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D’Llyna Adams

D’Llyna Adams (BA '22) (she/her)

Concentration: Intersectionality, Medicine, and Imaginative Justice 

After volunteering with The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, D’Llyna was inspired to examine the intersection of medical oppression and identity, as well as ways to reimagine what medicine could be through a transformative justice framework, especially as inspired by non-western ways of knowing and healing. D’Llyna asks, what are the implications of being a systematically oppressed person attempting to access a medical system with the supposed goal of maintaining one’s health? At BMCC, D’Llyna was the recipient of the Leadership Foundation Scholarship and earned an A.A. in Psychology.

 

Zainab Floyd

Zainab Floyd (BA ’20) (she/her)

Concentration:  Afro-Caribbean Women of Post-Colonialism through Fashion and Film

Since graduating NYU Zainab Floyd is currently a Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellow at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She works closely with the curatorial and registrar departments on planning exhibitions and other projects. Zainab is the founder and artistic director of Caribbean Archive, a digital documentation of Black Caribbean women. In 2019, she and Angelica Calderon also cofounded ZAZA Uptown, an artist collective dedicated to the progress of Afro-Caribbean femmes, women, and gender nonconforming practicing artists in uptown New York.Outside of her fellowship she is working towards an in- person exhibition featuring Black Caribbean women and femmes

 

Sg Guerrero

Sg Guerrero (BA '22) (they/them)

Concentration: The Body that Represents the System

Sg’s concentration at Gallatin incorporated public policy, disability studies, and sociolinguistics. They were the co- founder and president of the Gallatin Disability Collective, where disability justice advocates met to talk about topics concerning people with disabilities and their allies.

During their time at NYU, they were also involved with the executive board of the local chapter of Amnesty International and with the League of Linguistics. Sg is a 2022 recipient of the Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence award.

 

 

 

 

 

Owen Kellaway

 Owen Kellaway (BA ’21) (he/they)

Concentration: Others-as-waste: Constructions

of Human Worthiness and "Disposability" Owen, who hails from Boston, has lived in New York City for the better part of a decade and is a devoted resident of Queens. While at Gallatin, Owen examined questions around how humans are constructed as “disposable” and how sociocultural systems index human worthiness. Particular areas of interest included: Black studies, Indigenous studies, feminist studies, queer studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, economics, biopolitics and more. Although the idea of “discardable humans” could be applied to a vast number of groups, Owen particularly considered transgender and gendernonconforming (TGNC) folks, as well as people experiencing addiction, and older adults. Owen is now in a graduate program in the Department of Religious Studies here at NYU. Owen also works at the LGBT Center as a Substance Use Prevention Counselor here in New York and also acts as a queer- and trans-identified substance use recovery coach and counselor with areas of focus in harm reduction practices and transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) community career. Owen is a 2021 recipient of a graduating Award for Interdisciplinary Excellence at Gallatin.

 

Jayshawn Lee

Jayshawn Lee (BA ’21) (he/him)

Concentration: The Political Economy of Global Equity

While studying as a GUIDE Scholar, Jayshawn immersed himself in NYU’s poetry communities. While studying there, some of his notable projects include the film “Earth, Here” with NYU’s openEARTHstudio and “Disappeared Trees,” a human rights portal on trafficked hardwood timber. As an artist-scholar, his work explores the complex relationship human rights have with human projects of progress and how art is sometimes a tool used to understand that development. He is currently a Poet at Ars Poetica, a growing global poetry company known for typewriters and swanky outfits. He also works at Echoing Green–– on their investments team–– a nonprofit that funds and supports global leaders engaging in social impact and racial equity through its annual fellowship. Additionally, he is completing his M.A. in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University.

While at Gallatin, Jayshawn received an Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence Award and served for numerous years at the host of Say It Loud!, a Showcase of the Arts and Black Activism. Since graduating, Jayshawn continues to guest-host Say It Loud!, served on a Gallatin Alumni Changemaker Panel, and is the Alumni Performer at the Gallatin Graduation for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

 

James Lu

James Lu (BA '23) (he/him)

Concentration: East-West Politics through the Traditions of Indigo Dyeing

James is a native New Yorker but is proud to have also called Shanghai and Vancouver home. Graduating from BMCC with a degree in History, he is building his concentration as an examination of the dichotomies of civilizations through the social and cultural impacts of indigo dyeing. In particular, he wishes to explore the transformative experiences that international engagement has manufactured through varying periods of human history. From his own experiences as Chinese-American, James is actively interested in bringing to light the institutional challenges and discrimination impacting Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in order to pursue justice and equity for his community. When he is not playing quidditch, James enjoys reading and practicing photography.

