The members of W.I.N.D asked random girls why they rock.
Utica College’s organization, Women In a New Direction held their first annual “All Girls Rock” award show on Friday March 28, in Strebel Auditorium. They honored several staff members, and students for their accomplishments academically, and their roles on campus. The show was hosted by myself and junior Tatiana Betances, and it to be done for the first time ever, people were really impressed. The executive board members opened up the show the poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Mya Angelou.
The idea to have the award show came from the award show broadcasted yearly on Black Entertainment Television (BET) “BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.” According to their website, “BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc.” is an a non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. The awards show honors women of color who have helped carry out their mission statement, highlighting the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers, and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in their communities.
The W.I.N.D. organization decided to take that concept and honor women of all races, and ethnicities during women’s month. The process of planning this event took about four months including time during the winter and spring break. As a member of the organization with a total of only six girls, it was a tough process. We hit several road blocks such as time conflicts with other organization shows, financial issues, and even trying to satisfy each of the members using everyone’s ideas. However, with the appropriate communication skills and guidance from different staff members on campus, everyone’s ideas came together and things begin to fall in place.
Some of the people who received awards included the staff from the Career Services office. They received the “Forward Thinking” award for their critical thinking skills and the knowledge they provide students who come into their office with. Dean of Students Alane Varga received the “The Door Is Always Open” award for her availability and willingness to help students at any time. The two biggest awards of the night, the “Women In a New Direction Award” and the “Women of the Year Award” were given to senior, Anisah Richardson, and Residence Life secretary, Monica Hodkinson. Other categories included “Not All Beauty and No Brains” “Most Gifted,” and “Tough Love.”
Members of UC organizations Africa In Motion, (A.I.M.) V-DAY, and Open Moments, performed pieces during different segments of the show to entertain the crowd. A reception followed the event where the winners and people who attended the show ate food and socialized after. It was such a relief for myself and the other WIND members for the event to be over. The pressure of planning big events on campus for students is almost unbearable. The questions, “Will it be successful?” “Will people be happy?” constantly replay in your mind. The answers to those questions relieved all of the tension we felt as we were able to answer each of those questions with a simple, yes.