NIARA (knee-r-ruh)


Centering the experiences of women identified students of color


The NIARA 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. 

Due to Covid-19 NIARA in person meetings will be held following campus COVID 19 restrictions (such as mask wearing and use of hand sanitizer upon entry). 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!

Join us for in person meetings on: September 8, 8 - 10 am, Kirkhof 1201, "Muffins in the Morning". September 16, 4 - 6 pm, Kirhof 1104, "Fall Start". October 14, 4 - 6 pm, Kirhof 1104. November 18, 4 - 6 pm, Kirhof 1104. December 2, 4 - 6 pm, Kirhof 1104.

Contact Information

Questions about NIARA? 

Contact Lariesha Lee at leelar@mail.gvsu/edu

Lariesha Lee

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