Women’s History Month Panel Highlights the Contributions Made by Women of Color

A panel celebrating Women’s History Month in March recently sought to highlight the contributions women of color have made across the spectrum in a variety of fields and professions. The March 15th panel called “Past, Present, and Future: Women of Color Redefining Culture and Community,” featured a conversation with Jessica Willis, Stephanye R. Watts, and Kai Avent-deLeon, about how women of color have historically shaped and continue to shape the meaning and importance of community. The event was organized and moderated by Tatiana Glover, a senior and Integrated Design Parsons BFA student. “As a young black woman, I think it…

Yu Ling

When Yu Ling came to Parsons, she felt unsure that she was enough of an artist. But The New School challenged her to explore diverse interests and care deeply about her studies. In her Artist’s Books class at Parsons, she learned much more than bookbinding. She discovered her love of working with her hands and designing things digitally, realizing that books could be an art form and the perfect medium to combine her interests. Yu Ling has become something of a master of combining: She’s an Integrated Design major at Parsons, and a Theater major with a minor in Ethnicity…

Ariel Newland

Ariel Newland firmly believes in play as a learning tool. “The best way to engage kids is to participate in their world of gaming and online interaction. Standard tests and textbooks have their place, but a game can really make subjects come to life,” says the BFA Integrated Design graduate.  Newland’s popular online game From Ellis Island to Orchard Street with Victoria Confino, designed for New York’s Tenement Museum, bears this out. In the game, players take on the persona of a 12-year-old European immigrant going through the naturalization process at Ellis Island in the early 20th century. The project…

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