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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Issue 6: April 2013

HEARTBEAT OF P.U.L.S.E. Embodied Triumph and Victory

The Executive Board of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate Would like to thank everyone who joined us in our

Content Letter From the Editor Letter From the Vice President

During Our Third Annual Breast Cancer Walk

Please Continue to Support Us in Our Endeavors in the Upcoming Academic Year!

Look Out For: General Body Meetings Tuesdays @ 8PM Ladies First – May 7th, 2013 Pastelito Sale – Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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Meet Our New Executive Board Members Mujeres, Forever Evolving Third Annual Brreast Cancer Walk Recap The Empowered Woman P.U.L.S.E. Lady Who Leads: Joni-Kay Johnson


H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Letter From the Editor

Dear Readers, The theme of this month’s publication is “Triumph and Victory.” Collectively, all the members of this executive board believe that these words encompass the feelings we have towards our organization as we reach the end of another academic year. We feel great triumph in our accomplishments as an organization, and as individuals. We feel victorious as we commence another year of maintaining a safe haven for women of color on Binghamton University’s campus. Throughout this academic year, this publication has been utilized to highlight events, women, and occurrences that coincide with our mission to educate, elevate and empower. We have diverted the attention from us and utilized this publication as a way to highlight how others have contributed to creating the Heartbeat of P.U.L.S.E. But for this issue; I wanted to take the time to celebrate the organization itself. I wanted to take this opportunity to allow readers to learn about the things that we do to exude our mission, as well as the people who work strenuously to make it all happen. The theme of victory and triumph does not only apply to us. It applies to our supporters who support our mission, as well as women who educate, elevate and empower on their own terms everyday. The simple fact that our supporters attend an accredited university in order to attain a degree and make a name for women of color in the world, makes them all the Heartbeat of P.U.L.S.E. in their own right. You should all feel triumphant and victorious for completing this academic year, whether it is your first, or your last. On behalf of the executive board of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate, we would like to humbly thank you for all of your support throughout this year. Without you, we would have no purpose. We look forward to your continued support.

Gratefully yours, Gabriella Layne

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Letter From the

Vice President Shaneira DaSilva Shaneira Dasilva has been a phenomenal executive board member of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate since 2011. Her immense dedication and passion for this organization has brought the organization to new heights and builf a caliber for what future members of the organization should live up to. The executive board member of P.U.L.S.E. greatly appreciates everything that you have done for us. We will miss you, and we will strive to continue the legacy of hard work and dedication that you have created for this organization.

Dear Readers, When thinking of the theme of this final publication of H.O.P.E., I can not but reflect on my journey here at Binghamton University. As this chapter closes in my life ,I can not help but to think of how much this organization has aided in this process. I joined Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate my second semester sophomore and have not looked back since. This organization was introduced to me at a point in my life where I need the support and encouragement of others like me, dealing with issues like me and that's what P.U.L.S.E. was. 2 years later and I am now Vice President moving onto Alumni Advisor. As an individual I have grown so much because of this organization. I have taken on leadership opportunities and developed confidence in myself I didn't know I had. As this chapter closes I am sad to leave behind this organization however I know that this is only the beginning. I have watched not only this organization develop but each of my eboard members and general body members. There is a pride in closing this chapter and I believe that P.U.L.S.E. will continue to educate, elevate and empower just as it did with me. 3


H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Latin American Student Union

Mujeres, Forever Evolving By Jessica Lucas

Mujeres, a loaded word with millions of unique interpretations. Mujeres; strong, dynamic, sensitive, nurturers, and leaders. Mujeres, taking charge without question Mujeres, initiating movements and sitting down for no one Mujeres, taking life’s blows, pushed down and standing up stronger Mujeres; the decision makers and motivators Mujeres taking their rightful place once and for all as the leaders they have been told not to be Mujeres, were now Presidentes, Abogadas, Doctoras, y Empresarias Mujeres, filling the shoes we were told could never be ours Mujeres, the multitaskers, the spontaneous, and the dreamers Mujeres, we can do it all

The Latin American Student Union at Binghamton Univerity strives to represent all students of Latin Descent, by introducing their rich culture to campus through weekly general body meetings and annual events. This poem, written by publications editor Jessica Lucas, is representative of the triumph and victory of women that are within the demographic that their organization

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate:

Third Annual

Breast Cancer Walk 2012-2013 Executive Board

THANK YOU !

