The Building Ourselves Through Sisterhood and Service is a student run peer mentorship organization dedicated to aiding in the transition to college for self-identified women of color at Cornell, fostering healthy and genuine relationships between upperclassmen and underclassmen women of color, promoting positive social interactions within the community of color and the wider community of women on Cornell’s campus, encouraging high academic and personal standards, providing access to helpful campus resources, and inspiring community involvement and commitment to service.
Providing support for first year Cornellians during the transition to college.
Preparing undergraduate women of all years to prepare each other for future mentorship and leadership roles at Cornell University and beyond.
Inspiring a caring and supportive environment among women of color on the Cornell campus
Facilitating and promoting overall self-care and self-compassion for members through on- campus resource education, and marquis events such as the Annual Mental Health Summit.
Promoting academic excellence, engagement in community service, and positive social interactions among undergraduate women of color.
WHAT WE DO
Raven Schwam-Curtis '20
Asian Studies and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
I’m a senior in The College of Arts & Sciences double majoring in Asian Studies and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. I’m a southern girl from Houston, Texas and I self-identify as African American and ethnically Jewish. Some of my favorite pastimes include watching Netflix (The Office, Parks and Rec, and New Girl), playing my guitar, writing songs, and working out. Being a part of the B.O.S.S. executive board has been crucial for my development as a young womxn of color. I joined this executive board during my freshman year at Cornell. During my time on the board I have served as co-event coordinator, treasurer, and now proudly as co-president. I love B.O.S.S. and I wholeheartedly believe in the work we are doing to support and celebrate womxn of color. We truly are building kinship networks of sisterhood and love that make us all feel at home even when we’re far away.
Bunmi Osias '21
Global and Public Health
I’m a junior in CALS studying Global and Public Health Sciences. I’m the co event coordinator for B.O.S.S. and I love B.O.S.S. because I found a community within Cornell that supports me. When I’m not in class you’re likely to find me watching a cooking show on Netflix, reading a book or drawing.
Karly Mondaizie '20
Mental Health Summit Chair
I am originally from Macon, Georgia and I am currently in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and building my beauty business! I sit as Mental Health Summit Committe Chair for 2020. To me, B.O.S.S represents sisterhood, unity, leadership, and highlights the power in mentorship!
Gloria Oladipo '21
Computer Science & Government
I am a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences and currently the treasurer of Building Ourselves through Sisterhood and Service, B.O.S.S. My role as treasurer puts me in charge of all of B.O.S.S.'s funding concerns including applying to grants and managing B.O.S.S.' s crowdfunding account for their annual Mental Health Summit. In my free time, I enjoy making vegan and vegetarian recipes, crocheting, reading, and catching up on my favorite shows.
Yochabed Miliard '21
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I am a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in animal physiology and a minor in biomedical engineering. I'm very passionate about scientific research and hope to pursue an MD/PhD joint degree. BOSS has helped me gain a community of womxn of color that want support and encourage one another. I'm absolutely fond of my mentor and my current mentees. I enjoy reading books and watching anime during my free time.
Co-Community Outreach Chair
Information Science and Sociology
I'm a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Information Science and Sociology. On campus, I am an RA in the Multicultural Living Learning Unit. I enjoy watching tv, reading books, and doing make-up. I love BOSS because it gave me such a great and supportive community of womxn of color on campus and an incredible mentor.
Kayla Scott '22
Co-Community Outreach Chair
Policy Analysis and Management
Long Island, New York
I'm a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology studying Policy Analysis and Management with concentrations in Health Policy and Law. I’m the Co-Community Outreach Chair for BOSS. BOSS was the first executive board I joined on Cornell’s campus and I’m so happy it was with this organization. BOSS connects me to other woman of color on campus that I would never have the chance to meet, while we help the greater Ithaca community. For fun I like to read, write, draw, binge-watch Netflix and hang out with my BOSSy eboard!
Ezinwa (Ezi) Osuoha '22
Biology & Society
I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Biology and Society with a minor in Inequality Studies. On campus, I am an RA in High Rise 5 as well as an Engaged Ambassador for Engaged Cornell. In addition to serving on the B.O.S.S. e-board, I volunteer as an intern for the Cancer Resource Center in Ithaca. My freshman year, I joined B.O.S.S. because of their visible commitment to service as a way to foster relationships between older and younger womxn of color on this campus. B.O.S.S. has not only gifted me with incredible mentors, but it has allowed me a space to grow and learn from several inspiring womxn in my community.
Taren Daniels '23
Global and Public Health Sciences
Lexington, South Carolina
I am majoring in statistical science and economics. When I am not working with B.O.S.S., I am working at the Africana Library volunteering with various organizations such as the 4-H Urban Outreach Program, building my knowledge and technical skills for my future career in actuarial science with the Cornell Actuary Society as an active actuary, and singing in the Less than Three Acapella Group and Baraka Kwa Wimbo, all-female gospel acapella group. I enjoy working with B.O.S.S. because it allows me to be a part of the process that goes into creating successful events that have positive impacts on the Ithaca community while building lasting relationships with inspirational people throughout the community.
Yomaris Valerio '23
Bronx, New York
My name is Yomaris Valerio and I am from the Bronx, New York. I am in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am intending to major in Sociology and minor in Human Development and Africana Studies. I am currently upholding the responsibilities of being Co-Secretary in B.O.S.S, but I was originally the Freshman Representative. Some of my favorite hobbies include having self-care nights, going out with friends when possible, cooking Dominican food, and listening to music. B.O.S.S is an organization that truly means a lot to me and represents the things that I value. To me, B.O.S.S is a representation of what black women and women of color leadership and sisterhood is all about: supporting and uplifting one another through the fostering of meaningful relationships.
Skyla Carmon '22
Human Development & Creative Writing
Hey, y'all! I am a sophomore studying Human Development and Creative writing at the College of Human Ecology and the College of Arts and Sciences. Alongside B.O.S.S., I am involved in many other organizations and activities at Cornell including EARS, Cornell Traditions, Residential Advisory, blog writing, etc. I am passionate about mental health and community service and plan to earn my PsyD after undergrad. B.O.S.S. has been a positive contribution to my experience at Cornell through its commitment to the wellbeing of self-identified womxn of color and I am excited to continue working and growing with this beautiful community.
Meet Our Board
Amber Haywood '21
I am a junior at Cornell University in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Psychology. I'm a proud Posse Scholar from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I currently serves as the chair of the 2018 Mental Health Summit. On campus, I am also involved in the Black Bio-Medical Technical Association and in the Pre-Professional Program. My favorite pastimes include watching cooking shows, HGTV and Netflix shows. B.O.S.S. has made her brief time at Cornell memorable and worthwhile so I can’t wait to see how the organization will continue to grow in the future! 💜
Get in touch with B.O.S.S. to learn more about our work and find out how to become a part of the organization.