Election Day at Bryn Mawr

I voted for the first time during my sophomore year at Bryn Mawr. I was 19 years old and it was the Presidential Election. I went to the Presbyterian church with my friends and we got our “I voted” stickers and were so excited! I remember feeling equally scared, as it was a highly emotional time in the U.S.

Today was my second experience voting. At the same Presbyterian church. This time for the midterm elections. LILAC provided free shuttle rides from Pem arch to the polls all day. They also handed out information and lollipops to students and tried to make this process as easy and accessible for us as possible.

A sign at the arches, created by the LILAC staff

Political signs by our Athena statue

Political signs by our Athena statue

All of my professors found a way to encourage students to vote during classes these past few weeks. One of my profs even said that if we had to leave class early to go vote, that’d be fine with her. I’ve always loved how political and socially conscious this campus can be. From voting to our president sending letters about current political issues, to students organizing important conversations and protesting, Bryn Mawr tries to be aware of the things going on outside of our campus.

In one of my classes, we took some time to learn about immigrant regulations and how commenting on these regulations can delay the process of finalizing these proposed regulations. I had never learned about that and honestly knew very little about the regulations being proposed, but by the end of class, I submitted a comment on the overturning of the Flores settlement agreement. There are two more proposals that are still accepting comments and I thought I’d include the paper we received on that in case anyone reading this blog would like some info on that.

Bryn Mawr & Beyond (Pt.2)

Today I attended my second (and last!) Bryn Mawr & Beyond poster presentation. This is an event held every fall in the Old Library in celebration of the internships that Bryn Mawr students engaged in during the prior summer. The event always takes place during Parents’ Weekend and is full of students who’ve already received LILAC summer funding, students who might be interested in doing so in the future, faculty and staff, parents, visitors, etc. It’s a really relaxed setting that allows conversation about what Bryn Mawr students are doing outside of campus. Plus there’s free snacks and t-shirts!

Me and Ariana Serret (c/o 2020)

This past summer, LILAC funded my internship at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Research Unit. The center conducts a variety of research on health disparities and offers interventions that seek to narrow the health gaps that exist among people of different ethnicities, races, socio-economic classes, etc. I was able to work on two really interesting projects throughout my time there. One offered exercise classes and community health worker sessions to elderly folks in greater Boston, in hopes of improving their overall mental and physical wellbeing. Another sought to improve treatment adherence among HIV positive Latinx immigrants by creating a telenovela that showed them positive representations of their experiences, as well as community health worker sessions. Both projects were centered on health justice and sought to make the kind of changes that I am particularly passionate about.

The event was divided into different sections based on fields. This was my field (health & medicine), right by our Athena statue.

Many cool internship opportunities like this exist but cannot offer great pay for undergrad students interested in filling those positions. Schools like Bryn Mawr, however, acknowledge that and offer students an opportunity to fulfill those roles without having to worry about the pay.

This is my second time receiving LILAC funding for a summer internship and I always advocate for them and try to encourage more students to apply. MGH is even letting me use data from their research for my thesis project this year and has been immensely helpful in planning for post-grad. Were it not for LILAC funding, I wouldn’t have been able to have that.

As I go through the last-leg of my college years, I am trying to be reflective of all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been able to have because of Bryn Mawr. And I think of all the experiences that underclassmen and future Mawrters will have too. One of the things I’ve always been grateful to Bryn Mawr for is how much it helps its students professionally, and LILAC funding is just one example of how committed Bryn Mawr is to the professional success of Mawrters.

Am I really a senior already?!

I’ve officially been a senior in college for almost two months now and I still find myself shocked at that fact. Just today a friend of mine was talking about how when we were first-years we saw the seniors as so much older and more put-together than us freshies. And now we’re those people. And it feels nothing like it looked.

It’s like when you first move into a new city on your own but the fact that your life is about to change drastically hasn’t kicked in yet. Or like when you wake up the morning of your birthday and it doesn’t feel like you’re any older. In some ways I still feel like the first-year I was when I first stepped foot on this campus. I still don’t know where I see myself at 30 years old; the exact career I’ll have, the kind of work I’ll be doing, where I’ll be living. But then again in some ways I’m so different from that person. I’ve experienced so much during these past three years, personally just as much as academically. And I know there’s still so much more to experience in the few months I have left here.

