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Image of Tanyah Barnes This blog will contain the random musings of my mind or simply my reactions to the world around me.  I love to share food for thought or stir up a good debate.  I am interested in a variety of topics that mainly center around feminism/femininity, diversity, technology, social justice, equality, faith, higher education, and student affairs.  I hope you enjoy and come back often!

Who is Tanyah Barnes?

I am a native Floridian, some would say a Southern Gal,  living in the Northeast- for now!  I am a creative being that loves to read, sometimes write, but always watch and listen!  I am often described as a woman, sister, daughter, BBW, mentor, friend, advisor, advocate, techie, DIYer, dreamer, event planner, go-getter, graphic designer, web-designer, plus-sized princess and Student Affairs Professional.  My heart cries out for peace, love, and service of others.  If you ask me- I  am a dynamic, passionate and complicated piece of music that leaves your ears and soul wanting more!

I am an alum of the University of Florida (Go Gators) and the University of South Florida (Go Bulls).  I am an active member of the Apalachin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I currently work (day job) at Binghamton University (Go Bearcats) as Diversity Fellow in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As a professional I have also worked in Residential Life, Graduate School recruitment, Civic Engagement, Communications & Marketing, Educational Opportunity Program,  Fraternity & Sorority Life,  Interpersonal Violence Prevention, and Parent and Family Programs.  I have worked as a student affairs professional for about seven years and have loved every moment of it.  My passions are diversity programming, advising, distance learning, leadership & development, student activities, student affairs and technology (marketing/tech/branding), and transition programs.

I also work as a graphic designer for Noelle Ivey Designs and consult with CeCe Olisa as Admin for #PSPfit, a healthy lifestyle challenge for plus-sized women.  Contact me at fitness@thebiggirlblog.com or visit pspfit.com for more information.

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One comment on “About
  1. Kay Elle says:

    Great picture of you, Tanyah!

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Today is election day🗳️ and I highly encourage everyone to go out and vote for my Sis Korin Kirk for Binghamton City School Board. She is a hard working and compassionate advocate for our students and their families. Polls are open today 11am-8pm, every vote counts!! • • • #Repost @leawebb1014
Congratulations to all of the graduates of the Class of 2019, with special recognition to my NUFPs, graduate assistants, graduate interns, mentees, cultural community leaders and Culture Squad Alumni. Though I didn’t make it to every ceremony, I am so very proud of each of you. This time of year is always so very bittersweet; i’m happy to see you achieve your goals but also so very sad to see you leave. Until we meet again... 🤗🥰😘. #WeAreBinghamton #SquadUp #ForTheCulture #Bearcats4Life
Today’s history lesson courtesy of @mspackyetti and @politico... IT WAS NEVER ABOUT MORTALITY! #Repost @mspackyetti: this White House and conservative state governments across the country have been playing the long game: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Quietly change the courts at every level, including the Supreme Court, to secure conservative majorities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Pursue state bans on abortion through multiple strategies. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Use the momentum and precedent to challenge Roe v. Wade altogether. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ THIS IS NOT ABOUT MORALITY. IT IS ABOUT POWER. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check it: the “religious right” essentially chose abortion as the fight because it could be used as a unifying political issue between Catholics and Protestants. White evangelicals had lost trying to defend segregation, and needed a new bandwagon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They were NOT up in arms when Roe became law. It was SIX years later when they decided to “care,” which only meant to make a power play. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even if you don’t care about that, know this: abortion bans DO NOT end abortions. They simply make them extremely dangerous and lethal for the women who have to go to back allies to have them. One in Four American women will have an abortion. Do you want her to be safe, or nah? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If that STILL doesn’t matter to you, how about this: Women are PEOPLE. We deserve control over our bodies, just like you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Swipe and visit the links in my stories/ morning news highlights to get the real history of the politics of abortion in America and find out what YOU CAN DO to fight this back. Info on last two slides is from an article by Mia Brett. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Outrage is meaningless if it doesn’t lead to action. ❤️✊🏾
I’m this old.... The good ol’ days! 😂🤣#80sbaby
Happy Mother’s Day to the mommies, all of you! Missing my grandmothers a little more today, but know they are with me daily.
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We got work to do but I still believe that we will #BringItHome for FL! .... #BMC2019 begins in ONE MONTH! Today, we are excited to announce our Black Millennial Gala Keynote Speaker: @AndrewGillum. • • Gillum is Chair of Forward Florida and a lifelong public servant. He is the former Mayor of Tallahassee and the 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee. • • Don’t miss his dynamic words of wisdom #forthepeople! Click the link in @bmcmovement bio to REGISTER TODAY!
Happy Resurrection Sunday! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son ....” -John 3:16. #HappyEaster #HappyResurrectionDay
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Michael Anderson, Sr. Congratulations cousin, @m.d86!!
A little sightseeing and family time at @worldofcocacola. Thanks for the tickets @afrikam33!!
Such a proud Advisor. • • • #Repost @lta_epsilonomicron. The Epsilon Omicron Chapter de ΛΘΑ would like to thank the Fraternity and Sorority Office for the amazing Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony hosted yesterday. We are very proud of our chapter for having met 7 Gold and 3 Silver achievements on the Standards of Excellence Award, and for being awarded with the MGFC Highest Grade Point Average for Spring 2018! Shoutout to our undergraduate sister Geraldin Diaz (FA 16, #3) on receiving the MGFC Outstanding Chapter President for 2018 along with our Chapter Advisor Tanyah Barnes for receiving MGFC Outstanding Chapter Advisor. 🥰❤️🎊🥳#AcademicExcellence #LTALegacy #ChapterGoals #UGof3didthat #Thatsourchapteradvisor #thatsourchapter
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” —#RosalynnCarter. • It’s always a joy catching up with alumni and spending time with the protégés during @jump_nation’s JUMP Weekend. But running into @mr_vico_ and his students, while also rocking my @hollateamusa gear today, gave me so much joy. • Vic, you have been a great leader in the making since entering Binghamton during BEP and as a PC, and you are greater still. Watching you now on the other side excelling as a mentor, chaperone, teacher, coach was such an honor. Keep on making us proud! #Bearcats4Life #WeAreBinghamton #ForTheCulture
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