Centering the experiences of women identified students of color


The NIARA (knee-r-ruh) program is designed to increase a sense of community and belonging, centering the experiences of those that identify as women of color (WOC).  Our vision is to create opportunities for WOC to be seen and excel academically, socially, and culturally. This program was initiated by students for students.

Monthly engagement opportunities are scheduled to allow students to come together for guided discussions, seek feedback and demonstrate a community collective supporting each other. (INT) 100/201 approved

While NIARA may operate a little bit differently this fall, the dedication to our students remains top priority. 

NIARA means one with purpose...Join us and begin the journey to find your purpose.

NIARA meetings are open to all students and no RSVP is required!  

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates!

We wish you well on your journeys ~♥

Graduate Mikaya Hall
Graduate Emilee Vela

Contact Information

Questions about NIARA? 

Contact Lariesha Lee the Assistant Director in the Center for Women & Gender Equity  at [email protected] or (616)331-2748


Lariesha Lee
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Page last modified April 16, 2023