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P.I.N.K. takes week to celebrate women of color on URI campus

By Farah Casalini
On April 18, 2012


Every year, multicultural organizations at the University of Rhode Island receive their own week in order to celebrate their specific goals and missions. This week is that of Powerful, Independent, Notoriously, Knowledgable Women (P.I.N.K)'s turn.

Monday through Thursday this week, P.I.N.K will be honoring its mission to educate the University of Rhode Island and the surrounding communities on issues pertaining to women of color, in its annual P.I.N.K week.

"[P.I.N.K] celebrates women of color on campus," P.I.N.K president Precious Kafo said. "It helps women of color belong to the university."

Monday, the group hosted a "melting pot" forum, where several people who were born outside of the United States came to speak about their experiences assimilating to American life.

"[The event] provided an understanding of people who are different than those who surround us every day," Kafo said.

Yesterday, the group had a forum of interviews where representatives from Roosevelt Hall spoke about cover letters, resumes and how women can dress professionally. Today, P.I.N.K will be hosting the "Unsung Heroine Awards," where women who have impacted the women in the group and the campus will be celebrated.

To finish off the week, the group will be having a "party," Kafo said.

Recognized by Student Senate only five years ago, the organization has 82 members willing to be a part of the sisterhood P.I.N.K is, Kafo said. She said the group acts a support system for each of its members.

"It's a sisterhood of mostly multicultural women who help each other," Kafo said. "It's a venue for [women of color] to feel they are represented on campus."

Kafo said the organization shines light on women of color, who are usually not seen or talked about around campus.

"It helps students to gain a new perspective of women who are unique," she said.

As for her own experience, Kafo said she joined the organization because she wanted something she could relate to. She found that P.I.N.K did just that for her, and she hopes it will do the same for incoming generations.

"I hope [the organization] will shape the way [younger generations] will carry out their undergraduate career," she said. "I want them look up to us."

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