Southern University suiting up students for success with clothes closet


Inside of a small classroom on Southern University’s campus, there’s a big initiative behind the door.

“Enhance the professional mentality of the undergrad students.”

A group of students are partnering with the university’s career services, providing free clothes to the campus.

“So I think the real goal is something that is internal, right. It’s like when you look good, you feel good. I think giving students the ability, like the title of our event to suit up for success is such a critical point” said Myra Richardson, Southern University Senior Political Science major.

The idea started as a way to give back to a few students.

“Students that don’t really have the resources and the clothing to begin with” said Daniel Newbold, Southern University Senior Mechanical Engineer major.

Now, it’s growing — looking to reach as many students as possible. Senior, Darrell Moses said, the clothes closest not only provide attire, but confidence and if seen by the right eyes, possibly a job.

“It’s any given day that a recruiter from a fortune five hundred company will come to your campus. So, you just can’t be caught off guard” said Moses.

“Although the suits will dress about 100 students, there’s still a need for more. These people plan to dress about 300 students total.”

“We are always going to be accepting donations because this is an ongoing program and this is something we want our students to have access to.”

As coats are hung up, pants are folded and students work to organize the room. They say, the items of clothes will be used to give someone in need — a chance to suit up for success.

“I think so many times people don’t have opportunity to access. So, there’s a student somewhere in need who might not have a suit. It’s going to give them the opportunity to say, oh I may have never had this opportunity but today I can leave knowing I have a suit that fits me, that makes me feel good, that is going to secure me the job of my dreams.”


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