Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Jolecia Saunderson

2022 Brandeis Segal Fellow

Jolecia Saunderson is an artist and advocate born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a junior at Brandeis University, double-majoring in African and African American Studies and Politics, with minors in Creativity the Arts and Social Transformation and Legal Studies. On campus, Jolecia is a student worker at Chums and the Game Room, a part of the Woman of Color Alliance, a volunteer with Roses In Concrete, and creator of her own club: The Multicultural Hair, Art, & Empowerment Club. Jolecia has interned at Power In Place, which emphasizes the importance of women in politics, The African American Policy Forum, where she explored black female leadership in her cohort team Melanin Minds, and Urban Word, for poetry and art as tools of liberation. As an artist and advocate, she is passionate about social policy, activism, and educational justice. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, spoken word, art, Marvel movies, and dance. Jolecia's Summer 2022 Segal Fellow Internship was with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Thurgood Marshall Institute. She is excited to explore more about the law, educational justice, art, activism, policy, and how these can be advanced and reimagined for communities in need.