In case you missed it, this Tuesday was the annual University Women of Color Breakfast. University Women of Color (UWOC) sponsors events and gatherings that create a space for all women of color within the University to feel valued, supported, respected, and connected; the Breakfast is one of the group’s signature events.
Approximately 120 women of color and American Indian women from around the campus attended the event. Minerva Munoz, Director of the TRIO Upward Bound Program in the College of Education & Human Development, delivered the keynote. She focused on how women of color can create community with one another, and emphasized how finding community has been important to her own journey as a student and staff member at the U of M, as a Puerto Rican woman and as a transplant to Minnesota.
“I needed gente. I needed people,” she said. She found support in the Chicano Latino Learning Resource Center (now the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence), La Raza Student Cultural Center, and in Sigma Lambda Gamma, a national Latina-based multicultural sorority. She encouraged everyone to find and connect to the resources and the groups that would serve as a source of support.
Women’s Center Assistant Director Uyenthi Tran Myhre led the participants in a brainstorming activity that posed two questions: 1) What type of activities would you like UWOC to organize? 2) What groups (on campus or off) could UWOC partner with? Rich discussion followed, with the Breakfast attendees putting forth some very innovative and exciting ideas.
All in all, a lot of interest was generated at the Breakfast. Many people signed up to be involved in shaping the direction of UWOC. If you’re interested in getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.