Born in Brooklyn but raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Safiya transferred to Gallatin from Howard University in her sophomore year. “I was desperately searching for an opportunity that would allow me to explore different disciplines and ultimately create may own tailor-made education,” she says. “Gallatin was that place.”
Safiya studies Race and Performance in the Media. “My Lyrics on Lockdown class was by far the best experience I’ve had at Gallatin,” she says. “It had everything a class should have: two very intelligent and passionate professors, a tight-knit class and most importantly, real-world application.” Community-learning courses, she adds, are one of the highlights of Gallatin.
Safiya was an editor of the Literacy Review, published by Gallatin’s Writing Program, where she had bridged the gap between her passion for social justice and her passion for writing and the arts. “All of my peers are so passionate about what they’re studying and have such a clear vision," says Safiya. "In my Gallatin classes, I’ve never been lectured at, only engaged.”