Last year, Dean Allyson Green shared the commitments Tisch made in our ongoing efforts to dismantle racism by aligning our practices and resources to the values we celebrate: equity and racial justice. Specifically, we pledged to address historical gaps in support, communication, resources and engagement with BIPOC students by creating new opportunities for all underrepresented and marginalized students.
Today, we are pleased to introduce the 13 winners of the inaugural HEAR US Awards, a new student competition designed to celebrate and advance student projects that center BIPOC voices and stories. Emerging from a competitive field of 86 applicants, these 13 awardees were selected by a panel of professional artists and scholars, including several Tisch faculty members, for their commitment to combating systemic marginalization in the creation and leadership of artistic and scholarly works.
Please join us in congratulating:
Caroline Wang (UGFTV)
Gina Goico (Art & Public Policy)
Imani Celeste Fuentes (Drama) & Ana Luisa Larrazolo-López (Performance Studies)
Juan Pablo Daranas Molina (Graduate Film)
Kendra Brown (UGFTV)
Krishan Rajaratnam (Game Center)
Macdaleine St.Remy (Graduate Film)
Maryam Mir (Graduate Film)
MaryAnn Talavera (ITP)
Nala Duma (Recorded Music)
Peyton Freeney (UGFTV)
Raha Amirfazli (Graduate Film)
Tebogo Malebogo (Graduate Film)
As members of the inaugural HEAR US Cohort, these students will receive a cash award, one-on-one professional mentorship, and other support from Tisch over the next six months. The 2021 HEAR US program will culminate in an informal works-in-progress mini-fest during Tisch’s annual Community Week celebration in October.
In the meantime, we express deep gratitude to all of the students who applied for this new program and shared their experiences and feedback with us; and to the panelist/mentors whose generosity continues to make HEAR US possible.
Congratulations, HEAR US 2021!