MA Candidate - Black Feminist Critical Media Studies, Visual Arts and Culture
Lizette hails from New York and is a Black feminist scholar artivist—an artist and activist. She earned her BA in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College, where she co-produced her first documentary short, Rooted, a chronicle of a community’s response to gentrification in Atlanta’s historic Westside district. Rooted was an official student selection of the 2017 Bronze Lens Film Festival. At Gallatin, Lizette is devleoping the concentration Black Feminist Critical Media Studies and Visual Arts and Culture and will produce a theory-and-practice artistic thesis, “From Our Mothers’s Garden: A Framework for Exploring Black Women's Artistic Looking Practices.” Her research explores the critical significance and visual narrative tradition(s) of the Black female gaze. Outside of Gallatin, Lizette works as a Graduate Film Teaching Assistant at NYU and as a high school Film Club Leader in Brooklyn. She was selected to be a 2020 cohort member of NYU's Production Lab Screenwriting Development Studio, where she will have the opportunity to hone her skills and passions as a screenwriter, filmmaker, and photographer.