Diversity Outreach Fellow
Nyasha Franklin, class of 2019, is an Anthropology and Africana Studies double major from Harlem, New York. Nyasha spent the spring semester of her junior year studying at the University of Havana in Havana, Cuba, where she also decided to conduct research for her senior thesis on the Hip Hop community in the city. Her academic interests include, african diasporic music, critical race studies, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist struggle and theory, and liberation projects and politics of the so-called "third world".
On campus, Nyasha serves as a Black History Month Representative for APAU, the Association for Pan-African Unity, which promotes community among students of African descent and is a member of MHACASA, an organization for African and Caribbean Students. Outside of her academic endeavors, Nyasha can be found, working on projects within the Five College Dance community, or playing traditional Javanese Gamelan at Smith College through the Five College Ethnomusicology Program. While at Mount Holyoke, she aspires to study people and music pushed into marginality, and is excited she has Mount Holyoke and the Five College consortium as resources to help her do so.