Nyelah came to Gallatin from Connecticut because she wanted to be at a college where having a different approach was not only encouraged but was built into the program. For her concentration on American Domesticity, she is focusing on Black womanhood and childhood, domestication, nation building, and how the spaces we inhabit preserve these realities. The courses “Domesticating the Wild in Children’s Literature,” taught by Myisha Priest; “Writing for Children: Magic, Memoir, and Mystery,” taught by Lizzie Skurnick; and The First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar “Picture Theories,” taught by Chinnie Ding were integral to the development of her concentration. She also took an introductory ceramics course with Kathy Butterly which led her to pursue a sculpture-based Studio Art minor. Nyelah works in The Gallatin Galleries and is an Albert Gallatin Scholar.
She has interned for the NY Baroque Dance Co. as a part of Gallatin’s embedded internships program. Thanks to funding from Dean’s Award for Summer Research, Nyelah traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, to work with local culture keepers and archivists. While there, she shot a documentary she will screen at the Fall 2017 Dean’s Award for Summer Research Conference. Her post-Gallatin plans may include pursuing an MFA in Film and Television.