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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Bangura

Major: Area Program in Literary Prose
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Year: Third

1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
I came to the Women's Center in hopes of not being a single voice for black women on Grounds, but becoming a medium that allows ALL our differing and intersectional voices to be heard. 

2. What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?
I'm in Chi Alpha which is a Christian Fellowship here on Grounds. It's an amazing way to stay connected to my faith and remind myself that the meaning of life is about something much larger than good grades or clout.  

3. If you could describe the Iris team in 3 words, what would they be?
Open, Passionate, Ambitious 

4. What's your favorite memory of UVA thus far?
My favorite memories always consist of the littler moments. Those moments we laugh till we can't breathe, but don't even remember what the original joke was. Those moments we come together to discuss and debate important matters in our communities. Those moments we make time for each other - whether it's to eat or check each other's mental health. UVA has truly showed me that there is nothing wrong with being picky about who you allow close to you. That way the little moments that make you smile become more frequent. 

5. What does leadership mean to you?
To me leadership is not being the boss of someone, but helping that individual become the boss of their own life. A true leader is intelligent, kind, creative, sympathetic, but ultimately generous. They want the best for all of those who are a part of their team. 

6. What's your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is avoiding all my responsibilities in life for as long as I possibly can.  

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