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With an understanding of the need for a place for black women to come together to be praised, to connect, to inspire and to grow with each other, the Lycoming College Black Women’s Empowerment Workshop was held on March 24 on the Lycoming College campus. The event brought together Lycoming College Black women and supportive Black women from the community.
The event fulfilled the planning committee’s and College’s vision of a place where black women could learn about and sympathize with one another’s personal stories, as well as an opportunity for participants to better understand themselves and connect with other local women, alumni and the YWCA GirlsFirst group in Williamsport. Valuable knowledge and experiences were passed down to younger generations by inspirational individuals.
“It was amazing… We laughed, cried and learned things about ourselves,” remarked Deborah Sharp, senior economics major at Lycoming College and event organizer. “I’m blessed to have been able to help make the workshop happen, and I look forward to further supporting its growth.”
The planning committee and the College intend for the workshop to be an annual event and in time a regional event.
Lycoming College is committed to promoting racial inclusiveness, gender equality and an appreciation of cultural diversity. It supports individual growth and community development through a combination of academic and co-curricular programs in a supportive residential environment that seeks to foster self-awareness, model social responsibility and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.