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larae gilliard

LaRae Gilliard

Virginia Union University

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Hometown: New Haven, CT
Year in School: Senior
Major/Minor: Religious Studies
Expected Graduation: 2017
Extracurricular Activities: Residence Life and Housing - Resident Assistant: August 2015 -May 2016 Residence Life and Housing - MacVicar Hall Step Team Captain: September -October 2015 Communities In Schools - John Marshall High School Cheerleading Coach Assistant: September 2015-May 2016 Young Life - Mentor: March 2015-June 2016 Virginia Union University Athletics - Rah Rah (Cheerleader): May 2014-August 2015 Residence Life and Housing - Newman Hall Step Team Member: September-October 2013 Women of Elegance Empowerment Ministry - On and off campus empowerment group for ladies: Spring 2013-Fall 2014 Residence Hall Association - Miss Newman Hall October 2013-May 2014 Virginia Union University's Choir - University Choir Member (Alto): August 2013-January 2014
Leisure Activities: Beauty From Ashes Ministries International Inc. (Sunday Service & Bible Study; Sound Tech.) Event Planning, DJ'ing, and Playwriting
Career Goals: I have always dreamed of having my own non profit organization and now I am doing all that I can to start it. The many connections I have made through my major, on campus, and community involvements have been a great deal of help with my dream coming true. This dream is not just about me but more importantly leading souls, and young hearts to Jesus the Christ. This is my goal, and to accomplish this goal I will be having my first Women's Empowerment Luncheon on December 28th, 2016 in my hometown New Haven, CT. This will allow me to engage other women with similar faith as well as students who are still undecided about their futures to the vision of uplifting our community one student at a time.
What is your most memorable contribution as a Campus Queen?: I tend to get stuck on questions like this because being the first Miss Virginia Union University to address the entire student body, staff, and faculty, in our University's Chapel service will be something I never forget, it was a dream come true. But I would have to say my Bricks Broken program overpowered that memory because of it's impact on my peers. Watching everyone smile, laugh, and some even cry as they participated in this symbolic event to vow to themselves with their classmates as their accountability partners that they would no longer be held bound by anything really bought a joy to my heart like never before. People who didn't know each other left friends, people who don't normally participate in on campus activities came out and blossomed, it was amazing. That will always be my most memorable contribution as queen because it wasn't only for me but to help set free my peers as well.