I spent my undergraduate time here at BYU, and now will spend two more years as a graduate student. I am saddened by the decision to dissolve the Women's Research Institute, but feel like it is up to us to continue the types of conversations and involvement that took place because of the WRI. As women, we communicate through collaboration and interaction with one another. I have relied on the WRI as a tangible place for conversation, sisterhood and deliberate and productive grappling with real women's issues. Although I believe that the University has our best interest in mind and have gone to great lengths to make this decision, I am disheartened to find that as women, we have temporarily lost a tangible place and setting in which we can meet together. I am not a women's studies minor, and as a graduate student do not have the time or means to apply to research grants in women's studies research and projects and so I think we need to make special efforts to make sure that these issues and conversations are still brought to the forefront of conversations in all disciplines and situations. I have been greatly blessed, educated, and introduced to many influential friends, women and professors through the WRI. As a woman in the LDS church, I have felt liberated and supported because of institutions like the WRI. I think that it is so important to make special efforts to continue conversations and find ways to work together and to continue a place like the WRI where people who aren't doing individual research can still take part in the conversation.