By: Shayla Simmons
The Women’s Center is hosting a series of events to celebrate the month of February, now alternatively known as “Love Month.” The purpose of the month is to promote self-love amongst the student body, specifically the young women that make up Tennessee State University.
The main event of the month is the Sadie Hawkins Valentine’s Dinner. The concept of Sadie Hawkins is to reverse the stereotypical roles, resulting in women asking out their date. Yet rather than asking out a male counterpart, the dinner is meant to have a more relaxed tone, prompting participants to bring a friend to enjoy the holiday typically meant for lovers.
The guests lucky enough to enjoy the night will enjoy spoken word and even have the chance to win prizes.
Other events included “Ms. Representation” and “What Women Need Versus What Mean Want”, both of which take place on February 8, 2017.
“Ms. Representation” explores the “mask” that people wear when talking to others, especially for the first time, hiding away their true personalities. Participants will each be given a mask at their arrival and later given the opportunity to reveal their true self by removing that mask.
The Seminar “What Women Need Versus What Mean Want” is intended to be a respectful, open conversation between men and women to discuss what makes a successful, modern relationship.
The purpose of these events and the Women’s Center as a whole, as explained by Ms. Seanne Wilson, whom heads the Women’s Center, “is to empower women to succeed academically, financially, mentally, spiritually, and professionally.”
“What I am finding,” Wilson continued, “is that young women come to college and start focusing on anything but. The purpose of these events is to allow women to make peace with their past to be more successful in the future. The events are meant to stress the importance of loving yourself first before you love someone else.”