Looking ahead into what’s awaiting me this year is simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking. The things that have always made Bryn Mawr feel warm: lantern night, WTF week, May Day, the Anassa (which I can officially start myself), and all the other traditions we’ve held for years. As well as the things that challenge me: my courses, senior thesis, job and fellowship applications, etc.

The agenda book that’s getting me through this year

My family is already planning the details of getting everyone to my graduation. It feels lightyears away but I know it’s so close. For now, I’m trying to live in the moment. There’s so much to senior year and I can’t wait to document this journey (with the highs and the lows). I’ll share the lessons I learn throughout the year, like how to stay organized, how to best utilize the campus career services/handshake to search for jobs, how to develop a good thesis idea, how to foster helpful professional relationships, etc. As well as just all of the fun of senior year. Here goes the last leg of my college experience!

Reflections on a Busy Week

This past week for me has been full of supporting young girls in their paths and has been a great reminder of all of the things that led up to me choosing Bryn Mawr.

Last Wednesday, Sadie Nash, an after-school program that aims to promote leadership and activism among young women, brought their high school juniors on a tour of Bryn Mawr. I was able to be one of the Bryn Mawr students to meet these young girls and give them insight into what Bryn Mawr is like. It was so nostalgic watching their eyes light up when they first saw the cloisters and hearing them enthusiastically ask questions about college. It reminded me of when I was in their position, exactly four years ago, looking at colleges and falling in love with Bryn Mawr. I, too, attended a girls-centered after-school program, called Girls Inc., that was like a second home to me and taught me about feminism, social justice issues, and who I wanted to be in the world. After school programs like Sadie Nash and Girls Inc. have a huge impact on the lives of young girls and help support them in shooting for the stars. Girls Inc. was the one to nominate me for the Posse Scholarship, which is what helped bring me to Bryn Mawr.

My sister’s bio in the Girls Inc. luncheon booklet

The day after I led this tour, I flew back to my home in Lynn, MA to attend the Girls Inc. National Luncheon. My sister was invited to be the alumnae speaker at this event and I was so excited to see the women who helped me get to where I am today. The luncheon was such an emotional experience, as I got to see the girls who were freshmen in high school when I was graduating. They were now the ones graduating and picking colleges. They were going to Wellesley, and Brown, and Pomona, and Bowdoin and so many wonderful institutions. I was so proud to see how much they’d grown and succeeded. But it was no surprise to me, as organizations like Girls Inc. always help young girls reach their full potential.

That following Saturday, I attended the Love Your Magic Conference in Boston. It was a conference designed to help elementary school girls learn self-love and sisterhood. I was ecstatic to see so many little girls talking about why they’re worthy of love and how they support one another. I kept picturing where they would be ten years from today, graduating high school and selecting colleges.

the girls were asked “what does sisterhood mean to you?”

There are so many things that impact a person’s willingness and ability to go to college. Sadie Nash, Girls Inc., and the Love Your Magic Conference attempt to inspire girls and to support them in their academic journeys, so that they might one day be at a place like Bryn Mawr. I am constantly grateful to Girls Inc. and all of the people and programs in my life that have helped me get here. And now I am grateful to Bryn Mawr and all of the professors, students, and mentors I’ve met here that are helping me make plans for post-grad.

Bryn Mawr also makes sure to do this kind of work through partnerships with many organizations in and around Philadelphia. Programs like ACLAMO, Adelante, Ardmore Community Tutoring & Parkway West High Tutoring, and Art With Kids are opportunities for Bryn Mawr students to get involved with young people and to support them in their journeys.

This week has been one full of so much love and reflection. It’s been incredible to look back at my past as I gear up towards senior year and make plans towards my future.


Community Day of Learning

Once a year, Bryn Mawr cancels all of its classes and activities for the day in order to open space for students, faculty, and staff to have important conversations on campus. This day was designed in acknowledgment of the fact that for many students who want to have these conversations, going out of their way to create space for them gets in the way of everyday responsibilities. Thus, canceling those responsibilities for a full day allows space for these conversations to take place without the added stress of how to do so logistically.

This is my third community day of learning and this year’s overarching theme is “Being Bryn Mawr: Past, Present, and Future.” This theme seeks to delve deep into Bryn Mawr’s complicated history, it’s modern day concerns, and visions for the future. It hopes to generate conversation and shape who Bryn Mawr will be moving forward.

