“A Different World: Conversations Around Collegiate Women’s Wellness” was hosted by a group of organizations in the University Event Center on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7 pm. Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., along with the Association for Women’s Students of Southern University and the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University joined together to promote, sponsor, and organize the events and food for the night.
The event was also powered by the Maxine Firm, a nutrition and wellness firm dedicated to the prevention of chronic diseases directly related to nutritional practices. The event also featured guest speakers and alumni such as Dr. Gia Landry Tyson, MD; Dr. Kourtni Atkins Luster, FNP-BC, Nicole Scott RN MSN, and Dr. Maria Shantell Williams, who came to speak to attendees about the importance of their health, as well as give tips and encouragement to those that needed it.
The ladies in attendance started the night off with some light and relaxing yoga. This was followed by a video presentation and panel discussion commentated by Irene Lewis, a Baton Rouge native and senior Agricultural Science Major, and Southern University’s organization for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRA). The discussion covered several important topics such as physical, mental, and spiritual wellness, and how to maintain all three as college students on a budget.
Similarly, focus was placed on how to maintain a good nutritional status, how to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule, meal prepping, the importance of reading nutrition labels, and the pros and cons of different types of diets. “Lifestyle changes are much better and easier than diets,” said Ms. Scott. Panelists even touched on the subject of mental health, expressing how mental health is a form of self care and is important in its own right.
“Everyone should have a therapist,” said Dr. Williams in regards to what she would recommend for those in attendance to improve their mental health. Among black women specifically, an emphasis on keeping tabs on mental health was an important talking point on the night.
After the panel’s discussion, the floor was opened up for the audience to ask the panelists more questions. This was followed by the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice taking time out to break down the importance of the upcoming census and its impact on college students and the calculations of voter turnout. To end the night, everyone, including the panelists, played an interactive game to win featured door prizes. Overall, this event had an admirable student turnout, touched on several topics, and was very informative. Mindful students in the Jaguar Nation are looking forward to the next event.