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100 Collegiate Women of America Inducts Charter Members at Prairie View A&M

The lives of forty-one young women were transformed following their recent induction into the 100 Collegiate Women of America™ at Prairie View A&M University on Nov. 10. The 100 Collegiate is one of the nation’s newest organizations for college and university students. It was created at the university in August 2011.

Asked why do colleges and universities need another organization? According to the organizers this organization is needed because it is one of the few that focuses on empowering its membership first and then equipping them to help others. The organization is open to college women who are progressive in their thoughts and actions, committed and dedicated to the cause of all humanity.

The charter members come from varied backgrounds and cultures, and ready to move the organization to the next level with the many planned programs. The key programs for the group include mentoring, education, economic empowerment and health and wellness. Among the membership are student government officials, campus leaders, resident hall counselors, organization presidents and prospective entrepreneurs.

The mission of the 100 Collegiate Women of America is to increase and provide opportunities to empower and improve the quality of life for women and to influence development at all levels of society. Guided by its motto: to engage, educate, empower and inspire others to greatness, the organization hopes to fulfill its mission thusly.

The 100 Collegiate Women is an outgrowth of an idea for an organization by Frederick V. Roberts, former Assistant Director of Career Services at Prairie View A&M University and a program initiative of the Collegiate 100 at the university. According to Roberts, who also created the Collegiate 100 in 1993, women were initially part of that group. However, in 1994 the group became an affiliate of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. and the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and membership was offered only to men at the national level.

The reactivation of the Collegiate 100 at the university in March 2011 and the subsequent induction of the men into the chapter created a renewed interest in a women’s group. Realizing the commitment to the young men in bringing the group back to campus, the formation of the group was to the fall semester.

Following the induction of the Collegiate 100 and at the urging of Dymonique Burton, the chapter Vice President, a team began work on creating the 100 Collegiate Women of America. The group is a non-profit organization and plans to expand to colleges and universities nationwide.

On September 27, Burton and Travis Reed, president of the Collegiate, met with several interested young women to discuss membership and the rollout of the new organization. Roberts appointed Elexia Robinson White, a senior education major from Desoto, as the organizing Chair/President. “When I was selected as the organizing chair, I was ecstatic because this is the kind of organization I was looking to be a part of,” Elexia said. “I am so glad this organization is formed and I look forward to making things happen in a big way.” They were considered for membership into the new group.

Word about the new organization spread like wild fire and the result was the induction of the 41 college members along with several honorary members including the chapter advisors Mrs. Johnie Walker, Staff Assistant Alternative Teacher Certification and Dr. De Linda Marzette, language professor at Prairie View A&M University. Other honorary members are Glenda Jones, Career Services Director, Shadia Washington and Emebet Admasu, Corporate Relations and Administrative Assistant in Career Services respectively, Kendra Mia Prestage, Artist/Grad Student, Tamra Wiley Lewis, Owner of TRB & Associates, Amy Charleston, Drama Teacher/Director, Royal High, Brookshire, Dr. DeAndrea Hughes, Talent Search at Texas Southern University, Evangeline Mitchell, Attorney and founder of the Black Pre Law Conference and Marianne Elaine Jackson, Waller County Precinct Judge.

Since the ceremonies, requests have been received for chapters at the Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Indiana University. The groups look forward to chartering chapters of the 100 Collegiate Women of America on these campuses in spring 2012.

The organization is currently planning a talk show circuit run for the likes of Great Day Houston, Oprah's OWN Channel, Good Morning America and CBS Today. Plans also include taking on First Lady Michelle Obama's project of helping Military families and childhood obesity, two major activities for coming year.

For information on the organization write: The 100 Collegiate Women of America, P. O. Box 5433, Prairie View, TX 77446 or collegiatel00women@gmail.com.
Posted By: Frederick Roberts
Sunday, July 1st 2012 at 7:28PM
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