Meet Summer Institute Faculty Sevonna Brown

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Applications are due for Summer Insitute Faculty on May 1st. To give you a sense of what teaching at Sadie Nash is like, we are doing a series of short interviews with past faculty, members of our beloved #Nashfam. Meet Sevonna Brown, Assistant Executive Director at Black Women’s Blueprint. Sevonna designed and taught an academic elective class: Justice in the Body: A Course on Reproductive Justice and Sexual Health at Brooklyn Summer Institute in 2017.

How would you describe your experience teaching at Summer Institute?

Teaching with Sadie Nash was a blend of inspiration, new birth and new growth, and a summer of possibilities. We explored so many topics within Reproductive Justice and had so many amazing healing cyphers where we grew and learned collectively!

Did the experience teaching at Summer Institute influence your current work? If so, how?

Teaching at Summer Institute inspired many of the discussions and programming for an amazing program I piloted at Black Women's Blueprint the same summer. We were able to combine Black feminist/womanist cyphers with real talk and courageous dialogue that explores our own relationships to our bodies, seeing the personal as political!

Would you encourage others to apply to teach at Summer Institute?

I definitely encourage other to apply to teach at Summer Institute - you will not only grow and expand in your own topic area but you will be surprised at every turn the ways you learn from the Nashers, Deans, and Site Directors. Definitely take this opportunity to lean into the challenges and opportunities of what it mean to lead, teach, and co-create space in a radical and liberatory classroom. You may never get this opportunity again.

Thank you Sevonna!


Interested in applying to teach at Sadie Nash’s award-winning Summer Institute? Apply now! The deadline is Wednesday, May 1st

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