New "H.E.R." group supports women

By Aaron Eshelman, Staff Writer

The Student Life Department is trying to make Newman a better place for women through H.E.R., a newly formed support group open to women on Newman’s campus.

H.E.R., which stands for Health Equity Resources for Women, is open to all faculty, staff and students and will meet once a month to hear a speaker.

“The goal of H.E.R. is to encourage the social, emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being of every woman on campus,” said Joseph Shepard, head of the Student Life Office.

Speakers invited to H.E.R. meetings will cover different topics related to the health of women. The idea is “to help create a support network among women and increase education in terms of health literacy,” Shepard said.

The group is led by students Kimberly Pham and Shanice Guitungo and they decided that the topic of the first meeting, which happened on Wednesday, would be self love. Pastor Yolanda White-Oliver, who is the Pastor at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, was the first speaker.

The topic and speaker of the next meeting is still undecided because the leaders hope that the larger group can decide what they want after the first meeting, Shepard said.

“My hope is that this space will create opportunity to build strong, valued relationships among other women on campus,” Shepard said.

For more information, contact Newman’s Student Life Office.

PHOTO: Courtesy Photo, Newman Advancement