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Clarion, Pa.- All throughout last week, Women United hosted a series of events called the “Freshmen Project” intended to shine the spotlight on several issues particularly important to college students, such as drug and alcohol awareness and safe sex.
Women United is a student organization dedicated to community service, social awareness and helping students, regardless of gender, to achieve their individual goals and aspirations.
In the words of organization President Arian Fulcher, “We strive to provide a campus that will support the growth, development and achievement of students, women and men, as they prepare to unite and strengthen the global community.” Fulcher became involved with the organization in her sophomore year, starting out as public relations chair and eventually moving up to the office of president.
The Freshmen Project was intended and purposed, as indicated by its name, primarily for freshmen, but was open to all other types of students or participants. In regards to events held throughout the weekly endeavor, the organization held a resume-building workshop called “Rip the Resume” which was intended to show students what an attractive resume ought to look like and help them put one together for long-term use.
Another event hosted during the Freshmen Project festivities was called “Let’s Talk About ‘It,’” which entailed an educational yet entertaining event on safe sex that incorporated games such as sex-themed Jeopardy and a condom hunt.
The group also created Vision Boards where students created a visual display of their life goals and career aspirations and hosted a “Kickback with Jimmy McGee” event, where University Coordinator of Health Promotions Jimmy McGee talked with students about drug and alcohol safety. Women United ended their week of events by hosting a throwback-themed mixer along with the Minority Student Services organization.
In regards to how the week of events went, Fulcher felt that “the students had gotten a lot of information, while being educated and having fun at the same time. I am happy with the turn out of all these events. In my freshman year we did not have a lot of events like this at the beginning of the year, and now I feel like these freshmen are aware as to what college is, and what their future holds for them.”
Coming up, Women United will be hosting a Pink and Purple Week for breast cancer and domestic violence awareness from Oct. 19 to the 23 and will also host a Togetherness Event sponsored by UAB on Oct. 24.
For more information on Women United, please contact President Fulcher at A.D.Fulcher@eagle.clarion.edu. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. in Gemmell.