So many sessions caught my attention this year, but sadly, I could only pick one per time block. The sessions I did attend were incredibly thought-provoking and vital so I wanted to share them with you!

Session 1/ The Past: “Reflecting on Bryn Mawr’s Relationship with Mental Health and Disability on Campus” 

In this session, we talked about how Bryn Mawr has historically dealt with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and mental health disorders. It’s no secret that higher institutions all over the country have a bad track record with people with disabilities.

In 1976 Bryn Mawr’s admissions statement declared that they do not discriminate against the “handicap.” But, as we know, not discriminating is never enough. Simply not turning someone away because of their identity is never enough. What are the ways in which you are actively contemplating the structure of your institution and redesigning it in order to level the playing field? I think Bryn Mawr students have always sought to do this work.

In the year 2000, access services were established. In 2014, the accessibility leadership committee was founded. Realizing there was a lack of student voice in that committee, the Student Advisory Committee was founded the following year. Then in 2016, a new position as an access student coordinator on campus was created. Clubs like the Body Image Council, Active Minds, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and EnAble were founded to help students with physical and intellectual disabilities, students with mental health issues, and allies have a space of their own.

But there’s still a long way to go. In talking about physical disabilities on campus, we need to point out that many buildings on campus are still not physically accessible. Erdman, the dorm that I live in, is only accessible on the second floor. Certain buildings like Taylor and Merion aren’t accessible period. And spaces like the Pensby Center and the ECC are also pretty inaccessible. Those last two are especially important because they are spaces built on the idea of inclusion, and yet are not readily available to people with physical disabilities. In terms of learning disabilities, colleges everywhere need to hone in on holding professors accountable for accessibility and accommodations. The same goes for mental health concerns. During the session, we brainstormed for solutions and said that it would be great if professors could have mandatory training on how to best serve students with disabilities and mental health concerns. Things as easy as providing content warnings in classes and reconsidering the importance of participation grades were things we talked about. We also suggested that more funding needs to be allocated to this matter, especially in hiring more counselors and more counselors of color specifically.

Session 2/ The Present: “Discussions on Immigration in Higher Education”

The Facebook Profile photo of Bryn Mawr’s Migrant Rights Coalition

This session was designed by members of Bryn Mawr’s Migrant Rights Coalition in order to talk about undocumented experiences in higher education. The session leaders gave us background information about DACA, the benefits of a clean Dream Act, and sanctuary campuses. We then shifted the conversation to the context of Bryn Mawr. We discussed how Bryn Mawr had dealt with recent threats from DACA and TPS. We learned that, out of fear of becoming a target of the right-wing, Bryn Mawr decided that it would not officially declare itself as a sanctuary campus but would still act as such. We talked about the costs and benefits of such a decision. We also brainstormed how we could shift conversations about immigration and documentation from a theoretical approach that thinks of this as a very distant issue, to a personal approach that understand that real people on this campus today are living under the threat of anti-immigrant sentiments and laws.

My group got really into thinking about how to bring these conversations into classrooms specifically. We talked about wanting to see more professors trained in this knowledge, as well as more professors who have personal knowledge that is drawn from their own lived experiences. Prof. Veronica Montes was in the room, and as an immigrant, she shared her own perspective and how she tries to bring these conversations into her classes. She is a wonderful example of the kind of professor we want on campus, as she understands the political as personal and seeks to have these difficult conversations.

We ended the session thinking about action plans. Where is there room for improvement? We talked about creating opportunities for non-undocumented people on campus to learn more about this issue and to learn how to be good allies. We talked about the possibility of sending alerts to students if ICE agents are ever on campus so that undocumented students are warned and are not left to fend for themselves. We talked about including students and faculty with real lived experiences into any decision-making process, with the acknowledgment that they provide a knowledge that is vital to the conversation.

Session 3/The Future:

I wasn’t able to attend the last session, but I think the other two sessions I attended already started thinking about the future. There is still a long way to go for Bryn Mawr, but we’ve also come so far. Seeing where we were 10 years ago makes me hopeful for where we can be 10 years from now. Bryn Mawr students have always fought long and hard for a better future, and I have no doubt that this place will continue to grow. It is important for people in positions of power at this college to listen to the concerns and demands that we are making. Only then can we improve. Community Day of Learning is one of the ways that Bryn Mawr shows its dedication to its students.


