Empowerment March aims to form a community of support

The Female Empowerment Organization is collaborating with fellow student organizations, offices, faculty and students across campus to hold the first Empowerment March from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 on the Wakehurst lawn.

The march aims to unite groups of people that feel they have been discriminated against or marginalized, said Alexandra Correia, president of the Female Empowerment Organization. “We hope to uphold the mission of mercy by spreading positivity and love and by bringing the Salve and Newport communities of activism together to one large event,” she said. “We hope that by bringing all groups together, we can form a community of support for one another against the injustices so many groups of people have suffered in today’s society.”

The march will feature a rally with keynote speaker Lul Mohamud, an active student leader at Boston University and proud Somali-American Muslim woman. Additional community members slated to speak include Dr. Robin Hoffmann, professor in the Department of Administration of Justice; J. Malcolm Smith, associate vice president and dean of students; Dr. Barbara LoMonaco, vice president for student affairs; and Eddie Cullinane ’19, SGA treasurer and president-elect.

A student-led exhibit will feature visual and physical art, with pieces focusing on students’ views, beliefs and interpretations of the many issues and campaigns that the march is highlighting. Spike’s Junkyard Dogs and Hawaiian Jim’s will provide refreshments.

Additional organizations and offices involved in the march include the Alliance, Black Student Union, Campus Activities Board, Extensions Dance Company, Group Inspired For Today, McKillop Library, Mosaic, Office of Multicultural Programs, Psychology Club, Salve Saves, Salve Snapshot, Salve Studios, SRU Dance, Student Government Association and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Club.

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