Student-led organization strives to raise awareness of breast cancer, research

November 07, 2022

WE students host the breast cancer awareness event in the piazza.

Women Empowered (WE), a student-led organization that aims to inspire women and build a community, hosted a breast cancer awareness event on October 19 for all students.

The goal of the event was to educate students and the Quinnipiac community on breast cancer and organizations to donate to as well as introduce students to Breasties, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating a community for women and fundraising toward Stage 4 Breast Cancer research.

The event allowed students to create cards that were delivered to Yale New Haven Hospital patients. According to WE President Jennifer Coleman ‘25, the event helped make a positive impact on both Yale New Haven Hospital patients and Quinnipiac students.

“The Quinnipiac students felt a strong sense of community due to our event, and our turnout exceeded expectations,” Coleman said. “Every single card that was bought was filled out, and it proved to be very rewarding to send support.”

The WE executive board organized the event since spring. WE event coordinator Emma Halbert ‘24 and inter-organization relations chair Kylie Ameika ‘25 were integral parts of bringing the event to life, Coleman said.

Halbert’s cousin is one of the founders of Breasties and Ameika’s mother is an employee at Yale New Haven Hospital, allowing her to easily deliver the cards to patients. Coleman believes in the importance of women working together to build a stronger sense of community.

“First, mindset is everything,” Coleman said. “Women should not be competing but practicing as allies that can help each other grow. Treating each other with grace, kindness and respect is essential to improvement.”

Coleman hopes WE can continue making a difference in women’s lives.

“I hope the participants learn that it feels good to help people and that even the small kindness of our words can make a big difference,” she said. “I also hope they had fun, we tried to make our event as enticing as possible, and I know I had a great time. I hope the patients learn that Quinnipiac is here to support them, and Women Empowered will always be in their corner, cheering them on in good times and bad.”

Future events of the WE will include The Period Party which will be held November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in TH-117. This event will involve donating a collection of menstrual products to a local women’s shelter. Another event that will be held in the near future is the Women in Stem event to support women minorities in the field.

“Attending our events is a wonderful way to support women,” Coleman said. “Women Empowered proudly supports women in any way we can. All are welcome to our meetings regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity.” 

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