Still we persist

Supporting and nourishing Oregon State University's Womxn of Color

Welcome to AYA

AYA is the Adinkra symbol for “fern.” The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. It represents endurance, resourcefulness, courage, and will to persist even when adverse circumstances make it difficult.

Our Vision

For Womxn of Color to feel whole, nurtured, supported, and loved in order to thrive here at Oregon State University.

OUR MISSION

To facilitate long-lasting and dynamic support for Womxn of Color in all endeavors through facilitating interconnectedness within OSU and Corvallis communities and welcoming all people into spaces that allow for learning, growth, and healing.

OUR GOALS

  • Identify, support, and build up material, relational, and conceptual assets and resources for Womxn of Color and the greater OSU community.
  • Provide a platform to link members of the OSU community who are working to support, nurture, love, and advocate for Womxn of Color.

Background

As a result from the student ­led action, #ITooAmOSU (spring 2014), and response to bias related incidents targeting women and people of color at our predominantly white institution, student organizers of the effort inquired about the institutional support for a intergenerational women of color group. Over the next 2 years, organizers used surveys and visioning workshops to invite womxn of color to share their stories, hopes, and needs.  Highlights and discussions included the creation of a community ­­a safe and supportive environment for and by women of color. Other initial themes/goals that emerged include on ­campus community building, professional development and skills building workshops.  This effort led to the creation of the student organization Sisters of Color Coalition and the campus wide initiative and support network, AYA.

Contact AYA

Student Experience Center
2251 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737–9030

Micknai Arefaine
Graduate Teaching Assistant
aya.dce@oregonstate.edu