On Making Myself an Avid Reader

I spent this year’s spring break doing something I never thought I’d dedicate “break time” to: reading. I’ve never been much of an avid reader. My professors at Bryn Mawr have always kept me busy reading articles, research journals, anthologies, and all kinds of books. But I have seldom taken the time outside of course material to read for fun. This year, however, because of my “new year, new me” mentality as I returned from study abroad, I’ve been trying to make myself an avid reader.

And in the spirit of Women’s History Month, I wanted to recommend some interesting reads by amazing women authors.

There are so many fabulous authors with incredible books out there, it’s impossible to include all of them. So I tried to keep my recommendation list to a minimum.

From bottom to top:

Presumed Incompetent is the combined work of over 40 authors. It focuses on the challenges faced by women of color in academia through the use of personal narratives and research studies done on this subject. It is a gripping account of the realities of educated women of color.

This Bridge Called My Back is another anthology full of the writings of “radical women of color.” It includes a variety of pieces about intersectionality, feminism, solidarity, and sisterhood. It details the diversity of experiences we have with all of the layers of our identities and gives the reader a lot to think about.

Sister Outsider is a classic, written by the iconic Audre Lorde. It includes a collection of essays and speeches by Lorde and centers the conversation on racism, sexism heterosexism, classism, and all of the other isms that exist. It is one of the most important black feminist pieces.

Women, Race, & Class is another classic written by, the one and only, Angela Davis. This book provides a historical perspective of women’s liberation in the U.S. and looks at black women’s place in society throughout history. Davis is still a very powerful and politically active black feminist today and all of her work are must-reads.

Questions for Ada is an easy read and a wonderful collection of poetry written by Ijeoma Umebinyuo. I re-read it every now and then when I’m feeling low. One of my favorite poems in this book reads “Nobody warned you/ that the women whose feet/ you cut from running/ would give birth to daughters with wings.

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled was assigned to me in my Citizenship, Migration, and Belonging class this semester but I still wanted to include it. It’s very different from the other books in this list because it talks about Syria and is mainly composed of anecdotes from Syrian people, as they talk about Syria before the regime, the rise of the regime, the Syrian uprising, fleeing from home, and more. You’ll definitely need a tissue when you read this book by Wendy Pearlman.

The Border of Dominicanidad is the book that I’m currently reading. It’s written by Lorgia Garcia-Peña and talks about Dominican Republic and Haiti’s complicated history. I really wanted to read this book because currently Dominican Republic is dealing with a lot of anti-Hatianism. Reading this book that explains the historical context of our two countries is helping me understand how we got to where we are today and will provide me with the necessary tools to explain this to other Dominicans. It’s a wonderful book and easy read.

I’m still a very slow reader and have to force myself to start, but books like these are so important and make me a better academic and a better human being. So many women have written incredible books that help educate us all and understand our role in this world. I’ll keep reading this kind of work and will keep you all updated with any new book recommendations!

How I’m Celebrating International Women’s Day

This year, in honor of International Women’s Day, I’m taking the time to support women who are doing incredible work despite all odds.

It’s important for me to not only talk about how amazing I think women are, but to support them and uplift them. I have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. For this, reason I wanted to share some really amazing work that women I know are doing today.

The Love Your Magic conference in Boston, hosted by several African American and Afro-Latina women, was created in hopes of helping young black and brown girls learn advocacy, gain self-love, and find sisterhood. This conference will be held in April and still needs funding! Check out their gofundme page.

Helping inspire future female leaders starts young. Bryn Mawr is a space created with the hopes of producing fearless female leaders that will change the world. This conference is attempting to inspire young black and brown girls to be those very leaders. You never know if one of the girls attending this conference will be a future Mawrter!

Recently, I’ve blogged about my experience with coming to terms with the ways in which my ethnicity and race co-exist. Often, experiences like this are left out of the conversations of mainstream feminism. So this International Women’s Day, I encourage us to pay special attention to the women who are bringing these conversations into the table.


My sister recently published her first article on HuffPost about black Latinxs and how including them in the census will help us understand how their experiences differ from that of lighter-skinned Latinx people.

I think it’s extremely important to listen to the voices and read the work of women of color this International Women’s Day. These are voices that are often left out of the conversation. We can’t just say we support all women, we have to actually support them by donating our time, attention, and/or money to their work.

