meet the collective
we believe in equality, inclusion, and uplifting the voices of those who have historically been forgotten.
Citlali (Lali) Pizarro ‘20 | She/her pronouns
Lali is a junior here at Swat, pursuing a course major in Theater and an individualized major titled Race and Gender in Education and Society. She has appeared in several plays and one musical with the Swarthmore College Department of Theater. She believes in the restorative, transformative and healing power of the arts, restorative and transformative justice, and prison abolition. She is particularly passionate about recognizing the arts as valid forms of resistance, and intends to produce social/racial justice theater that is actually accessible to the communities it seeks to empower. In addition to Voices, she works as a Women’s Resource Center associate on campus. In previous years she has also worked as Diversity Peer Advisor.
Tiffany Wang ‘21 | She/her pronouns
Tiffany is a sophomore who runs on the cross country and track teams and plays the yangqin in the Chinese Music Ensemble. A proud member of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) National Board, she hopes to engage AAPIs on critical conversations about what it means to be Asian in America and how Asians interact with other communities of color, especially around activism. She interested in creating a special major in sociopolitical data science that combines political science, peace and conflict studies, and statistics to analyze various political and societal trends while studying how those trends can help or harm marginalized groups. On campus, she is also serves as a Green Advisor and member of the Swarthmore Asian Organization. You can most likely find her tweeting furiously about voting rights or telling stories about running in the 2018 Boston Marathon
Tessa Hannigan ‘20 | She/her pronouns
Tessa is a junior at Swat from Boulder, Colorado. She is intending to major in Peace and Conflict Studies and minor in Education and Environmental Studies. At Swat she works as a Green Advisor and plays on Swarthmore's Frisbee team the Warmothers. As an aspiring artist, activist and and educator, Tessa is passionate about self expression, just food production and connection to nature as valid and important forms of resistance. She intends to work to create multi-cultural, earth-aware, human rights oriented learning spaces and experiences for children and teens. Tessa is psyched and honored to work alongside and learn from this courageous collective. When not reading about non-violent resistance and environmental justice you might find Tessa walking barefoot in the Crum or playing guitar.
Diana Garcia ‘21 | She/her pronouns
Diana is a sophomore from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, who is undecided on her academic path but is considering a double major in Psychology and Art with a Spanish minor. She hopes to pursue a clinical psychology doctorate, specializing in child psychology, in order to aid communities that traditionally lack access to mental health resources. She is a member of the Swarthmore Concert Choir and the Latinx Heritage Month planning committee and was a member of La Gala planning committee last semester. She enjoys writing, reading, and binge-watching Netflix, especially when she should be doing actual work.
Ethan Yoo ’19 | He/him pronouns
Ethan comes to Swarthmore from Scotch Plains, NJ, where he volunteers with the town’s rescue squad as an EMT. He is currently pursuing a Special Major in Educational Studies and Political Science. In the coming months, he intends to apply for graduate programs in social work, as well as for employment opportunities in the mental health field; ultimately, he hopes to become a licensed clinical social worker. Alongside editing for Voices, Ethan is also part of the front-of-house and Swat Deck planning teams, manager for the Lang Music stage and technical crews, a student librarian at Underhill, and a College Access Site Director with Let’s Get Ready. Ethan also participates in Balinese Gamelan and Wind Ensemble at the College. Ethan also has a dog that lives with him at Swarthmore -- she loves visitors! He spent this past summer as an intern with the Education Advocate at Delaware County Advocacy & Resource Organization, a disability rights non-profit located in Swarthmore, PA
Joy George '20 | She/her pronouns
Born and grown in the Bronx, Joy is a Political Science and Black Studies Special Major and a Peace and Conflict Studies Minor who actively seeks to center the universal rights of the human in her activism and academic work. She has a strong desire to work towards the liberation and determination of marginalized populations and expressly does so with love. Joy is a research intern at the Black Cultural Center, as well as an RA, intern with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Development and a Front-of-House Manager. In the interest of holding intentional healing space, she grounds herself through building and working closely with the amazing Black women, femmes and non-binary souls of Aja. Joy held positions on the executive boards of both SASA and SASS and remains an active and vocal member. She loves learning about the traditional spiritual and healing practices of indigenous and African peoples, as well as watching horror movies and writing short stories and poetry.
