By Kiana Mullins
For the past five months, the UMKC Women’s Center has helped me gain self-confidence in my abilities. My internship was a rewarding experience because I was able to advance my knowledge in women’s equity. Learning about the reasons behind every event hosted by the Women’s Center made me aware of what the UMKC campus is missing out on. It was interesting to see the impact these events had on students. The Women’s Center benefits both men and women on campus and this is something not everyone is aware of.
The events I attended also gave me a better understanding of women’s experiences and women’s health. I have been able to advance my leadership skills and volunteering at events, and being responsible for certain tasks has helped others recognize my reliability.
I am able to recognize how beneficial the UMKC Women’s Center is because of the events that they host and resources they provide. After I walk across that stage on December 14th, I will be able to use the skills I gained through this internship in the real world. Being a part of the Women’s Center has allowed me to see the bigger picture of why it is important to promote women’s equity and inclusion.
By Kiana Mullins
Body image was one of the many things I struggled with in my high school career.
Over the years, I learned the definition of self-love. I had to learn to love myself first and accept the fact that I am beautiful regardless of how I look. I would look at social media and see so many women and believe they were the definition of beauty because of their body image. Today, I look in the mirror and see I am beautiful enough.
The phrase “I am beautiful enough” means I do not have to strive to show my worth, I do not have to change the way I look, I do not have to be self-sufficient, and it does not mean I am the final product. Being enough does not mean you are changing yourself, but you are being yourself.
On October 23, 2019, I will be coordinating the “I Am Enough” Photo Campaign.
This event will inform people on campus on how to love their body. Participants will be able to take a photo with their board describing why they are enough. This will build confidence in the participants to know they are worth it despite their body image. I am very passionate about the development of this event because I want to reach out to the community to help them understand the importance of positive body image to achieve overall health.
Body positivity means feeling comfortable and confident about your body image and accepting oneself concerning body size and appearance. Negative body talk can be linked to negative health issues. I want this event to intervene with the risk of health issues by promoting resources that are available on campus for students.
We hope you will join us on Wednesday!
When: Wednesday, October 23 from 11 a.m. -1p.m
Where: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St.
Co-Sponsored by: Campus Recreation and UMKC Counseling Services.
By Kiana Mullins
Hello, my name is Kiana Mullins and I am in my final semester here at UMKC. I am part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program with a minor in Public Health. One of the reasons I chose UMKC was because of its diversity. When I stepped foot on campus I was introduced to different people and I got familiar with other cultures than my own. I enjoy learning from different cultures because it allows me to see a different point a view.
Right now, I am doing my internship at the UMKC Women’s Center. I have chosen to do my internship here because it benefits me and the women here on campus. As their mission statement states, “we advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.” What stands out to me the most is that the Women’s Center has access to resources for women in need. They organize events and programs that promote equity and inclusion. With my Health Sciences degree, I can see what health disparities can align with women’s health. The Women’s Center promotes a safe and healthy environment for women on campus and this is something that I am passionate about when it comes to keeping the community healthy. I do believe that this was one of my best choices I have made to help get me involved on campus and advance my knowledge of women’s health.
My plans after graduation are to pursue a dual master’s degree in Business Administration and Health Administration at Saint Louis University. I also will be working at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in Saint Louis. My goals this semester are to network, start perfecting my resume, and to start working on the requirements for graduate school.