On Monday, March 25, 2019, I was inducted into Rowan University’s Sigma Zeta Chapter of Order of Omega. Order of Omega recognizes juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and involvement within their organizations, campuses and communities. It functions as an adjunct to traditional organizations and members are selected from the top 10% percent of students within the fraternity/sorority community.
There are 570 chapters of Order of Omega chartered throughout North America with the common goal of recognizing student-leaders and I am proud to be included in this elite group. It also means a lot to me to represent both my organization and the NPHC on this platform.
I’d like to start off by wishing all of our female readers a Happy Women’s Day / International Women’s Day!
You may ask, what is the specific correlation between Women’s Day and Female Filmmakers? However, there is much to celebrate, and 2019 has been a great year thus far for women in film above the line and below the line.
To name a few examples, this year was historic with a record number of women winning Oscars. Also, for the first time in history, each of the major movie studios have at least one female-directed movie slated for release this year. Many are stepping up to the plate with the 4 Percent Challenge and we’ve seen both France and the City of New York issue grants or subsidies to female filmmakers.
There were notable milestones and I am excited for what’s in-store. As women, we need to continue to find our own voices. We also need to push to control both the narrative and our portrayal in film.
This past weekend I attended a Christmas Party / Potluck at INSPIMIND. I completed a Video Production / Multimedia Internship with them this past summer. I drove all the way up from Glassboro to Paterson during finals week to bring my Guyanese Chow Mein dish. As expected, I had a total blast and I commend this organization because I identify with their mission and will continue to support the cause. To my surprise, both the Outreach & Retention Team, and the Programming & Research Team awarded me with Certificates of Appreciation. Happy Holidays!
This means a lot to me. Between a full course load with hands-on production, volunteering, freelance projects, work schedule and joining SGRHO … this semester was among the most challenging ever. HARD WORK PAYS OFF.