The conference, which takes place in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center, is aimed at providing young women of color with the personal and professional development needed to succeed in college.
Young women will be encouraged to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves and make wise decisions.
Participants also will learn about services specific to the needs of women of color, including:
- social support;
- academic guidance; and
- leadership opportunities that foster self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and increase the retention and graduation rates of women of color at NIU.
Informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers and panels with female leaders are planned on topics such as education, health and wellness, leadership and cultural identity. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet female professionals.
Through a combination of an inspirational keynote address, interactive workshops and a professional panel, it is hoped that young women will learn how to set and achieve their goals. Providing useful information to help young women of color along their road to success is the mission of De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program.
“It is important to show women of color that we can be leaders and we shouldn’t have to be afraid to step up and out of our comfort zone because of what society says about where we belong,” said Samantha Galicia, student director of LAP, “and, as young women, we have the power to pursue our degrees in higher education and now we just need to be the voice.”
For more information, call (815) 753-1986 or email [email protected].