 

Isa Mendez

Isa Mendez (BA '22) (he/him)

Concentration: Political Ecology of The Middle East

As an Iraqi-Puerto Rican, Isa has spent his time at NYU focusing on unlearning many of the inherited biases he grew up with and pursuing a genuine understanding of the Middle East through the framework of Political Ecology. Isa built his concentration focusing on the relationship between power structures and the environment while unpacking the many narratives that represent the region, stemming from this relationship. Taking classes centered around the history, development, literature, and spirituality of the region, Isa has created a solid foundation to support his prior two years as a business student. He now has the lifelong task of adding to and applying what he has learned to create a more sustainable, equitable, and livable Middle East for all. Isa is a 2022 recipient of the Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence award.

 

Jashana Olivierre

Jahshana Olivierre (BA ’20) (she/her)

Concentration: Creating Healing & Trauma-Informed Educational Spaces

Jahshana is a community builder, youth worker, and healing justice activist born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She is committed to facilitating healing and sustaining her community through ritual, plant medicine, and liberatory education. She works to create engaging, safe learning environments that empower youth. She currently works as a garden educator, tends to two community gardens in her neighborhood, and leads the healing justice initiative "Soil & Soul", which creates spaces for youth to reconnect with their spirit & the land around them. Jahshana is currently teaching English in a high school in Somaliland.

 

Diya Qazeili Moushahwar

Diya Qazeili Moushahwar (BA '22) (they/them)

Concentration: Science, Medicine, and Empire

Diya is an educator, community organizer, and GUIDE Scholar concentrating in Science, Medicine, and Empire and minoring in Disability Studies. Their work primarily focuses on how medical apartheid functions, as well as what alternative practices of care can teach us about resistance. During the summer of 2021, Diya worked with a Palestinian human rights research center as a Global Human Rights Fellow and examined the right to health under war and occupation, and in 2022 they researched labor history in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and Unama’ki (Cape Breton) with Americas Scholars. They also interned at WorkWell NYC and with disability advocate Xian Horn, and co-founded the Gallatin Disability Collective. After graduation, Diya will study to become a Nurse Practitioner and specialize in LGBT health and harm reduction. Diya is a 2022 recipient of the Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence award.

 

Chandani Nash

Chandani Nash (BA '22) (she/her)

Concentration:  Reproductive Justice and Political Theory

Chandani Nash is a doula, reproductive justice advocate, and writer from Brooklyn, NY. During her two years at Gallatin, Chandani concentrated in Reproductive Justice and Political Theory. While at NYU, she served as a Great World Texts Mentor, sat on the editorial board of the Literacy Review, and worked as a news editor for WNYU. Outside of school, she has served as a volunteer doula and as a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps member. She currently works as a program associate with a national reproductive justice organization, where she focuses on combatting the logic of population control and eugenics. She will continue her interdisciplinary study of reproduction this fall, as a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her writing can be found in Zora Magazine, Left Voice, and Confluence. Chandani is the 2022 Gallatin School Banner Bearer as well as a Phi Beta Kappa inductee.

 

 

Shaquasha Reynolds

Shaquasha Reynolds (BA ’20) (she/her)

Concentration: Prison Reform & Dismantling Racial Bondage Beyond The Imaginary

Shaquasha Reynolds developed a Gallatin concentration focused on contemporary and historical issues of incarceration, racialization, community surveillance, and reform efforts–with notions of “reform” being understood as largely a false promise, a nod at progressivism while actually furthering mechanisms of oppression, surveillance, and punishment. Key questions include: why does a system that was designed to reduce crime, produce it? What should be the guiding principles to end mass incarceration? Is it impossible to dismantle prisons without eliminating racism? In Shaquasha’s academic and professional work, she strives to be a part of the transformational prison reform movement that seeks to dismantle the prison industrial complex and instead develop new ways of thinking and practicing justice that are centered around spaces to heal and reform. Shaquasha is very passionate about this movement as she has been affected personally by the mass- incarceration epidemic, with her own father imprisoned for numerous years. Shaquasha is also a mother, has her own event planning business she runs from home, and is an active youth leader within her church.

 

Wesley Sanders

Wesley Sanders (BA '22) (he/him)

Concentration: Representation Through Storytelling 

Wesley's focus at Gallatin was the intersection between storytelling, telling, and representation. He is curious about how certain groups of people are portrayed in stories and how that depiction affects individuals and society. While Wesley is interested in all groups of people, his focus has been primarily on African American representation. After graduating from Gallatin, he will start his career as a middle school English teacher in the Bronx, where he was born and raised and which he still calls home. In addition to a career in education, Wesley plans to publish his first novel which centers around a Black superhero. After that, he hopes to continue to write about Black experiences within the lens of young adult fiction. Wesley plans on using everything he has learned throughout his time at Gallatin to prepare him to be the best educator and writer he can be. Wesley is a 2022 recipient of the Clyde Taylor Award for Distinguished Work in African American and Africana Studies.

