Unified Stands Together to Encourage Students
Unified meetings are a place for college women to come together to be encouraged and refreshed. The Chase photo: Rebecca Darrup
College can be tough, and balancing academics with sports, social life and family can be an exhausting challenge. Unified is an organization at Eastern New Mexico University that enables women to connect and grow as Christians, encourage one another, and refresh feelings of hope and self-worth.
Advised by Patricia Dobson and led by Katrina Weir, Unified was started just last fall, tabling for the first time at Dawg Days in August 2019. Despite that it felt way out of her comfort zone to start a group on campus, Weir knew she needed to do something to leave a mark. Between presenting her thesis paper in Lubbock, Texas and having a memorable dream, she noted that little pieces started to fall into place after that for Unified to start up. Her goal was to have a group where women could help one another along their path to success as opposed to being focused on themselves.
“I don’t think our society spends enough time anymore encouraging others,” Weir said.
Through her path from Barbados to New Mexico on a track scholarship, she explained that she always had godly women in her life encouraging her and help her to attain the goals she set. Starting Unified was a way for Weir to inspire other women and encourage them, as well as building a support system within the group.
“I have amazing women of God in my life, and that’s what I want to be to someone else because I know many women struggle with stuff that they can’t have a conversation about,” stated Weir.
Unified meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30–7:30 p.m. in the Communication Center in room 112. Students can join at any time and are welcome to attend any meetings they are able to. Although the group is small now, they are looking forward to being able to help with and host other events as they grow.