New organization empowers women

Lydia Coutre

KSU Sister Circle is organizing as it begins its first semester as a student organization.

The first of the monthly meetings will be Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m., but the location is undetermined.

Sister Circle is a group designed to empower female minority students, said Pamela Jones, academic program and student development coordinator.

“It’s very much like sitting around your kitchen table,” Jones said. “You have your nieces and aunt with you and you’re discussing life and all areas that can lead to your being successful.”

Jones said the group began on campus in about 1998 and discontinued a few years later. Academic advisor Truella Harper and Jones revitalized the program last year. The two women serve as the group’s faculty advisors.

Over the summer the group took another step forward, registering themselves as a student organization through the Center for Student Involvement.

In order to register, an executive board must be formed. Six students stepped up but will only hold the positions until the group can organize elections, which are yet to be scheduled.

Junior nursing major Lenetee Allen registered as the group’s president and senior mathematics major Rachelle Fraise registered as the treasurer.

“We developed the constitution and filled out all the necessary paperwork associated with registering on campus through the CSI office,” Allen said.

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Students can check Facebook for updates on the KSU Sister Circle or its website,

The group will also have a booth at today’s Black Squirrel Festival.

Fraise said she hopes this will help Sister Circle gain a bigger following.

“I felt it would be a good window of opportunity for us to register, so that way we have a bigger venue to get our name out there and get people to join,” she said.

Fraise also said Sister Circle is a networking opportunity. The group has a “big business card” of contact information for faculty members who can help students in a range of areas.

“We will have someone who can help you, and if we don’t have someone who can help you, we can connect you to someone who will,” Fraise said.

Any female graduate or undergraduate student who would like to attend is welcome.

“It is aimed towards minority women of the campus, but it’s definitely open to everyone,” Fraise said.

–Lydia Coutre