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Student group promotes unity, dialogue, giving back to Columbia community

November 10, 2015

A club dedicated to minority students on the Stephens campus is making extra efforts this semester to be visible and engage support of all students.

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. began about five years ago and is beginning to become more active, said Leona Brown, secretary for the group.

This year, the group is hosting social events such as a Halloween party, holding student discussion groups and participating in service projects.

“We have ‘Pillow Talks’ in the upper level of the Student Union a couple of times a month,” Brown said. “It’s a safe zone where students can come and share their thoughts, concerns and ideas.”

The next Pillow Talk is tonight. It comes on the heels of a campus-wide meeting President Dianne Lynch called in light of recent events in Columbia.

Brown said the Pillow Talk will be a great follow-up to that dialogue, and she hopes all students participate.

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. has about 20 members and is open to all students. The club is also developing partnerships with groups at the University of Missouri.

In addition to promoting respect and unity, B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. is finding ways to give back to Columbia. Currently, members are collecting toiletries, cleaning products, baby products and other necessities for True North, an organization that helps victims of domestic abuse.

“They educate women and help them get back on their feet,” Brown said “It’s about given women a second chance, and Stephens women should be involved in something like that that's so close to our home. It’s a way to give back and support others.”



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