I urge everyone to look around them and notice the hard work that women they know are doing. Ask them what they’re passionate about, share their articles, donate to their conferences, amplify their voices. Women have always been fearless advocates and activists. This International Women’s Day, support them in their journeys.

When You Get 75 Degrees in February

Part of what excited me about having a field placement in Philadelphia was that I was going to be able to explore more and spend more time off campus. I’m not the biggest fan of winter, so I was planning on leaving this for when spring came, but climate change made a surprise visit last Wednesday and I decided to take advantage of the 75-degree weather!

After I got out of my field placement, I walked to the Institute of Contemporary Art that was only six minutes away. This museum is free for all and has some really cool exhibits at the moment. I had visited once during my first year at Bryn Mawr but they switch up the exhibits pretty often and this time was so different. 

There are a ton of museums in Philly, and in the fall, CampusPhilly city hosts College Fests, and students can visit museums all day for free. I’ve gone twice and it’s been really fun both times. Museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute are really big, and you can spend all day there. The Institute of Contemporary Art is a bit smaller in comparison, so once I saw the exhibits there, I had a lot more time to kill.

I decided to grab lunch at HoneyGrow which is a really affordable healthy food spot in Center City. I’d usually go for the unhealthiest option, but my sister has been pressing me to eat healthier and I guess that’s the adult thing to do. It’s also surprisingly really good food. I found a place to eat outside and it was right next to an outdoor flower shop and farmers market so after I ate and did some readings, I just explored those two things for some more time in the sun.



I’m really excited for the weather to get consistently warm, so I can spend more time exploring the city. Now that I’m gearing up towards senior year, I want to take advantage of the fact that I live so close to Philly and have some more fun. I’ll keep you all posted on new adventures!

Posse Plus Retreat: Hope, Hate, and Race

Once a year, members of the Bryn Mawr and Posse community take a weekend off from our academic lives and attend the Posse Plus Retreat (PPR). This weekend event allows for students, faculty, and staff to leave campus and immerse in a long conversation about a selected topic.

My first year as a Bryn Mawr student and posse scholar, the topic of PPR was “Sticks + Stones: Language + Speech in a Diverse Society.” The weekend was all about the impact of hate speech and the very real power that language holds. The following year, the topic was “Us vs Them” and we discussed the binaries and other-ing that operates all over our society. We dedicate a whole weekend to these conversations because they are essential in order to be critical of our communities and to re-imagine what they could look like.

the hall at the Desmond Hotel,  where we have all of our conversations

That being said, these conversations are far from easy. They are difficult and messy and emotionally exhausting. And for people of color who are constantly having to think about these issues, it can be especially exhausting. That’s why this year’s PPR centered something vital to help move the conversations past a certain point; hope.

This year’s PPR topic was”Hope, Hate, and Race in the United States.” Almost 200 members of the Bryn Mawr community (Posse students, Posse faculty advisors, other students, and other faculty and staff) attended this event.

Throughout the weekend, two Posse alum facilitated various activities and workshops to address this topic. For one of the activities, the facilitators asked us to blurt out racial identity groups that we identify with, so that they could generate a list. At the end of that, the list read a ton more racial identity groups than the census usually gives us: black, white, Latinx, mixed/bi-racial, brown, African-american, chicana, Caribbean, indigenous, Asian, Afro-Latinx, Arab, and confused. We were then asked to group ourselves by identity and create conversation.

This activity really resonated with me because my identity has been something that I’ve struggled with for a while. Many people use ethnicity and race as synonymous when they are not. Not acknowledging the fact that there are black Latinxs and white Latinxs, conflates our experiences and the ways in which we walk through the world. But even knowing that, I had a hard time figuring out where I fall within this spectrum that is Latinidad.

Recently after doing some simple google search research and listening to podcasts, I’ve come to identify with this label of Afro-Latina. But, I still have a hard time understanding it.

Society needs to diversify our understandings of what it means to be Latinx. We’re all different shades of skin, hair textures, facial features, etc.

Luckily, pretty much everyone in the Afro-Latinx group was just as confused. We were able to talk about our experiences with our identities and the journeys we’ve had in identifying as Afro-Latina. It was so new and refreshing to be seen and to be heard in the way that I was in that group.


