By Olivia Brzozowski
My time at the Women’s Center was short, fun and flew by! It seems like just yesterday I was coming up with ideas of where I wanted to intern for my Master’s program, and deciding to reach out to the Women’s Center. I thought the Women’s Center would be a great place to intern because it could allow me to tie two topics together that I am passionate about: women’s equity and sports. I am currently a GA in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office with Kansas City Athletics, and have always felt empowered as a woman working in a male-dominated field.
I decided to try something a little different by interning somewhere not directly related to athletics, but could allow me to integrate the two. So, this semester, that’s what I did. I was put in charge of a new programming event called Roo Up with the Women’s Center to promote UMKC female student-athletes. It was a great success and I am so happy the events went so well. I enjoyed getting to work other events, such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and helping with auditions for the Vagina Monologues. I learned a lot throughout the semester and meeting and working with new people was a great experience. Everyone here is so supportive and encouraging. The Women’s Center was a great way for me to de-stress from other stressors in my life, and was such a comforting place to work. Lastly, I can’t believe my time here is already up, but I will definitely pay many visits to the Women’s Center next semester (also my last semester of grad school, woot!!)
By Olivia Brzozowski
On Thursday, November 7th, the UMKC Women’s Center partnered with Kansas City Athletics to host the event Roo Up With the Women’s Center, featuring the Kansas City Volleyball team. The volleyball match against Utah Valley took place at 7pm in The Swinney Center. Lots of fans came out to show support of their Roos, which ultimately led to a Roo win! The UMKC Women’s Center’s mission focuses on promoting gender equity around campus and the community. Because sports play such a major role in society, it is important that female athletes are supported just as much as male athletes. The UMKC Women’s Center has had the perfect opportunity to partner with Kansas City Athletics in support of female student-athletes on campus. Last month, the Women’s Center hosted its first Roo Up event at a Women’s Soccer game.
At the volleyball game specifically, free t shirts were handed out to all fans as well as buttons with phrases such as “Win Like A Girl”, and “WOMXN UP”, which is also what the t shirts said. Overall, it was a fun event and people loved the free t-shirts and buttons. It created an atmosphere where the Women’s Center could be promoted and we could educate people on our mission. The next Roo Up event will take place at a UMKC Women’s Basketball game, with the date TBD. So, keep your eye out for this one!! We are excited to continue this relationship with Kansas City Athletics, and get people excited to watch UMKC’s own very talented female student-athletes!
By Olivia Brzozowski
Hi! My name is Olivia Brzozowski and I am a graduate student here at UMKC. I graduated from the University of Kansas in December 2017 where I majored in Sports Management. For three years, I was the mascot at KU, Baby Jay. Being the mascot got me heavily involved with the athletics department, and made me want to pursue working in the sports industry. I interned with KU Athletics as well, working in the marketing and fan experience department. After graduating, I interned with Kansas City Athletics in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) working as an academic mentor. I then accepted a graduate assistant position in SASSO, where I am currently a second year GA. When I graduate in May, I hope to continue working in college athletics in student-athlete development.
I am very passionate about advancing women in the sports industry, as it is a very male dominated field. I am involved with an amazing organization based here in Kansas City called Women Leaders in College Sports that is all about celebrating and advancing women in this industry.
I chose to do my internship this semester at the Women’s Center because promoting gender equity is necessary all across the board. I am hoping to integrate my experience at the Women’s Center with athletics as well, since female representation and supporting female athletes is so important. I am excited for this new experience and for the awesome programming we will be doing this semester!
In my spare time, I love traveling, playing with my dogs, and I am a HUGE Kansas City sports fan!!