Ellen Liu ’19 | She/her pronouns
Ellen comes from a small town in southeastern Massachusetts, but she says she’s from Boston to make it easier. She is a Psychology and Computer Science double major constantly looking for ways to combine her two academic interests to work towards change for social good. She currently serves as the president of the Women+ in Computer Science club, and is passionate about supporting the community of women and non-binary, underrepresented students in the Computer Science field and industry. In the past, Ellen also worked as a Student Academic Mentor (SAM) for three years and served twice on the executive board of the Swarthmore Asian Organization. In her free time, Ellen likes reading crazy dream theories for fun (and analytical purposes), re-watching old movies, and taking lots of photos because she has a terrible memory.
Olivia Robbins '21 | She/her/they/them pronouns
Olivia is a sophomore from NYC. She's an intended double major between Peace and Conflict Studies & a special Urban Studies major. Outside of academics, she is the creative director of VISIBILITY, is an Intercultural Center intern and is part of the Latinx Heritage Month planning committee. Olivia is the co-founder of the Swarthmore Incarceration Project, which tutors people in prison at SCI Chester. Olivia also does Youth Courts, a restorative justice program in Chester public schools. She's not sure what she wants to do after college but is passionate about prison abolition and culturally relevant pedagogy in classrooms. She also loves photography and art!
Jessica Lewis ‘19 | She/her pronouns
Jessica is a Psychology major on Pre Med track. She has a personal focus in addressing racial disparities in health care access and advocating health care for minorities and underrepresented individuals in low income/marginalized communities. She is a Richard Rubin Scholar and Swarthmore Summer Scholar (S3P) cohort of 2019. Her passions are to attend medical school and practice medicine in an inner city community while advocating for
improvement in health care of impoverished communities.
Kenny Bransdorf '19 | He/him pronouns
Kenny is a senior from Haddon Heights, NJ. He is pursuing an Honors major in English Literature and an Honors minor in Psychology. He is currently an editor for Small Craft Warnings and was previously involved with War News Radio. He hopes to someday carve out a career as a novelist. He is honored to be a part of the Voices Collective and excited to see where its efforts will take it.
Alexis Riddick '20 | She/her pronouns
Alexis is a junior completing a special major in Educational Studies and English Literature, a minor in a Spanish, and is getting certified to teach English for middle and high school students. She is especially interested in how poetry and creative writing are and can be more accessible to people who are marginalized, particularly people of color with mental health disorders. In addition to being a Voices poetry editor, she is co-president of OASIS, a Writing Associate, a Dare 2 Soar Site Coordinator, and co-head of the Culture, Identity and Appreciation Week committee for Spring 2019. She is from Philadelphia! Hit her up with any song recommendations you have, especially if you enjoy alternative R&B.
Josie Hung ’19 | She/her/they/them pronouns
Josie is a Sociology and Anthropology Major and Peace and Conflict Studies and GenSex Minor from California. She served as the co-president of SAO and SGO and was acting as one of the co-facilitators of the IC/BCC Coalition. Passionate about social justice and human rights, she hopes to use her positions to help create permanent spaces for underrepresented and marginalized voices to be heard. Last year, she created Culture and Identity Appreciation Week to bring affinity groups together and looks forward to continuing and building upon these coalitions. Can usually be found in McCabe sending emails or talking to other people (aka not doing any real school assignments).
Lelosa Aimufua ’20 | She/her pronouns
Lelosa is a Political Science and Education Studies with a special interest in Peace and Conflict Studies and Black Studies. With this knowledge, she desires to create effective policy that is geared towards valuable education experiences, specifically for low class individuals in addition to brown and black children. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she has a deep love for political activism and cultural pride. She is a Nigerian eldest daughter of three girls, and feels that her identity as a Nigerian-American women is the most salient to her life experiences. On campus, she is a member of the women’s varsity volleyball team, a DPA, and a BCC librarian. In her free time, you can find Lelosa relaxing in Mertz or the BCC with a movie, music, and possibly, a face mask.
Rebecca Castillo ’20 | She/her pronouns
Rebecca is a junior at Swarthmore with a special major in Education, Race, & Media. Her interests include social entrepreneurship and storytelling, specifically through film and photography. She also co-founded Storyboard, an organization that makes digital media education more accessible to marginalized communities with the help of the Lang Center's Project Pericles Fund. In her free time, she can be found sleeping, eating pizza with her friends, or binge-watching the Office.