Congrats to the Class of 2022!
It is always an amazing moment when we can celebrate Black women. IBWPPI would like to congratulate Nayila Moore and Taylor Newkirk for graduating from their respective programs and wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Nayila graduated from Howard University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in Management and Spanish. After graduation, she will be working in Washington, DC for Spencer Stuart as a Business Analyst.
Taylor graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Master of Public Policy specializing in Education Policy. After graduation, she will be joining the Prince George’s County Resident Teacher Program. Taylor also plans to continue serving with IBWPPI as a Policy Fellow.
Self-Care and Grace
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Covid-19 left a devastating impact on millions of people around the world. In the United States of America, the Black and Brown communities experienced unprecedented sickness and death. In already disenfranchised communities and communities where the quality of life had been determined to be far less than in other communities, we saw the rise in economic uncertainty, disperse, crime and apathy. The sum of this devastation caused the greatest enthusiasm gap of my lifetime. The question I asked myself repeatedly during these two years of the pandemic was “what can I do to feel better about myself and to contribute to the feeling better of others?”
I have a few things that I have been intentional about that have helped me:
1. Getting enough rest.
2. Calling family and friends to stay connected.
3. Doing something personal for myself that inspires me.
4. Engaging in a positive hobby with consistency.
5. Minimizing time spent with negative conversations.
Remember, we all need a little more patience and grace.
Reading Room: Our Summer Choice
The Summer Reading Selection for our Reading Room Initiative is Climate Change For Beginners, by Dr. Dean Goodwin.
The IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative Project is dedicated to promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a youth’s full potential.
Our primary goal is to enable elementary, middle, and high school students to improve their literacy skills. The Initiative will create a nurturing environment for youth to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills.
The IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative allows at-risk communities the opportunity to have high-interest reading materials. In addition, youth rarely have an opportunity to have their own reading materials in a classroom setting.
Message to Membership
IBWPPI invites you to either join or renew your annual membership with us as we begin the New Year. Join as a new member or renew your membership online.
Even in the midst of a two-year Pandemic, IBWPPI has not faltered in our mission to connect and advocate for Black women globally through our programs and initiatives. We have continued our support of the Cordelia-Sutherland Birthing Center in Ghana, the Sunday Girls, the Reading Room Initiatives, and our Boots on the Ground projects. Your membership is vital to the success of all these programs and so much more.
I would like to personally invite you to renew your membership today.
Thanks from your Membership Director, Kathlyn Adams Seay
Why Join IBWPPI?
IBWPPI started in 2009 in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue