As a first generational student, I never had the opportunity to own a personal computer or actively interact with digital technology until my first year in college. Having a humanities background made my struggle more practical – so much that I could not comprehend some digital tools until my first semester in graduate school. My personal experience has honed my research in Black feminist rhetorics to challenge the representation of Black women’s identity in social and digital spaces.
As a DRC fellow, I am passionate about digital rhetorics of Black women as an othered and marginalized community. I am particularly interested in their lived experience, trauma, visibility, voice and identity – especially in a Black and cultural feminist ethos environment. As a Black woman of African descent, I am also interested digital and rhetorical tools employed by other Black women to address issues of intersectionality, embodied experience of trauma, and the patriarchy that surrounds Black women’s empowerment and leadership and how these rhetorical tools address and usher Black women into the digital acceptability and communal action of self-love. I am excited about this opportunity to grow and can’t wait to get started.