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Being Vulnerable This Women's History Month

As the leader and founder of Black Women In Higher Ed (BWIHE), I’ve experienced the stresses and joys associated with building this organization. Sometimes, I doubt my ability to sustain BWIHE. It's hard to remain motivated when it's quiet and I'm unsure if the organization is having the impact I want.

When I have moments where I contemplate throwing in the towel, I remember I am leading an organization dedicated to empowering Black women in academia. Black Women In Higher Ed is still growing— we are continuing the search for the perfect board members who are committed to our mission. We continue to rely on donations to make scholarships and our key goals possible. We also rely on the experiences of Black women who have been vocal about the importance of education and service.

This Women’s History Month, we are taking time to reflect on the lives of those who inspire us and glean from their wisdom.

“When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”- Audre Lorde

“...Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the hope and the dream of the slave.”- Dr. Maya Angelou

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”- Michelle Obama

Like the women above who pursued their dreams, I'm committed to pursuing my own dream of leading an organization that validates and supports Black women seeking degrees in higher education. In my role as president, I've learned the importance of asking for help, being vulnerable, and staying the course.

Maintaining Black Women In Higher Ed. has not been easy, but my co-founders, donors, and the people who genuinely support our mission give me hope.

With that said, if you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a BWIHE board member, please fill out the application here.

If you would like to support Black Women In Higher Ed, consider donating here.

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