New Year, New Goals

By Korrien Hopkins

It’s a New Year and, like many other women, I have goals I’m looking forward to accomplishing in 2017. I have made New Year’s resolutions many years in the past, many that I forgot quickly in the weeks following January first. I know for a fact setting realistic goals and taking it day-by-day will lead to great success in the New Year. Often we make these resolutions, but we don’t make plans. light-person-woman-fireA goal with a plan is merely a thought. Most of the time we act as if we need to make these drastic changes to our lives, but in reality we just need to make improvements that come with time and growth. As women, we are always told by society that we must act and look a certain way. Pressure is already put on us by society, so why put more on ourselves? I think the only thing women should change this year are the things we care about. As women, we are told to care for and about everything. This year, I challenge women everywhere to put their mental health first and care a little less about everything else and more about themselves.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes for women to take into the New Year:

“Ditch the resolutions.

To resolve means to find a solution to a problem.

You are not a problem

The way you showed up for your life the past year was necessary for your growth.

Now is a time to reflect. To learn.

To create an intention, a positive call to shift,

A spark of magic + manifestation

Rooted in self-love

and backed with action.” – Unknown


“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“A New Year is the beginning of anything you want.

Let the past be over and get ready

for a new adventure.” – Unknown


“Life is sweeter if you make yourself do uncomfortable things.” – Helen Gurley Brown


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V-Day UMKC presents benefit screenings of Until the Violence Stops

vday-2014-450x232pxV-Day UMKC 2017 will be presenting benefit screenings of Until the Violence Stops. The film documents the start and success of V-Day and The Vagina Monologues Join us this Tuesday, January 31 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Street Residence Hall basement, 5051 Oak St.; or on Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 main St., KCMO. Donations accepted. Proceeds from all activities benefit the UMKC Women’s Center and V-Day 2017’s spotlight campaign. Co-sponsored by the UMKC Violence Prevention & Response Program, UMKC Masters of Social Work Student Organization, UMKC Residence Life, and Kansas City Public Library.

Welcome back, Thea!


Hi, I’m Thea Voutiritsas. I’m a senior here at UMKC, majoring in English Language and Rhetoric, with a minor in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. This is my final semester here at UMKC, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the Women’s Center staff.

This will be my second semester working with the Women’s Center, and I’m happy to be back. Working in an environment that celebrates and promotes the multicultural realities of women’s lives has helped me become an agent in my own life. Not only do I want to participate in a discourse for women going through various hardships, but also offer resources to women of all ages, races and identities.

My goal in the Women’s Center this semester is to promote constructive feminist activism in the workplace and in daily life. By focusing on equality and opportunity in all settings, I hope to set an example of how feminism can be freeing for everyone. My main avenues for distributing fresh feminist content will be through our blog here, and through social media. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated!