LaShawn Simmons, Segal Fellow

LaShawn Simmons

2017 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

LaShawn Simmons recently graduated from Brandeis, majoring in African and Afro-American Studies with minors in Anthropology, Art History and Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). LaShawn has developed skills in arts programming, cultural work, and curating in order to deepen community understanding of diverse social issues. At Brandeis, she initially incorporated this passion by founding and publishing an anthology of poetry entitled “Ebony Axis” that centers the complexities of Black womanhood. She serves as Brandeis University’s Intercultural Center’s (ICC) curator. As the ICC curator, she created spaces where young artists at Brandeis are empowered to use their selected pieces as a way to provoke dialogue about social issues they deem significant. In fall 2016, LaShawn collaborated with both the Rose Art Museum and CAST program in order to design art salons with artist in residence Jane Sapp that incorporate artistic expression as a form of social change. In fall 2017, LaShawn accepted the Sherman H. Starr Family Curatorial Internship position at the Rose Art Museum, where she focuses on educational outreach and exhibition-related programming. Last summer, LaShawn supported local Boston youth in expressing themselves artistically with the Transformative Culture Project as a Segal Fellow.