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Morgane Veronique Richardson graduated Middlebury College with an Honors B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to founding Refuse The Silence, Morgane was an active woman’s rights advocate on college campuses in New England. To make money, she worked at the Brooklyn Arts Council, Lehman Brothers Art Department and, taught dance at The Go Project and later when on work at a progressive social media firm based out of Los Angeles and New York City. Morgane is well known for her work in the feminist community. Her work on women, race and education has been published in numerous online magazines including, Bitch, Feministing, and More Magazine. Contact Morgane at Morgane.Richardson@gmail.com.

Project Manager
Alexandra Garcia graduated Cum Ladde from Middlebury College where she majored in Psychology and Education.  Alexandra has obtained a greater understanding on how social networks provide positive social understanding through her work with Novalogic, The Health and Climate Foundation and the UCLA Irvine Psychopharm Department.  She has done extensive work researching open source web economies. Today, Alexandra is the co-founder and Head of Production at Mixtape Media and the project manager, saving grace at Refuse The Silence. Contact Alexandra at Alexandra.l.Garcia@gmail.com

Current Interns

Sandra Alayon is a feminist of color of Asian and Latina descent, currently finishing adegree in Women’s Studies and a minor in Film studies at Brooklyn College. A NativeNew Yorker, she gravitated towards feminism through an academic setting as wellas radical feminist politics within the NY punk community. She has interned at theWomen’s Community Clinic in San Francisco while working concurrently at Quan YinHealing Arts Center, a free alternative health clinic. She is dedicated to social justiceand the importance of documenting the experiences of Women of Color in academia.Currently she is collecting submissions for a zine recording the experiences of Womenof Color within the punk community. In her spare time she plays bass in a pop band andfollows various feminist blogs that are changing the face of feminism today. Contact Sandra at salayon@gmail.com.

Past Interns

Alana Jenkins is currently a junior at Middlebury College where she majors in English and American Literature with a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in Educational Studies. Alana is a suburb dwelling New Yorker from Yonkers.  She lives for family, friends, life, love, as well as literature.  In her spare time at Middlebury College, Alana is an active member in different cultural organizations, including Women of Color and Distinguished Men of Color, promoting social justice, as well as dancing with On Tap.  Alongside those responsibilities Alana is also a proud member of Middlebury Posse 10.

Melissa Lyons joins Refuse The Silence from Syracuse University where she is obtaining a degree in psychology and broadcast journalism.. Her love for media and social networking continued to grow as she discovers how these public outlets could voice the views of diverse ethnic and cultural groups. She is a member of  National Association of Black Journalists, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, CSTEP and the Caribbean student association. She plans to study abroad in London next semester.

Blog Contributors

Jordan Alam is a student at Barnard College hoping to double major in Psychology and English. Born in Bangladesh, she is an American Muslim woman who believes learning about other people can break down the mental barriers of race and class. She enjoys challenging stereotypes and hopes that, with a little time and thought, individual stories will break down the 30-second soundbite.

Justine Dolorfino is a Michiganian of Filipino descent. She graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Music and Psychology in 2009 and is currently a masters candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the program of Music & Music Education. Her research interests include effects of gender stereotypes of musical instruments in music education and she is currently pursuing research to determine whether ethnicity can affect a person’s gender stereotypes of
instruments. She is actively involved in the online music education professional development community and can be also found at http://www.justine-dolorfino.com.

Amber Guerrero is a Filipina American who graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in English Literature in 2008.  She served as a student leader for the Asian Student Association at Kalamazoo College during her college years and currently volunteers as an alum coordinator for the Kalamazoo College Fund.  Her interests include environmentalism and she has traveled to the Philippines to study the social, economic, political and environmental issues of coral reef preservation on Olotayan Island in the Philippines.  She is pursuing a Masters in Occupational Therapy and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, California beginning this January 2011.

Amy Johnson is also a Korean adoptee from the Midwest.  She graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in History in 2005.  She earned her Masters in History from American University in Washington, DC, in 2008.  While earning her Masters, she worked as a policy assistant at the National Humanities Alliance, an advocacy organization that lobbies for federal funding for humanities research, programming and education.  She is currently working on her doctorate in American Studies at Brown University.  Her primary research interests are in 19th-century Chinese American history, specially around gender, race, and space in the American West.  She is also interested in public humanities and recently co-curated “Chow Mein, Chicken Wings, and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era,” an exhibit that revisited the world of Chinese restaurants in downtown Providence from its heyday in the wake of World War II through its decline in the 1980s.

Kelsay Myers is a Korean adoptee from the Midwest. She recently received her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Writing from Kalamazoo College and is just beginning her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. Her writing interests include pushing the boundaries of racial identity construction, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and theory and form. She has a column on Lantern Review Blog, a journal of Asian American poetry unbound, called “Becoming Realer: Identity, Craft, and the MFA.”

Nina Reyes graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in Anthropology.  She served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for Project SHINE in Philadelphia, a not-for-profit organization and service-learning program based out of Temple University that encourages civic engagement in the college community by tutoring elderly immigrants in health literacy, ESL, and citizenship exam preparation.  Nina earned her MA in Media Studies from The New School and currently works as a graphic designer and web developer.  She is a production associate at the New York-based creative services agency, rayogram, and is also a web developer and designer for Hyphen magazine.

Upon entering college, Malaka Wilson-Greene developed a passion for issues surrounding ideas of sexuality. Now a 3rd year ethnic studies major at the University of California, Riverside, Malaka has graciously contributed a wide variety of pieces on young women of color, identity, sex and sexuality. You can find more of her work on her blog,http://www.hiphopcheerleader.blogspot.com

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