Women Everywhere Believe (WEBelieve) has chapters all over the United States. It is an organization that focuses on leadership among women of color. The WEBelieve chapter at Saint Rose was founded in 2017 by Breanne Colon ’19.
Women Everywhere Believe’s President Brianna Robles ’21 is an Inclusive Early Childhood Education Major with a concentration in English. We recently caught up with Brianna to ask her a few questions about what’s in store for the Saint Rose chapter of WEBelieve.
Q: What is WEBelieve’s purpose?
A: The purpose of Women Everywhere Believe Saint Rose is to bridge the leadership gap between men and women. Many women operate in the workforce but, very few women, especially women of color, hold leadership positions. WEBelieve Saint Rose ensures that each woman we encounter leaves with more knowledge on how to properly operate in leadership positions by encouraging them to be physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially prosperous.
Q: Why is it important that the campus community participates?
A: Women are essential to every aspect of life. Women are so much more than what society may give us credit for. When women are encouraged to thrive and are pushed to take chances, everyone associated with them wins. Also, WEBelieve creates an open honest space where women can discuss struggles and biases they have faced in life, so we may hold ourselves and each other accountable for the way we think about and treat women.
Q: What have you learned from being a part of the WeBelieve chapter here at Saint Rose?
A: By joining and becoming the President of Women Everywhere Believe, I have learned how important it is to be apart of a sisterhood. WEBelieve has taught me leadership skills and how women if they truly understand their potential, can change the world! In WEBelieve, we each hold each other accountable and encourage each other to stir up and push out the greatness that was placed within us.
Q: What do you want people to know about WEBelieve that they might not already know?
A: Being the president of WEBelieve, I want women to know that they are not alone. I want them to know that when they feel like there is no seat at the table for them, that they have the capability to create their own table and watch the right people sit with them. In an environment where they may feel like their voice is not heard or considered, I want them to know that there is ALWAYS room for them in WEBelieve.
Q: What’s in store for this year (events, fundraising, activities, causes)?
A: For the upcoming semester, we have a lot of events and collaborations in store with other clubs/organizations on campus. Just to name a few, during the spring semester we have our annual HER STORY showcase, which celebrates women and highlights women artists on campus. Also, we participate in mentoring young girls throughout the Capital District through our Dare to Dream project.
Q: How can students get involved?
A: There are plenty of ways to get involved! Women faculty, administrators, and students are invited to our biweekly meetings where we discuss topics that affect women in and outside the workplace. WEBelieve Saint Rose is also heavily involved in community service. We strive to assist each girl and woman in becoming the best version of themselves. One of our heavily anticipated community service events is our Dare to Dream project. This project is an 8-week program where we teach a curriculum centered around life-skills to young girls in schools throughout the Capital District.