Course: Underground Alien Outsider Queer: Black Culture at the Margins
A native New Yorker, D’Llyna Adams is currently a sophomore at BMCC majoring in Psychology. Her academic interests extend beyond psychology into philosophy, specifically epistemology, the French language, and biology. Her academic goal is to deepen her knowledge of socially marginalized populations and complete medical school requirements. D’Llyna’s belief in giving back was the ultimate catalyst for her return to higher education after a career as a pastry chef. Due to her volunteer work at The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, D’Llyna realized that she wanted to contribute to the mental health profession. During her time as a student at BMCC, D’Llyna has sought to challenge herself academically by enrolling in an honors course and studying at Vassar during the summer. D’Llyna is the recipient of the BMCC Leadership Foundation Scholarship and a scholar of Vassar’s Exploring Transfer Program. Her plan is to transfer to a four-year college and eventually medical school.
Course: Consumerism in Comparative Perspective
Dara is a Brooklyn native with a passion for language, literature, and social reform. A proud Haitian-American, the Haitian Revolution is a major influence on her studies and she remains inspired by global grassroots movements today. Her social justice experience ranges from radical-feminist discussion groups to currently planning a nonprofit centered on sustainability in rural Haiti with her mother. As a French major at BMCC, Dara is interested in the anti-imperialist literature of the Francophone diaspora, and hopes to further study the intersection between language and social reform. In her spare time, Dara enjoys literary readings, dogs, conversing with James Baldwin, and 80s punk-rock.
Course: Imagining Justice
Owen has concluded again and again that interdisciplinary learning is the only fulfilling path for him at the Bachelor’s level. Currently a Gerontology student at BMCC, he is driven to explore aging and its associated oppression--Ageism--through an intersectional lens and as layered with racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and transphobia, etc. Owen seeks to shed light on how ageism affects identity, stability, safety, intimacy, purpose, actualization, and existential meaning. Beyond aging, Owen is deeply interested in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement), as well as radical social work.
Course: Aesthetic Justice
Jayshawn is a sometimes politician, sometimes philosopher who isn’t afraid to embody either as long as he is able to be a poet simultaneously. Through his combined interests in poetry, politics, and philosophy, Jayshawn seeks to make sense of the contemporary moment and further the cause of progressive politics. He is not afraid to pose questions, even about his own beliefs, in order to better understand all sides of a particular issue. Jayshawn continues to work towards these goals and is regularly involved in social activism as art performance at community events, organizations, and various workshops.
Course: Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality
Shaina Vallejos is a rising sophomore currently seeking an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Aside from business, her academic interests include Latino studies, immigration, and art in the context of social consciousness. Shaina is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and intellectually engaging program that will allow her to further shape her own education. It is important for Shaina to be an advocate for social justice and incorporate that into her academic goals by filling her college education with the types of courses that pique her interests.