 

Karen Santos

Karen Santos (BA '23) (they/them)

Concentration: Feminism and Artivism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Born and raised in Cuba, Karen emigrated to Equatorial Guinea where she fell in love with West African languages and cultures. Her concentration examines women’s experiences and how they frame their imaginary and actual power in society, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked with Mixteca Organization in Brooklyn, NY, as a volunteer Spanish language teacher, leading adult literacy and intergenerational Spanish learning courses. During her time at Gallatin, Karen has been working as: Cuban American Student Association’s Community Engagement Chair; researcher at Gallatin Research Incubator; Editorial Board Member for Literacy Review # 20; and Literacy Review # 21 Main Editor. This summer, she will work in Vieques, Puerto Rico, as a 2022 Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow. She will collaborate with HASER, an NGO that focuses on food sovereignty issues. Karen loves to bike, watch foreign-language films, and try out jokes for her improbable stand-up career.

 

Remiesha Siddo

Remiesha Siddo (BA ’20) (she/her) 

Concentration: The Black Aesthetics: Identity through Fashion and Photography 

Born in the countryside of Jamaica, Remiesha was raised in a carefree, open, and vibrant atmosphere. With the homespun and rustic values instilled in her by her community, Remiesha immigrated to the concrete jungle of New York City at the tender age of 8. She is the fourth eldest of her 14 siblings. Growing up in a large family, Remiesha embarked on forging her own identity through fashion. She attended BMCC where she pursued her degree in the arts. It was at this institution where she became interested in social justice and its connections to photography, fashion, and ultimately one’s identity. In her free time, Remiesha likes to read, skate, and upcycle clothing; reinventing them into something new.

 

Cascia Thompson

Cascia Thompson (BA ’20) (she/her) 

Concentration: Reel Women: Feminism Through a Cinematic Lens 

Cascia is a Jamaican-born aspiring writer/educator, and the owner of Lead By Example Environmental, an EPA-licensed environmental inspection company in Brooklyn, New York. She applied for the GUIDE Program with an agenda: to prove to herself that she was capable of being and achieving more than her life circumstances dictated. While at Gallatin, Cascia developed a concentration “Reel Women: Feminism through a Cinematic Lens,” which explores the complex and often controversial relationship between mainstream cinema and the Black Woman. More particularly, Cascia analyzed film’s contribution to the shaping of social perceptions of black womanhood through on-screen representations, in both narrative and visual aesthetics. Questions pertained to how and where black women fit into the pervasive white narratives purported through movies, i.e., how are black women depicted in comparison to their white and other non-black counterparts? The purpose of this study is to encourage the deconstruction and reconstruction of the black woman’s image, to accurately represent their diversity, individualism, and humanity in Western film, as it is the single most influential medium there is.

 

Shaina Vallejos

Shaina Vallejos Espinoza (BA ’21) (she/her)

Concentration: Latinx Studies through Business and Film

While at Gallatin, Shaina was able to embrace all mediums of visual & performance art such as Theater, Dance, Photography, Digital Art, & Filmmaking. She created a concentration that explores American colonial epistemologies, politics of belonging and representation, and the makings of vulnerable labor and survival through a film and T.V. lens– particularly looking at those humans that are made invisible. She has looked closely at BIPOC communities and their roles in the different systems of storytelling within the media and entertainment industries. Shaina currently works on different Film and T.V. productions that range from short films to feature films for streaming networks such as Netflix and HBO Max to television shows for platforms such as Hulu and Showtime. She is also a community organizer and media manager for the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC).

Shaina is a 2021 recipient of the Interdisciplinary Award for Academic Excellence.

 

Natassia Walker

Natassia Walker (BA '23) (she/her)

Concentration: Systemic Racism and Economic Development 

Natassia Walker was born and raised in Jamaica, then migrated to the United States to further her studies. She recently graduated from BMCC with a major in Criminal Justice, and plans to continue her studies and while expanding her thinking and knowledge on social justice issues in a more interdisciplinary approach at Gallatin. Being a student advocate and mentor, she was able to listen to and give a voice to those students who felt cheated by society because of their racial background. Natassia’s concentration will delve into systemic racism from an historical perspective, as well as public policy and economics. At Gallatin, she hopes to learn more about how US justice systems have impacted and are still impacting the growth of the economy and nation, and what measures or policies can be implemented or changed to reduce and eventually rid society from the inequalities that exist.

 

Kevin Zambrano

Kevin Zambrano (BA ’20) (he/him)

Concentration: Imagination and Identity

Since graduating from Gallatin, Kevin entered the publishing industry as a coordinator in International Sales at HarperCollins where he has the opportunity to help diverse voices reach new global audiences. Prior to HarperCollins Kevin worked as an events coordinator for an independent bookstore in the DC area where he interviewed award-winning debut novelists. At Gallatin, Kevin interned with various NYC organizations, traveling nationally to meet with youth organizers and working with PEN America on their campaigns involving the intersection of literature and human rights.