Crowned Rubies

Empowering All Women of Color

Program Description

The Crowned Rubies program is designed to provide support and access to resources for students, who identify as women or transwomen of color. We create a safe space, where students discuss the journey of being a women of color and the obstacles and achievements they encounter during their undergraduate journey. We achieve this through various meetings, events, workshops and trips to engage students and offer new experiences. These gatherings are designed for our Rubies to get to know one another, bond, challenge themselves and to develop a support system with one another. 

I gained a connection to other girls on campus that want to empower each other for the better of our community. 


Goals of the Program 

The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the success of women of color at Fredonia. In order to achieve this goal, we attempt the following:

  • Foster a sense of belonging 
  • Create an enviornment that not only provides support for the swoment but educate them on how to support one another. 
  • Provide an outlet to explore themselves, their needs and develop the skills to be successful academical, profesionally and socially


2019-2020 Crownd Rubies Intern: Deoniss Jackson

D. jacksonDeoniss Jackson is a senior at SUNY Fredonia, and is highly engaged student on the Fredonia campus. On top of being the Crowned Rubies intern, Deoniss is the Senior Class President, Diversity Chairperson for Fredonia's Student Association, President of a woman of color empowerment group called Sister Circle, the Black Student Union's Fashion show Coordinator, one of Fredonia's step team captains, and holds a resident assistant position on the campus, along with many other roles. Deoniss is very passionate about making minorities students on Fredonia's campus feel safe and welcomed so they will find their sense of belonging not only at Fredonia, but with college as a whole. Deoniss is planning to extend her passion after graduation back in her hometown by establishing a mentoring program for young minority children within the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo. 


Theme for the 2019-2020 Academic Year 

"Unapologetically Me!"

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