Every campus needs one
Massage therapist Tiondra
Hamilton rubs a stressed-out
guest the right way during
an UPLIFT event in the
University Center as other
students look on and
patiently wait their turn.
Photo by Kena Alvardo
Unity and Empowerment
Students gathered at the UC
to witness UPLIFT'S debut
event, the Women's Health
Exposition featuring prizes
and guest speakers dedicated
to the advancement and
empowerment of all women.
Photo by Kena Alvarado
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When talking about equality, education, unity, women's history, women's health, or violence against
women, UPLIFT should be the first organization to roll off one's tongue. UPLIFT'S main mission was
to inform all women on the issues affecting them, and to promote unity and advancement in their
personal relationships, careers, communities, and personal lives.
"I wanted my organization to be the connecting piece between all of the women's' organizations on
campus. I wanted to help make all of our goals more attainable," said president and founder Donica
Beckett, when asked about what motivated her to start UPLIFT in April 2002.
The four main priorities of UPLIFT were fundraising, marketing, community service, and program involvement. UPLIFT held their first fundraising event, "Treasure Your Life," at the Women's
Health Exposition on September 19,2002. "It was a great success and a lot of fun." said Donica. Donica
was a "GIRL'S INC" mentor, and encouraged other UPLIFT members to do the same type of community service and volunteer work.
Along with the free massages, facials, and food, the ladies enjoyed a speech on "Women and Self
Esteem," presented by Avila Steele. This event was a collaboration of many on-campus organizations
such as UPLIFT, AAPHC-Mu Delta, the Women's Studies Program, and the Women's Health and
Wellness Center. In addition, many local Houston organizations like the Women's Pregnancy Center,
the Houston Area Women's Center, the Crisis Intervention Center of Houston, and the Blood Center
came out to donate their time and services as well. UPLIFT'S contribution to the "Harbors of Hope
Campaign" was setting up tables to ask people to donate dollar bills. All of the donations bought
toiletry and hygiene items for the women and children of the Houston Area Women's Center.
- Dixie Ann Dalton
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Guest speaker Leona
Roberts gives a speech
about the importance of
self-esteem for UPLIFT'S
members and guests.
Confidence and self-
esteem for women was
Photo by Kena Alvarado