Women of CMU 4. Taylor Brown

West Bloomfield, junior Taylor Brown poses for a portrait in her room in Woldt Hall on the campus of Central Michigan University, Friday, March 17, 2017. “(A feminist is) someone who is just pro-woman, just pro-rights. I did a bulletin board on the Women’s March on Washington and a lot of people don’t know that the Women’s March actually advocates for a lot of different issues, not just women’s rights. An empowered woman is being empowered in all areas. I think a lot of times people think to be pro something you have to be anti something else, which isn’t true. So being a feminist and an empowered woman is empowering all groups or all people who have been oppressed or discriminated against…Being pro-feminist or pro-woman means being empowered in yourself to empower others through your actions, your speaking, though just what you are doing,” Taylor explains.

Taylor Brown is our fourth #WomenofCMU.

Taylor is a Junior from West Bloomfield, MI, who is involved in a wide range of organizations on Central Michigan’s Campus. Taylor is a Multicultural Advisor in Woldt Hall. She is Vice President for Minority of Medical Students. She volunteers with Geer-Up; an organization that helps in-city students prepare for secondary education through the CMU Central of Inclusion and Diversity. She is a Leadership Advancement Scholar, a Multicultural Academic Scholar, and a college volunteer facilitator corps member. Lastly, Taylor is a bible study leader through Intervarsity with Black Campus Ministry; providing a safe space for black students on campus to explore their religion no matter where they fall on the spectrum.

This is so much on one person’s plate and Taylor handles it all with grace, making her a perfect fit for #WomenofCMU. Taylor was active in her high school community and continues to be a part of something bigger than just her to her experiences here at CMU.

“I think first coming in as a CMU student, I was involved in high school, but then I was kinda trying to re-establish myself as I came to college. First gaining the relationships here, I literally met my best friends from my freshman year roommates…meeting people who love you unconditionally and are there for you for those late night chats. As well as opportunities to see different communities and passions of people I nescessarily were exposed to but didnt dive into…Also being able to be an advocate and learning how to better be an ally for different situations or circumstances. Just educating myself on different issues and to be able to edcuate other people as well as coming back to my job as a Multicultural Advisor…(this leads too) my imapct on campus is to be that friend, that mentor, that sister, that person to look up to,” Taylor explains.

Taylor does openly define herself as an empowered woman and a feminist. She explains that feminsim, like any support of something is not hating the other, it is understanding both. With all that is occurring this today’s world it is hard to idenitfy with these terms proudly, espeically as a woman in a minority group.

“Growing a lot of miniorities will tell you that you have to work twice as hard as your counterpartners. That is just soemthing that kinda gets instilled in you, espeically in my household growing up because I grew up in a pridominantly white area my entire life…Just because you are a miniority doesn’t mean your expereinces are universial, we all experience different things and other peoples transitions (to CMU campus) might not have been as easy as mine because of what I grew up with. So being able to see being African American on a pridominantly white campus, especially white, christian campus (even though CMU is not presented in that way), I think it is jsut something that you have to be proud of who you are because that next person will be looking at you and saying if they can do it, I can do it too,” Taylor states .

It is important to recognize women who are different than us, but more importantly women who are impacting people around us, even those different than us. I think Taylor is a prime example of a woman on campus who is strong in her faith, her identity and her knowledge to help empower and educate others around her everday. Yet again, another amazing woman who fits with my five pillars of feminism, as stated in my previous posts. It is not hard to fine women who want to make a difference but you need to find women who strive to do more than just that.

Continue to leave your stamp on this campus Taylor, we are so proud to call you a Chippewa. Fire Up.

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