Natural Hair Club at Columbus Alternative High School

A Peacemaking Project by Brittany S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

We have started a club that promotes awareness of culture and inclusion. Our organization has become a safe haven for females of color to express their individuality and natural beauty. As an organization, we make our scholastic environment a more diverse place by providing resources and education for marginalized communities as well as an appreciation of their heritage.

Our Updates:

First Meeting!

Brittany S. 6 November 2017 13:31 We had our first meeting with our organization last Monday where we brainstormed next moves and expectations. We had a great time :)

Comments:

Fish S.
13 November 2017 10:01

Hey Brittany! Sounds like an awesome project! How can we support you?

Sravya K.
1 January 2018 11:08

What a great idea! Thank you for starting this.

Fatima C.
11 January 2018 0:05

Sounds like an amazing idea! It would be really interesting if you could incorporate some sort of awareness aspect for others to understand what factors influence the personalities and beauty decisions of women of color. As a woman of color, I'm able to understand the significance for cultures similar to my own, but it would be very interesting to learn on a broad scale about other cultures through this lens.

Fish S.
12 January 2018 9:41

Love this idea!

Quinn M.
13 January 2018 16:50

Awesome! That is great idea.

Esperanza L.
17 January 2018 17:02

Interesting project! I would add that an awareness/educational component about how our natural hair is what we are born with (genetics), not necessarily personal choice - whether someone has hair, no hair, oily vs dry, straight vs curly, thin vs full etc.

David G.
19 January 2018 13:25

Hey Brittany, I also started an inclusivity and diversity club at my school, here is what I recommend:
Go on social media make an account and follow literally everyone at your school/community until Instagram says you've followed too many people (then follow more people the next day lol). Then get girls to commit to take portraits and post their hair's natural beauty in a litlle social media campaign. Use hashtags like #naturalbeauty #blackisbeautiful etc.
I would also recommend you do some research and create a little 30-45 minute training on the history of hair with a focus on contributions made by people of color. Then schedule three or so trainings during lunch or after school and advertise using announcements, social media, and posters. Be sure to bring snacks and food to the training, high schoolers are very food-motivated, believe me as soon as you advertise food, the participation doubles. Then teach people on the beauty of natural beauty and you've created a micromovement in your school:)

Fish S.
22 January 2018 12:39

Yes! Love this feedback

Shahrzad R.
25 January 2018 17:41

This is so interesting! We love this idea. It is very important to create a hospitable environment for minorities. <3

Allyssa C.
31 January 2018 13:06

Brittany this seems like an amazing idea! I am very impressed by the level of feedback this project has received on here showing what other groups have done. My advice that differs from the other posts would be to create a video! It could focus on the history of natural beauty or showcase your beautiful members and how embracing their natural beauty has impacted them!

Mikayla A.
7 February 2018 8:08

Wow that is amazing! Where did you come up with that idea becuase it is so good.

Bhavana P.
24 March 2018 9:55

Sounds like a cool, unique, and interesting idea! I can't wait to see what you do with it!