Imani Islam, Segal Fellows

Imani Islam

2019 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Imani Islam is an artist and activist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A proudly identified Afro-Caribbean, she is a junior at Brandeis with a double major in Sociology and Afro and African American Studies. Imani is Vice President of the Caribbean Culture Club, as well as a member of the Poetic Justice Slam Team 2017-2018, and a part of the Bridges Cohort 2018-2019 as well. Imani has interned/volunteered at the Lower Eastside Girls Club summer program in Manhattan, New York, mentoring and supporting young girls through middle and high school in varied programs including arts, sciences, and STEM, while also empowering them as young women of color to have their voices represented. As a poet and dancer, Imani believes the arts provides a great sense of therapy for those suffering from mental illness (i.e. anxiety and depression), especially for people of color. Imani believes that the arts are a building stone in dialogue for those dealing with mental illness to express themselves and be acknowledged, but also as an overall positive force for change within society.