The Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative was started to promote the well-being of black female students.

The 33-member group meets biweekly to plan initiatives to ensure personal success both in and out of the classroom.

LSU second-year student Kiemi Brown-Rivers says she joined the organization because it would appeal to her needs as a black woman.

“I joined BWEI because since the first second, I walked into LSU, I realized there was a need for an organization that directly addressed the needs of black women. It’s not enough to just say that we all can be appealed to in the right way, so black women in particular face certain experiences that are unparalleled by anybody else.”

Brown-Rivers works as the vice-chair of the Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative.

She says that she’s seen her growth as a leader while in this position.

“Especially as I grow as a leader, I get to see that my impact on the people around me and the people that I serve is really substantial, so it helps my self-esteem.”

The empowerment group is advised by graduate coordinator Ann-Marie Herod.

Herod says that she founded the group because she saw that a need was there.

“The reason why I founded the Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative was based off student need. This has been a passion of mine since I was in undergrad, in my undergrad institution, wanting to create a program that focuses on the development and well-being of black women on college campuses.”

The Black Women’s Empowerment Initiative has a signature event March 19. Heart to Art will allow participants to paint, fellowship, and see the work of female artists. The event will be in the Magnolia Room from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Interested applicants must be willing and ready to grow in all personal aspects.

To keep up with the group, follow their Instagram: @lsubwei