After many activities and workshops on race and hate, we were able to move onto the last chapter that is hope. The facilitators asked us to generate a list of things we want to see change around this topic on campus. We then divided into smaller groups based on what we wanted to focus on. I chose to go to the group on creating opportunities for students of color and under-represented faculty to come together. We discussed our experiences and the vision we have of the relationship between faculty and students of color on campus. Then we brainstormed some action steps on how to work towards that vision. Professor Pedro Marenco, who is a geology professor at Bryn Mawr, was part of that conversation. He was extremely helpful in providing the faculty perspective and helping us students come up with ways to build connection with our faculty. He exemplified the kind of professor who genuinely cares for their students and wants to make our experiences as meaningful as possible. I left that conversation feeling genuinely excited for the kind of work we plan to do on campus.

Usually at the end of every PPR, we get free t-shirts related to the topic. This year, however, the facilitators chose to give us journals so that we could use them to make tangible action plans towards reimagining our futures.

This PPR has been the most productive one I’ve attended while at Bryn Mawr. It was still exhausting, as having these conversations will never be easy. But, it added an element of hope and tangible change that made this weekend more than just emotionally draining conversations that don’t seem to have an answer.

I genuinely commend Bryn Mawr for it’s commitment to Posse. And I am constantly thankful to the students, faculty, staff that are committed to re-designing and reimagining our campus and the future of our country. They are the reason things change and get better for future generations. I’m glad to be leaving this weekend with a little bit more hope.

Why “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words” Isn’t a Cliche

In our society, we are obsessed with statistics. That’s why we’re constantly being bombarded with facts and figures: “There are 43.3 million immigrants in the U.S.,” “84,994 refugees were admitted into the U.S. in 2016,” “There were 462,463 removals and returns in 2015,” etc. etc. (https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states-2)

But in obsessing over these numbers, we miss something bigger: the experiences of the people behind those numbers. Photojournalists Griselda San Martin and Jacobia Dahm seek to bring those people into the light with their work.

Borders and Belonging

I was able to attend the talk and exhibition, “Borders and Belonging“, at Haverford College, where Jacobia and Griselda shared their work and what it means to them.

The photojournalists talked about how they hoped that their work would tell you something that you didn’t know or that you didn’t know in that way. They hoped to change the dominant narrative of immigrants and refugees. By showing the faces and emotions of immigrants and refugees, they’re giving you the context that numbers are missing.

A good picture will always tell you something that you didn’t know” -Jacobia Dahm

Jacobia focuses her work on Syrian refugees and their migration to Germany, a country that is very divided in whether refugees should be welcomed with open arms or turned away to fend for themselves. Griselda focuses her work on both the lived experiences on the Mexican border and the lives of Mexican immigrants in an ethnic enclave in New York.

Credit: Griselda San Martin

Credit: Griselda San Martin

Besides being visually stunning, their work has the power to tell stories. Jacobia also mentioned that her photographs always come with a small text to provide context. She talked a bit about the power in the collaboration of both visuals and text to tell a different story. Something really important about photojournalism is that the photographers develop relationships with the people that they photograph. The ethics of photography can sometimes be difficult to navigate, but being able to develop a relationship with the people who’s stories you’re attempting to tell and getting their verbal consent helps a great deal, I think.

This exhibition prompted me to look back at my experiences from abroad. Although I wasn’t able to develop relationships with people like photojournalists do, I did take a few pictures (while making sure I didn’t take photos of faces without consent). Below I have two photos that I took while abroad that bring back powerful memories. I’ve attached a short description of what story the photo tells.

I took this photograph in New Delhi right before I entered a shrine that we were visiting for our case study. This area is full of people who’s bodies were believed to have been taken over by evil spirits. Because of ethical reasons, I didn’t take any photos showing the faces or behaviors of these women. This is one of my few photos from this day.

I took this photo at a rehabilitation center that we visited in Sao Paulo. One of the patients in the waiting room had a guitar and was playing music. We all ended up singing along while he played guitar and waited for his medical services.


I think what’s so powerful about pictures is that they provide a sense of emotion and connection that numbers, even words sometimes, miss. I’ve always been a been a big fan of the way that artists can tie their art to social and political meaning. I’m grateful that I was able to see the works of Jacobia and Griselda as well as listen to how they make meaning of it. Cheers to resistance and advocacy through creative outlets!