Many of us have seen Xerox boxes around campus, holding the precious paper we use for copying and printing, but did you know that the CEO of the Fortune 500 company is Ursula Burns. This week we are looking Ms. Burns in our Black History Month series.
Why you may ask?
We are all aware of the minimal female presence in the STEM fields, and women of color are even rarer. Ms. Burns managed to knock down those hurdles back in the 1980’s by getting a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University(Xerox), when it was even more of a rarity. She is also the first black female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company.
Ms. Burns is an inspiration, and has managed to break both gender and racial barriers in the Stem field. For more on this powerful, check out the video, where she talks about her upbringing, and the challenges she faced to get where she is today.
This past Friday, the AAUW (the American Association of University Women) hosted their Elect Her event on the Alexandria Campus. Their elect her program focuses on training college women to run for student government. We had 50 students turn out for the event!
We are very proud of our students who participated, and are happy that the AAUW was able to come out and continue empower our students! Thank you for everyone who helped put this together, and to all those who participated.
Check out Elect Her for more information on the program.
As many of you know, it is now February, really it has been February for about a week, and it came far too quickly for my liking, but what can you do?
February is Black History Month, and typically there is a lot of focus on Civil Rights Leaders, who dedicated blood, sweat, and tears to gain equality. This year, I would like to highlight some of the amazing black folks who have had great achievements or contributions, and also look at some up and coming people who are doing some amazing things. Without the struggles of yesterday, we would not have the path we walk today.
Today we highlight Rita Dove. If you like poetry, you may love her, if you have not seen any of her stuff, please come down to the library and check her stuff out.
Why is she so phenomenal? She was a Poet Laureate, as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. She is also a professor at UVA. She has several collections published including, Mother Love, American Smooth, and a personal favorite of mine, Sonata Mulattica.
This past Saturday we had the honor of participating in the event Women Helping Women, which was a day long even that had various workshops that could be attended. The theme this year was, “Taking Care of Yourself.”
We have some amazing women who helped put this even together, as well as some wonderful speakers who came out and shared the words of wisdom. I was able to catch some of the “Work Life/Balance” workshop by Dr. Walters, and it hit home for me, and I imagine it did for anyone else in the room. We all struggle to juggle the various responsibilities we have in our lives.
Thank you to all the people who helped to put this together, the speakers, and the people who came out and participated in this great event. Uplifting one another is so important!