meet the collective
we believe in equality, inclusion, and uplifting the voices of those who have historically been forgotten.
Lindsey Norward '18 | She/her pronouns
Lindsey is an English Literature and Black Studies individualized major (English Literature and Counternarrative Theory) from outside of Philadelphia. She was an AALCI Fellow in 2017, is an editor for Small Craft Warnings, and currently works for ThreadMakesBlanket Press, a publishing press dedicated to writing by marginalized people. Concentrating her work on race relations as it pertains to literary criticism, she is passionate in regards to issues of allyship and intersectional feminism on campus. She is a current SASS member. In her spare time around campus you can catch her sunbathing on Parrish Beach or catching up on stories in The Atlantic and NPR.
Citlali (Lali) Pizarro | She/her pronouns
Lali is a sophomore here at Swat. Her passion is theater. She has been acting since the age of 5. 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. She is planning to pursue a special major combining Black Studies, Educational Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies, in addition to a course major in Theater. She also works as a Diversity Peer Advisor and is part of the Latinx Heritage Month planning committee. In her free time she loves to listen to music, watch Netflix, and hang out in the WRC
Tiffany Wang ‘21 she/her pronouns
Tiffany, a lover of books, podcasts, and Anastasia the Musical, is a first year student from Clarksville, Maryland. Last year she took a gap year and worked in Senator Chris Van Hollen’s office, where she developed a passion for voting rights and Asian American representation in government. She plans on double majoring in History and Peace and Conflict Studies. She also is a SAO Board Intern and a proud member of the cross country and track teams.
Tessa Hannigan | She/her pronouns
Tessa is a sophomore 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.
Ethan Yoo '19 | He/him pronouns
Ethan is pursuing a Special Major in Educational Studies and Political Science. He intends to attend graduate school for public health with hopes of working in mental health advocacy and community health management. Alongside editing for Voices, Ethan is also part of the front-of-house and SwatDeck planning teams, manager for Lang Music stage and technical crews, a student librarian at Underhill, SwatTeam staff member, and overnight admissions host. He also participates in Balinese Gamelan at the College and an after-school program at Chester Charter School for the Arts; Roosevelt @ Swarthmore; and Wind Ensemble. When at home in New Jersey, he volunteers with his town's rescue squad as an EMT. Ethan also has a dog that lives with him at Swarthmore - she loves visitors!
AynNichelle Slappy '20 | She/her pronouns
AynNichelle is a sophomore from Detroit, MI. She plans on pursuing a Special Major in Black Womanhood, with a focus in History. AynNichelle is the President of the Swarthmore African-American Student Society, a Multicultural Recruitment Intern for Admissions, and an Associate at the Women’s Resource Center. She hopes to pursue a career in academia, amplifying marginalized histories. AynNichelle is passionate about mentorship, and her sole purpose is to empower young black girls to take their liberation into their own hands. Her favorite activity is sitting on Parrish Beach, the BCC, or the WRC with a giant bluetooth speaker.
Julia Wakeford '18 | She/her pronouns
Julia is a Political Science major and an Art History minor with a personal focus in Indigenous studies. She hopes to go into either Tribal Consulting and/or Indian Law to support native tribes and indigenous groups with their sovereignty rights. She is president of the Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association and works in admissions as a Multicultural Recruitment Intern. She is passionate about uplifting indigenous voices from the often-occupied shadows of America and in doing so also uplifting the voices of other marginalized communities. She spends all of the free time she can with at home in Oklahoma attending ceremonials, powwows, and community events. While at Swarthmore you can find her in any sunny location she can find on campus or napping in the SISA space.
Taylor Morgan '19 | She/they pronouns
As a healer-in-training, aspiring chef, dog enthusiast, and class clown, Taylor is originally from Brick, NJ. Taylor is an Honors Major in Sociology/Anthropology, Honors Minor in Black Studies, and Course Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Taylor's academic research surrounds white identity formation, functions of performative allyship, racial dominance, radical Black thought, and Afrocentric approaches to community dialogue and free speech. Taylor is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, current President of the Swarthmore College Democrats, Co-Host of BLACKQUEERHERE Radio, and Student Academic Mentor (SAM).
Jessica Lewis | 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.
Brandon "Frames" Ekweonu '20 | He/him pronouns
Frames is an intended Black Studies special major from Queens, NY. As an artist, his primary vehicle is writing raps, though he is a firm believer in that one should practice self expression through every medium they can access. He believes that experimenting with different mediums and finding those that suit you is essential to figuring out your voice. He is currently serving as SASA's President, one of the co-facilitators of the IC/BCC Coalition, and is also working as a Programming Intern at the BCC. He loves connecting with new people. Reach out and say wassup!
Kenny Bransdorf '19 | He/him pronouns
Kenny is a junior 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.
Lesia Liao '18 | She/her pronouns
Lesia is a computer science and neuroscience major. She co-chaired Asian Heritage Month and works toward Pan-Asianness inclusivity while organizing events and creating spaces for conversations surrounding Asian pluralism and solidarity. She is passionate about exploring how we can apply technology to develop solutions for social good and address issues of inequality, diversity, and accessibility. She enjoys puns, food, and puns about food.
Josie Hung ’19 | She/they pronouns
Josie is a Sociology and Anthropology Major and Peace and Conflict Studies and GenSex Minor from California. She is currently the co-president of SAO and SGO and will be 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).
Min Cheng '18 | She/her pronouns
Min is a senior in Economics and Sociology/Anthropology & Educational Studies from Timonium, MD. She plans to obtain a Ph.D in Educational Policy and to work to improve progressive, equitable education in the future. She takes herself too seriously much of the time, but does on occasion let loose in Mixed Company among various other comedic and theatrical pursuits.
Jasmine Rashid '18 | She/her pronouns
Jasmine is an aspiring human rights advocate from New York. She is the founder of VISIBILITY magazine, the Editor of the Campus Journal, and a leader in Women of Color Kick Ass. Her work particularly focuses on uplifting marginalized voices and advising community members on how to make use of Swarthmore's resources. She serves as the Arts, Media & Culture Associate for the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, as well as head intern at the Intercultural Center.
Lelosa Aimufua ’20 (she/her pronouns)
Lelosa is a future 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.