UW Bothell’s 2015-2016 annual report to donors and community features the community-engaged work of alum Nafasi Ferrell (’15, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies). For her Cultural Studies capstone project, Nafasi developed and facilitated a three-hour workshop with community members of varying ages in partnership with Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Let’s Talk!! Race and Class Through Hip-Hop and Poetry challenged participants to redefine their understandings of race and class using the mediums of hip-hop and poetry. Nafasi’s capstone intended to demonstrate the value of cross-generational, interracial community spaces and advocate for them as a site in which to imagine new ways of engaging with and understanding current circumstances and issues.
Since graduating, Nafasi continues to engage local communities as Cultural Events Project Coordinator at the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. Read Nafasi’s story here.