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“Okay To Be Bossy”: BOSS Holds Annual Mental Overall health Summit, Cultivates Space for Females of Colour to Really feel Heard and Observed


Mar 30, 2023

“Self-care, brown-skinned girls and releasing your inner youngster,” “How to be bossy with style and grace,” “Goal setting for the upcoming semester” and “Defining healthful sexual and romantic relationships” are 4 of the nine workshops Creating Ourselves via Sisterhood and Service held throughout their annual mental well being summit on Friday and Saturday. 

BOSS is a student-run organization at Cornell that facilitates peer mentorship and service amongst girls of colour, fostering impactful social interactions.

Lasting two days, this year’s mental well being summit kicked off with a self-care and spa bonding occasion on March 24. The second day involved a mental well being summit occasion on March 25, with the theme “Connecting Inside and Beyond.” By way of this theme, BOSS aimed to encourage mindfulness and cultivate a space for girls of colour to really feel heard and observed.

Advertising meditation and bonding, the conference featured a fireside panel and a series of nine workshops facilitated by students and mental well being pros.

The summit keynote speaker was Freddie Ransome, a creator, net character, occasion curator, DJ and Buzzfeed video producer. Ransome shared her experiences of dealing with imposter syndrome, what she hopes to get out of her profession and the influence she aspires to have on the music market.

“The imposter syndrome has been actual, specially due to the fact I have constructed my profession mainly about content material creation,” Ransome stated. “I do not want persons to assume I am just becoming an Instagram DJ or an influencer DJ. I want persons to know that I respect the craft. I practice so substantially and want to be respected in this space.”

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Ransome also discussed her efforts to sustain her mental well being as her profession has shifted. 

“I assume my mental well being is in a great spot ideal now, due to the fact I have created some difficult, scary choices — like leaving my 4-year-old management group,” Ransome stated. “Also, becoming conscious of the corporation I maintain will lead to my all round achievement. I like great power. I appreciate to be held accountable, and I want any person in my corner to be like, you got this.” 

Summit co-chair Kelli Williams ’24 commented on BOSS’s speaker choice procedure.

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“[When selecting potential speakers and facilitators], we attempt to assume who could speak to and connect the theme in special strategies,” Williams stated. “For instance, we [had] Jakara Zellner ’23 speaking about nature in terms of mental well being and how that connection would operate. Then, we [had] mental well being pros who did a panel speaking about mental well being and gave abilities and sources to the students, due to the fact often it [can feel] inaccessible.” 

Simone Regis ’25, one particular of the workshop coordinators, described the connections she forged with her fellow summit planners.

“We have formed some good bonds. …. You connect with persons when you are building issues collectively,” Regis stated. “I felt like I was connecting inside and beyond although placing all of this collectively.”

Summit attendees Kassidy Scott ’26 and Abbie Jobe ’26 felt that the workshops helped them to greater recognize their mental well being. 

Jobe stated the workshop led by student facilitator Rumbidzai Mangwende ’24 helped her recognize the value of staying organized and balanced.

“[Mangwende] discussed how organization is crucial and provides you stability. When you really feel steady, you can plug into exactly where you are lacking and make strategies of building balance,” Jobe stated. “If you do not know exactly where you are falling due to the fact you are not organized, how do you know how to increase?”

Scott similarly spoke extremely of the summit sessions, which she stated permitted her to recognize the value of self-care.

“[I] discovered how to apply what I discovered at the summit] to my life, my inner life and … my relationships,” Scott stated. “Overall, this summit taught me how to take care of myself as a Black lady and how to shield my mental well being and my mental spaces.”

Erica Yirenkyi ’25 is a Sun employees writer and can be reached at [email protected]

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