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10Dec/1211

At William Woods University, EVERYONE MATTERS

Hey everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been such a slacker on the blog lately! The few weeks leading up to finals are the craziest, but thankfully things have calmed down a bit and I can fill you in on what I’ve been up to! :)

Recently, a new and amazing campaign was introduced to our campus called Everyone Matters. This program is being spearheaded by the one and only TaLisa Maxwell, WWU’s Director of Multicultural Affairs.

According to their Facebook page, Everyone Matters is “a global Inclusiveness campaign…with a collective message to judge others less, see the humanity in everyone, and emphasize that everyone has the right to be who they are.” Sounds like a good plan to me!

When TaLisa first told me about her plan to bring this program to campus, I was super excited! I think it is so important to respect everyone for who they are and to stop judgment in its tracks, so being involved with Everyone Matters seemed like the perfect way to spread that message!

The first thing TaLisa did to kick off the William Woods Everyone Matters campaign was to host an event during dinner in our dining hall. During this event, students were asked to fill out surveys that asked for one or two word answers about themselves. The questions were things like, “How would you describe yourself in three words?” and “What is something that makes you happy?”

Once all the surveys were filled out (there were LOTS!), TaLisa entered them into this website called Tagxedo that takes simple words and colors and transforms them into really awesome collages! Check mine out!

I think it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself!

The next phase of the campaign was to combine all of the collages onto one giant banner and take pictures of students holding it. Seeing everyone’s collages together was really cool and inspirational. Even though we are all unique in our own ways, seeing the student body come together for something like this made my heart smile. :)

My friends Jen, Michael and Maggie were pretty excited to hold the banner, too!

The final stage of Everyone Matters was less of a group effort and more on an individual basis. TaLisa had students write “I am” statements on a piece of paper and took photos of them that would later be posted to the official Everyone Matters website. Students also had the option of recording videos beginning with the words “I matter because..” and “Everyone at William Woods matters because..”

My "I am" statement was "I am full of love!"

Check this out! I got to be on the Everyone Matters Facebook page!

Everyone Matters is such an important campaign because I think sometimes we get so caught up in our own little bubbles that we forget about the big beautiful world that surrounds us and the people that fill it. No matter what race, sexual orientation, religion, gender or age, everyone DOES matter and they are IMPORTANT.

I am so proud to have been a part of such an incredible movement at William Woods. Having the opportunity to make a difference to the people I see every single day through Multicultural Affairs Club reminds me why I love WWU so much and why this campus community has become my home away from home.

Just so you know, YOU matter too! I hope you check out the Everyone Matters website to see just how cool this campaign is and why I’m so excited it’s now here at WWU. What a great thing to get involved in once you’re a student here! :)

Well, I hope you have an amazing rest of your week and have lots of opportunities to smile! I challenge you to tell someone in your life why THEY matter to YOU-talk about making their day! Good luck!

Smiles and sunshine!

Katherine

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