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate:

Third Annual

Breast Cancer Walk Our Fight Against Breast Cancer Every year, during the Spring Academic semester, the executive board of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate and the Sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated collaborate to have our Breast Cancer Walk. The purpose of this walk is to bring awareness to the Binghamton University campus of Breast Cancer, a fatal illness that plagues the lives of innumerable women every year. We aim to encourage students to join the fight, and contribute donations that will go towards research to cure this form of cancer.

We aim to make this walk bigger and better every year by bringing up speakers, promoting unity, and encouraging students to come together for this common purpose.

We greatly appreciate everyone who has continuously helped us in our fight.

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Meet Our Newest Executive Board Members Cassandre Lolo Fundraising Chair 2013-2014 Major: Biology/ Pre-Med Track Quote: “It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. 1. What arose your initial interest in Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate? My initial interest in Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate arose in the first semester of my freshman year – last semester. I was seeking for an organization that I could feel at home away from home, and P.U.L.S.E. did just that. I remember the first time I went to P.U.L.S.E’s general body meetings, I felt welcomed by the refreshments they handed out, and how all the ladies were so freely to talk about issues that were being discussed with out the fear of being judged or looking different. I admired the purpose the ladies of P.U.L.S.E were embodying. As they made sure to empower and educate me, I wanted to be a woman who exemplified success while empowering other women to pursue and further their knowledge to become a beautiful, educated, powerful women striving to elevate, hence the name: Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate. 2.What are you looking most forward to as a new executive board member? I am looking forward for a spectacular and successful year as a new executive board member. I envision myself being able to communicate with all types of people on a small and large scale. I’m looking forward to interacting with an array of people and meeting new people, as well as, forming new professional and personal relationships. 3.What is your mission for P.U.L.S.E. in the future? The mission currently for P.U.L.S.E is to “to promote self-awareness and provide a safe and open place to discuss gender, sex, health, self-esteem and many other issues that concern women of color. We will provide a safe psychological and physical space for all women to speak freely and openly among one another”. In the future, I hope that PULSE cannot only embody strength, beauty and determination to women of color, but to extend our open place to all women of different color and shape. I want this organization to become a true inspiration to all women of Binghamton University and to the women of Broome County. 7


H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Meet Our Newest Executive Board Members Ashley Mitchell Historian 2013-2014 Major: Neuroscience/ Pre-Med Track Quote: “The soul should always stand ajar; ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” - Emily Dickinson 1. What arose your initial interest in Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate? My initial interest in Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate rose from the comfort I felt from the meetings I attended early in my freshman year, as well as what this organization’s purpose was. PULSE caters to women of color and works to provide a respectful medium where knowledge can be shared and guidance can be received. As a young woman of color, PULSE related to me in many ways, and I immediately knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. 2. What traits (personality traits, skills) do your think will add something positive to this executive board? Creativity, strong work ethic and optimism are all traits that I will bring to this executive board. Going into my sophomore year, this will be my first executive board position at this university, and I am eager to learn all that PULSE has to teach me.

3. What are you looking most forward to as a new executive board member? As a new executive board member, I am excited to learn the inner workings of this organization, as well to meet new people. Perhaps what I am excited about most is to finally be a part of the GB and event planning. The transition from an intern to holding an actual position on the board has been a tedious one, but I am excited for the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to work and supply new ideas. 4.

What is your mission for P.U.L.S.E. in the future?

