About AYA

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As a result from the student ­led action, #ITooAmOSU (spring 2014), and response to bias related incidents targeting women and people of color at our predominantly white institution, student organizers of the effort inquired about the institutional support for a intergenerational women of color group. Over the next 2 years, organizers used surveys and visioning workshops to invite womxn of color to share their stories, hopes, and needs.  Highlights and discussions included the creation of a community ­­a safe and supportive environment for and by women of color. Other initial themes/goals that emerged include on ­campus community building, professional development and skills building workshops.  This effort led to the creation of the student organization Sisters of Color Coalition and the campus wide initiative and support network, AYA.

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