Shout out to all the ladies who came to Welcome Back Bash! I’ll be making you all your polaroids soon!
Got lots of goodies at Bridge Fest and a lot of information on local businesses! Huge thanks to Autumn for taking a picture with me!
For all the ladies who missed out on the great opportunity to see Monti Washington yesterday speak, I wanted to make sure that you all at least get the opportunity to know the main focuses of his speech. I found this United We Stand speaker to be one of the best ones the campus has had yet and everything he had to say was valuable.
1. Be Confident
2. Be tru, be you
3. FLY: First Love Yourself
4. Tell yourself everyday, that you are the sh*t
Monti Washington came from the streets to the stage and made his life what it is today. Here are some links to his pages to learn more about him and his process for you to do well in life and school. I encourage you all to look at the links and watch the videos.
I totally forgot about our WONDERFUL FNC! Thanks to all the Wilgus women who came to support Wilgus hall! This event was truly amazing, and a great opportunity to really express your own creativity and show us your skills as artists!
The Drag show was a blast with one of our fellow 1 East ladies that decided to come with me! Thanks for coming Jess 😉 I definitely owe you brownies now hahaT
Last Sunday your Wilgus Hall Staff went to go see Curt Patrouille, a UWP Alumus, and a Command Sargent Major in the National Guard share on how to overcome adversity in your daily life and keep a positive outlook. Curt told us about the many adversity’s he has had to overcome in this lifetime and how he managed to do so. Curt’s main points on overcoming adversity and developing resiliency were to hunt the good stuff, stop dwelling on the negatives, look at the positives, communicate as best as possible with everyone, and develop relationships. Essentially what Curt was saying to us all is that the first steps to overcoming adversity in life are to stop getting down on everything and start taking control of how things that happen make you feel.Curt also said to not let others dictate the meaning of success in your life, so if you feel you had an accomplishment on day and someone doesn’t, don’t let them get you down. You had that accomplishment whether they say so or not. Curt’t final words were, Do what’s right, dont sweat the small stuff, never stop learning, and that everyone has wolves. This discussion was mainly to help teach everyone that there are things that make life harder and stress us all, but there are ways to overcome these stresses and conquer them. So do your best, look on the bright side, and you’ll go far.
A book Curt suggested for people to read is ” Escape the box” by Edward Hobbard, which is about an airforce infantryman shot down over korea and held hostage.
If you want to know more please dont hesitate to ask me!
Blood Drives. Most people know what they can and can’t do in order to be eligible to donate. But did you know the men who have sex with other men and people who identify as transgender cannot donate blood for a whole year? Donate4Me is what you donate for someone in the LGBTQ community who cannot donate themselves.
According to a study conducted by UCLA Williams institute the FDA can test blood for HIV after donation if there is suspicion. Also that lifting the ban on LGBTQ donations would increase overall blood supply by about 4 percent, or about 2 million more people could be helped.
If you want to learn more about this program or sign the petition to lift the ban, visit the Doyle Center on campus or go to change.org
Last weekend your Wilgus Hall Staff attended a presentation called Students Fight Back which was a presentation about self defense for yourself. Our speaker was named Morgan and she is Girls Fight Back speaker and self defense instructor certified! This organization has been active for over 15 years after it began for a student named Shannon was assaulted and murdered in her home and her friend/ sorority sister, Erin, decided to do something about it. This program focuses on de-escalation, intuition, how to support assault survivors, how to be a good bystander and/or ally, among many other things. Morgan walked us through some basic self defense techniques which was very fun to listen to a room full of people yelling and defending themselves from the air.
Did you know:
- About 1/3 of female murder victims ages 12 or older are killed by an intimate partner.
- Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
- It is estimated that 43% of lesbian and bisexual women and 30% of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one form of sexual assault during their lifetimes.
- 1 in 5 young women will experience sexual assault in college.
- Approximately 57% of survivors know their assailants
With basic self defense skills and knowing how to be a good bystander these statistics can be lowered with your help. To me, personally, I gained a lot from this presentation on how to trust my intuition more and what to do if i feel uncomfortable with a person who might approach me in a not friendly way.
If you want more information here is the link to the website: http://www.girlsfightback.com/
And here is a link to a video of a short Girls Fight Back presentation from the founder, Erin Weed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J943b5kWpMA