My mission for PULSE in the future is no different than the mission for PULSE as it is now, which is to Educate, Elevate and Empower women of color. I would like us to continue doing so, while expanding our reach to the women on campus. Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate relates to a substantial, yet underrepresented, amount of the campus’s population, and I hope to see us all work together. 8


The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation. She now understands what it means to live and let live. How much to ask for herself and how much to give. She has a strong, yet generous heart and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart. Like the mythical Phoenix, she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence, unfettered by the things that once that posed such resistance. Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly. She hears the wind rustling through the trees; beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly. She feels the softness of her hands and muses at the strength that they possess. Her needs and desires she has learned to express. She has tasted the bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life, overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife. And the one thing she never understood, she now knows to be true, it all begins and ends with you.

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Written by Sonny Carroll

The Empowered Women

H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue


H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Women Who Leads: Acknowledging Women Students Who Elevate and Empower

P.U.L.S.E. Special Edition

Joni-Kay Johnson has served as the president of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate for the 2012-2013 academic year. Her persistence, dedication, patience, and uniqueness have made her a phenomenal president. She has always served as a motivating force for the members of this organization, constantly reminding us that the work of P.U.L.S.E. never ends. You are a P.U.L.S..E. lady always, and you will be missed! 1. How do you feel that your journey as a member of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate led to your progression as an individual? My journey as a member of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate has certainly led to my progression as an individual. As a general body member of I was inspired by the positivity and selflessness of the P.U.L.S.E. executive board. That inspired me to become an executive board member. After I became an executive board member, I was inspired and influenced to embody the mission of P.U.L.S.E., which is to educate, elevate, and empower. Because of P.U.L.S.E., I have tremendously enhanced my leadership skills and I’m also inclined to reciprocate the knowledge that I have gained through P.U.L.S.E. I do not think that I would be able to say I would be exactly who I am today if it wasn’t for my involvement in P.U.L.S.E. Being President of this organization has been one of my biggest challenges and I can proudly say that I have successfully accomplished it. I am very grateful for this organization because it has helped me to be a better individual and live up to what is expected of me.

2. What distinguishing qualities were you able to use towards the betterment of the organization? Distinguishing qualities that allowed me to contribute to the betterment of this organization consisted of an abundance of patience, passion, and dedication. Without these qualities I could not have been as coherent and influential as my preceding president.

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

Women Who Leads: Acknowledging Women Students Who Elevate and Empower

P.U.L.S.E. Special Edition

3. What were your initial expectations when taking on this major role in P.U.L.S.E.? Initially I thought that it would be very difficult and I was somewhat intimidated because I knew I had big shoes to fill. Although this was a very tedious, emotional, and challenging experience, I am very thankful for the opportunity and for my courage in going through with it. Although it took courage on my behalf, I couldn’t have done this without the support of my executive board. I am especially thankful for my amazing and supporting Vice President.

4. What is the legacy that you would like to leave behind for yourself, as well as P.U.L.S.E.? The idea of seeing things in people that they don’t even see in themselves and motivating them to keep on striving until you they acknowledge and reach their potential.

5. In what ways do you think that your leadership role affects the representation of women of color on Binghamton University's campus? I believe that my leadership role affects the representation of women of color on Binghamton University’s Campus in a very positive way. Our accomplishments have not gone unnoticed and being a leader has provided many opportunities and inspiration for others to be leaders by simply being involved and inspiring others to be involved as well.

6. What are the hopes that you have for the future of Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate? I hope for the continuation of growth and success for this organization. P.U.L.S.E. has accomplished so much in a short amount of time and I hope that the values and ideals that P.U.L.S.E. was founded on continue to impact and influence as much women as possible.

7. What is a beloved memory that you have of your time as a executive board member of P.U.L.S.E.? My beloved memory as an executive board member is the P.U.L.S.E. Panel during the 2012 WE3 Leadership Conference. The panel consisted of an array of inspiring women that left everyone inspired and empowered and being a part of that was a very fulfilling experience.

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H.O.P.E. Publication, April 2013 Issue

On Behalf of the Executive Board of

Powerful United Ladies Striving to Elevate

Thank You For Supporting Our Events For the 2012-2013 Academic Year!

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