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Kattiah Richardson – Women’s History Month Committee

The Women’s History Month Commitee (WHMC) at Michigan State University has spent the past few weeks planning events to bring the community together while both teaching and inspiring.

The HCMSU represpentatives have each contributed their own ideas and backgrounds to the project and as a team planned a themed content week for HCMSU through articles and social media posts.

Here’s a look into one of our four chapter members on the committee and what they contributed to our school and to our chapter during this historical month.

Kattiah Richardson: Class of 2024

A member of Her Campus since fall of 2021

Majors: English, Women’s and Gender Studies

Minors: Jewish Studies, LGBTQ+ Sexuality Studies

HCMSU Involvement: Assistant Editor, Staff Writer, Campus Trendsetter, HCHQ Intern

Instagram: @kattiah_claire

Kattiah Richardson took the lead on HCMSU’s involvement and has attended each of the meetings for the entirety of the WHMC, hosted a meeting for the WHMC HCMSU representatives, and created and planned a strategy for HCMSU’s themed content week. Her favorite event hosted by this committee was the Racial Justice Summit that took place on the weekend of March 18-19.

Throughout the entire month and the weeks leading up to it, Richardson worked alongside the campus correspondents, editor in chief, and the social media director to pull off the club’s involvement for the committee. 

Regarding her efforts, Richardson stated, “Honestly, I just fell into the role of leading this committee. I guess I have some control issues so falling into this leadership role was likely going to happen regardless. I would love to sit here and say that I’m a natural born leader – or whatever politicians are told to say during campaigning to sound like a good leader – but I think I just really like to be in charge.”

She also attended a handful of the events held this month as she assisted in the planning and idea process.

Richardson is unsure of her plans post graduation, but she has quite the resume and a variety of experiences to work with. She is considering going the route of becoming a professor. Being a part of this committee helped to further advance her time management skills.

“Though she be but little she is fierce,” from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a quote that Richardson lives by. In her own words, “This is a quote I’ve had displayed in my room since before I knew what it meant, but it’s been the one I’ve lived by (ever) since I did,” Richardson wrote. “I’m small, but, boy, am I feisty. I have a shit luck of the draw, but I’ve overcome everything, and I’m a badass b**** now!”

“After WHM, I want to get involved with something else in HerCampus!” Richardson stated, “I love this (student) organization way too much, so I definitely will need to fill the void somehow!”

On a final note, “I definitely learned throughout my life that people (men), are going to talk over you and make your thoughts and opinions feel like they don’t matter,” Richardson said,  “But, I also learned that I can push and advocate for myself to be heard.”

Kattiah Richardson wrote a ton of articles regarding Women’s History Month and for the themed content week, which you can check out here.

Kaytlyn is a Senior at MSU majoring in Marketing and minoring in Creative Writing. She has been a published journalist and writer for over 5 years. Kaytlyn is currently the Chapter President and Campus Correspondent for HCMSU as well as being involved in the Campus Trendsetters program and Internship Credit program. You can reach her by email through khmg2001@gmail.com or gannonk3@msu.edu.