Illinois State University has an abundance of different student organizations that incoming and current students can participate in.
One of these groups is the Black Girl Code that was established in spring 2019.
Black Girl Code was established on campus to empower female minority students all throughout the ISU community. The group focuses on bringing attention to social injustice happening to black women in and around the Bloomington-Normal community while also shining light on national issues.
The Black Girl Code organization stands to support minority women as they may encounter personal issues inside and outside the classroom during their independent journey throughout college.
“Black women are taught to be independent and strong but that does not leave a lot of opportunity to grow,” Black Girl Code President Rose Sammons said.
Sammons said participants are encouraged to be open about the stress they are facing while being a student so that they can receive the necessary help and seek motivation from fellow members within the group.
“We need black women on campus to know it is okay to feel anxious and scared. We can seek comfort in each other,” Sammons said.
The number of members for the Black Girl Code has risen to 62 within its first year of being established.
With the help of all members, the group partakes in different events across campus, including the recent #AntiBlackISU protests and community services like holding the recent Black Girl Code Clothes Drive that collected clothing to be donated to a local homeless shelter.
There are weekly meetings held for the Black Girl Code and those interested can attend from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays in Stevenson Hall 133A.