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 high purpose...Join us and begin the journey to find your purpose.

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


WINTER 2024 Schedule

End of Semester Celebration April 11, 2024, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kirkhof 1142

Engagement Opportunities


Lariesha Lee

Contact Information

Questions about NIARA? 

Contact Lariesha Lee!

Make an appointment with Lariesha HERE

Full-Time Position: Assistant Director 
Office Address: 1201 Kirkhof Center 
Phone: (616) 331-2748 
Email: [email protected]




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