Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES)

Igniting community wellness and resilience through collaboration, compassion, and love.

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Inner beauty is great, but a little lipstick never hurts!

Are you ready for some extra fun this summer during the Essence Festival? Then get ready for a night of comedy hosted by Sherri Shepherd and featuring Kym Whitley, David Arnold and more of the most hysterical comedians in the business. Tickets can be purchased here and make sure to use the code “IWES” for some of the proceeds to benefit IWES, AND for the first 100 of you out there, you'll get a free T-shirt!

Lipstick N Laughter is coming to the Joy Theater on July 5th and we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to the show! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out how you can win! A winner will be chosen next Friday, June 29, so keep up with us to see if you won!

Can't wait to laugh with you on July 5th!


did we mention there's a t-shirt?

Looking for that perfect outfit for the cookout this holiday? We’ve got you covered because Lipstick ‘N Laughter has designed a perfect shirt to wear from day to night! On top of that, there’s a 10% discount when you use the code “IWES” at checkout. Follow this link to get your shirt before they sell out!

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Ever thought about what motivates someone to get tested for HIV, or start using condoms? Our HIV Testing & Prevention program collects anonymous stories from real people about what motivates them to make a change. Check them out in our Role Model Stories section by following the link below.


2017 DAY Of Racial healing

We truly have work to do.

The National Day of Racial Healing is an effort put forward by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance racial healing in communities across the county to create environments where all children can thrive. The Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies created this short piece in solidarity with the day to promote the healing of wounds created by racial, ethnic, and religious bias in New Orleans. Check out this video for our audiovisual interpretation of racial healing, and click on the button below to see more IWES videos displaying our work, our philosophy and our community.


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