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Virtuous Women club promotes history, self love and faith

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Tue, May 2nd 2017 07:00 pm
Photo courtesy of  Virtuous Women

The Virtuous Women club draws from Christian faiths to bring pride, self love and honor back to the women on campus. Above is a flyer from the club's event `Do You Know Your History?`
Photo courtesy of Virtuous Women The Virtuous Women club draws from Christian faiths to bring pride, self love and honor back to the women on campus. Above is a flyer from the club's event "Do You Know Your History?"

The College at Brockport is a school that contains a variety of different clubs. Every club has a different message it wants to get across and use its initiatives to do so.

One of the new clubs on campus is  Virtuous Women. 

The purpose of the club is to motivate and empower women, spread love and positivity, and improve on every level: mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual.

With the help of her events coordinator, club president Jenny Reyes decided to name this club Virtuous Women because it encompasses what they're trying to do. 

"The term virtuous women is a biblical term related to Proverbs 31," Reyes said. "It is something that is challenging but attainable. The fact that it's a biblical term, is also meant to demonstrate that while we can constantly increase in virtue, as we should, a virtuous woman is a godly woman."

The club held their first big event on Wednesday, April 26 titled, "Do you know your history?"  The event served as a way to educate those in attendance to think about the history of black, Hispanic and Native American people before they were colonized and enslaved. 

The event attracted a full room of people.

Reyes wanted those in attendance to get two things out of the event. 

"Firstly, I wanted the audience to understand where they came from and where to find our records as well as what has been put into place that doesn't allow us to learn our history," Reyes said. "Secondly and most importantly, I really wanted people to understand our original language, culture and faith. I want people to understand that we are so much more than what we have been led to believe and that the information comes with a responsibility."

The club holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays in the Seymour College Union. 

"Our mid-week meetings focus on self-love," Reyes said. "We focus on growth and improvement. In the past we've done self-love workshops where we actively think about what we like about ourselves, wrote love letters to ourselves and did facemasks. In that same meeting we anonymously shared issues we had by writing them and placing it in a cup; we then picked randomly and gave advice."

For the near future, Reyes plans to team up with popular clubs like the African Student Union, the Caribbean Student Association, the Association of Latino American Students, the fashion club and more. She is planning to have similar events to those other clubs next semester with food and performances. 

"We plan to have a fashion show with a theme of modesty, spa nights, cooking competitions," Reyes said. 

Reyes is passionate about this club and believes it can be among the strongest clubs at Brockport. 

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