De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program will host a “Girl Talk” from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Latino Center.
Tashena Briggs, residence hall director and Canon Fellow for the Latino Resource Center, has developed the program for female students of color on NIU’s campus.
All are welcome.
Girl Talk is a safe space for female students of color to take part in an informal and relaxed chat with women of color who are young professionals at NIU. The program also offers an opportunity for students to interact and feel supported by young women like themselves who might have encountered similar obstacles in life and at NIU.
A unique aspect to Girl Talk is that it creates an anonymous open forum that helps young female students of color to discuss topics on their minds and hearts, without feeling the pressure of publicly announcing the topic.
Briggs, who has facilitated these talks, welcomes students to anonymously write down topics – nothing is off limits – and place them in her “Bucket of Love.” She randomly selects a topic; students then start to chime in with advice or stories they have that relates to the topic.
Students who have participated in the past have found the program to provide a sense of belonging.
“Girl Talk is very liberating and comforting. It’s an intellectual discussion with an informal feel,” said Cassia Perry, community adviser for Housing & Dining. “It has helped me humble and ground myself. Now I truly know other girls that are going through similar issues as me on NIU’s campus.”
This Girl Talk session is sponsored by Counseling & Consultation Services, Housing & Dinning and the Latino Resource Center. Upcoming sessions are planned Wednesday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 4.