leadership of Patrice Briscoe and Jakhia Gray, the Ladies of Girl’s Coalition held their Women Empowerment Week at Alcorn State University (ASU). The purpose of the week was to empower, entertain and educate women on the nuances of life.
The event held at the James L. Bolden Campus Union at 6:00 pm in Room 7/8 on Monday, November 6th was entitled ‘Sip & Paint’. The purpose of this affair was to unite young women and have them to express their emotional status through artwork.
Day two, Tuesday, November 7th of Women’s Empowerment Week, was an awards show entitled “Brave Girls Rock” held in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom at 6:00 pm. During this event, ladies were given awards based off of their stellar accomplishments and recognition from other students.
Wednesday, November 8th’s event was entitled “My Melanin is Poppin” and it was held in Room 7/8 in the James L. Bolden Campus Union at 6:00 pm. Participants used arts and crafts to create vision boards and displayed why they are proud to be young African American women. They also executed different exercises to uplift and praise black women. Trinity Jones, a Social Sciences Education major, stated, “The events that were put on by Girl’s Coalition were amazing. I loved meeting other girls around the campus and having a fun relaxing time throughout the week.”
Not only was Women’s Empowerment Week geared towards women it also had events that shared advice with the young men of ASU. Thursday, November 9th was day 4 of the week and the theme of the day was “What Not to Wear” which was held in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom at 6:00 pm. Girl’s Coalition paired up with the modeling group, TREND, in presenting what is and what is not acceptable to wear in certain scenarios. The different scenes were an interview, class and date night. The house band for the night’s event was Vibe.
The last day was Friday, November 10th which provided girls with the opportunity to relax all while focusing on skin care and hygiene. The occasion entitled “Girl’s Night In” occurred at 6:00 pm in the James L. Bolden Multipurpose Room and it opened up with mingling and playing a game entitled “Guess that song”. Afterwards, the ladies were paired up and put into three groups. Each group went to a different station which included a face mask station and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) scrubs consisting of different oils. At the next station the young ladies took a scrub, massaged it on their partner’s hand and rinsed it off. Aundrea Lattin, a Biology/Pre-Nursing major, stated, “The Girl’s Night In” was my favorite event of the week. It was fun and the activities provided relaxation for the stressful week I had been having.”
Each event was a success in bringing the young women of Alcorn State University together for a positive cause. The ladies were uplifted and a plethora of knowledge was shared with everyone in attendance.