SJICR hosts “Self-Care” social in recognition of International Women’s Day

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Students work through various magazine clippings to include in their vision boards. - Intern / Bryant Lopez

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) held a self-care social.

The event, which was held on March 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m, had many activities that students could participate in. One of the most popular activities were the vision boards. Students were given materials to create vision boards and had the opportunity to set goals they would like to achieve.

In addition, students could pick up self-care information cards. Cards gave tips on how to participate and practice self-care. Some methods listed on the card included journaling, meditation, and talking to a loved one.

Students also had the opportunity to participate in three giveaways. One basket contained makeup products such as mascara, makeup wipes, hair ties, and other beauty supplies. Another basket contained products like bath bombs and faces masks, and the last basket included a book by Helena Reckitt titled “The Art of Feminism.”

Food was also provided for students attending the event. Foods included pita bread, chips, and a variety of cookies. As for drinks, lemonade and water was available

The event was planned by Marybeth Baisden, a student worker for SJICR.

SJICR provides a safe space and resources for underrepresented and underserved students at Rowan. In addition, SJICR works with many student organizations, programs, and events. Many of the events SJIR hosts cover difficult topics that a group may face but Baisden wanted to take this event in a different direction. 

“I think that a lot of times when we do events, like for marginalized groups, we focus a lot on the issues. But I think that sometimes it’s nice to have to give people a venue to like have fun and relax,” Baisden said. 

Baisden uses vision boards in her own life. She recently found a vision board she made in high school and it shocked her to see that she achieved some of her goals and how some of her goals have changed over time. Baisden views it as a reminder of where she was at that point in time. 

“I think doing a craft is always fun. I always love doing a craft. It always calms me down,” said Baisden. “I think vision boards kind of give you an opportunity to look into the future and set goals and be like this is what I want to be doing in the future. And you can remind yourself to step toward that.”

The end goal of SJICR, according to Baisden, is to raise awareness about social justice issues and to let people know that are a part of these groups that they have a space to be comfortable on campus. 

“It’s a resource for people to learn about social justice happening on campus,” Baisden said. 

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