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!  

Pink Brunch & Game Night, Thursday, February 2nd. Kirkhof Room 1142
Professionals Meet & Greet on Thursday, February 9th 6pm to 7:30pm Kirkhof Room 2263. This event is a dance class.
Fill Your Cup Sis on Thursday, March 23rd 4:30 to 6:30pm in Kirkhof Room 1142.
End of the Semester Bash on Thursday, April 13th Kirkhof Room 1142, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

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 January 13, 2023