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Organization members hope to unite groups of women

Originally published in the North Texas Daily on January 25, 2011.

What started out as a personal slogan for Ashley Benson became a movement for more than 100 women across campus.

Never Be a Stupid Girl, created in spring 2010, became a slogan Benson, the founder of the group, would plaster on T-shirts, wristbands and stickers.

After transferring from Langston University last fall, Benson, a journalism junior,  knew  UNT needed a movement like Never Be a Stupid Girl on campus.

“After a couple of weeks, I started to notice how UNT is so diverse yet so segregated,” said Benson. “There are all kinds of people attending the university from different countries and cultures, but it seemed like no one was embracing the opportunity to get to know people that didn’t look like them.”

The group was created to encourage women to lift their standards in every aspect of life, regardless of ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation, said Danielle Vincent, a psychology junior.

“We are currently in the process of brainstorming event ideas for the spring semester,” Vincent said. “Because February is Black History Month, we intend on hosting an educational trip, which will spark interest in the girls and hopefully teach them something they might not have had the opportunity to learn otherwise.”

Members of the organization meet at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday in Chemistry Building 109.

“I wrote it on a big calendar in the hallway of my apartment and soon my two roommates started to use it as their slogan,” Benson said. “That’s when I knew it could be more than just a saying and I made a vision for a movement.”

Women interested in becoming a member must pay $10 in semester dues to help fund future events. They must also attend at least one meeting per month.

“With so many different organizations and clubs on campus, NBASG just stood out to me,” said Shalonda Collins, an emergency administration and planning sophomore. “I wanted to be part of an organization that seeks to empower and uplift women of all shades and backgrounds. This movement is a way for women to come together as one and play a positive role on and off campus.”

Collins said she wants the group to continue to educate members on women’s role in today’s society.

“It’s just a very positive movement that does not discriminate and that seeks to bring women together as one,” she said.

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