With March being Women’s History Month, Kean University is celebrating with many different events, including the Women’s Empowerment Series. Through the collaborative efforts of Kean Athletics and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the university welcomed an inspiring woman to be the guest speaker at the event.
On Thursday, March 2, the Kean community welcomed Britta Brown, senior director of basketball administration for the Detroit Pistons. Students piled into the Miron Student Center, Room 315, to hear Brown’s words of wisdom and encouragement.
“I’m a minority, racially and gender wise, so for me that’s something I’ve always carried with me, but I’m also very proud,” said Brown. “My journey is really about believing in myself, feeling like I’m good enough, feeling like I belong, [while] also learning how to navigate opportunities.”
At the Women’s Empowerment Series, Brown spoke on many important moments throughout her life. Brown recalled her early childhood memories, her love for traveling, and how she got to where she is today. During her appearance, Brown also gave the students some advice.
Being a senior director for basketball administration, Brown is an empowering figure as she’s a woman in a male dominated industry. This was one of the many reasons as to why students attended the event.
“I came out here tonight because, as being a part of a women's team, we want to support other women in sports and hear more about others' experiences,” said Student Athlete Kayla Link.
At the event, many female students showed up with their teammates. These student athletes are part of different Kean University sports teams including soccer, field hockey, and cross country. As a team, many athletes came out to support women empowerment.
“Here with my team tonight, I thought it would be a nice event and a wonderful opportunity to hear some great female leaders speak,” Student Athlete Maddison Gonzales said.
Brown shared stories about her exciting, adventurous life from being offered several different job opportunities to RV traveling. As the event winded down students were pleased with what Brown had to say.
“This event was a really strong way to open up Women’s History Month and give female student athletes words of encouragement and to be inspired and to just get involved with the community,” Student Athlete Renee Rocha said.
Overall, students left the event feeling inspired by Brown’s encouragement. Some could even relate to Brown’s struggle of being a Black woman in a male-dominated industry. This Women’s Empowerment Series was a great opportunity to learn about Brown’s journey and to celebrate Women’s History Month.