Kappa Kappa Gamma helps students ‘Fleurish’ at philanthropy event

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Alexis Jones, founder of I Am That Girl, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering women, receives a standing ovation after speaking at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority’s Fleurish event. Photo by Caitie Guttry

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority brought Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna and founder of I Am That Girl Alexis Jones to Chapman Oct. 6 to help Chapman students “Fleurish” by talking about sexual assault, respecting women and the roles that men and women play in those categories.

I Am That Girl is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-love and creates a space where women can discuss relevant issues, according to the organization’s website. During “Fleurish,” which took place at 7 p.m. in the Musco Center for the Arts and was the sorority’s fall philanthropy event, Jones encouraged women to value their identities.

“We are a generation that actually consumes our identity, and it’s wrapped up in the clothes that we wear and the things that we post on social media,” Jones said. “We don’t live in a society that values who we are, we live in a society that values what we do.”

When speaking about sexual assault and respecting women, Jones said that it is a “human movement.” She presented statistics about women and men who get sexually assaulted, how everyone needs to be more educated on the topic and how people need to contribute in order to remedy the issue.

Kate Zuccaro, a freshman business administration major, said the biggest thing she took away from the event was that respect and consent go both ways in a relationship.

“It is a two-way street, no matter whether it’s a relationship or a casual date,” Zuccaro said. “The man needs to be respected, and so does the woman. She was so vulnerable with us that I think it really hit home for people.”

Chloe Warren, a freshman business administration major, said it is not only important for men to respect women, but for them to look out for their male friends and make them aware. She said that men shouldn’t be afraid to stop something that doesn’t seem right, and should also not be wary of being vulnerable and personal with one another.

Senior Lindsey Trujillo, a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, said that Fleurish is Kappa Kappa Gamma’s new annual philanthropy event. She said that the sorority felt strongly about facilitating conversations on campus and within the community about crucial topics in society.

Trujillo said it is the sorority’s hope that students attending the event left feeling worthy, empowered and comfortable having these conversations.

The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority tabled every day in the Piazza with activities centered around themes of self-love and empowerment, Trujillo said.

On Thursday night Jones spoke to students and parents about insecurities and how society tells people to be a certain way.

“We all have (insecurities), that is the glue that holds humanity together,” Jones told the audience.

Many students felt that Jones’ presentation was impactful because she discussed difficult issues in a casual manner to which students could relate.

“She was very casual, which allowed everyone to accept her talking about her vulnerabilities and insecurities,” Warren said. “Everyone in the audience could also sit back and think about their own insecurities and how it’s affected their life.”

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