Sage Swaby: TLS Co-Head
Sage Swaby is a Sophomore and Written Arts and American Studies joint major. Sage is a co-TLS Leader of the Black Body Experience, as well as an active member in multiple clubs such as the Caribbean Student Association, Womxn Of Color United, Black Student Organization, and the POC Theater Ensemble. Within her co-head position, Sage focuses on media and promotion. In regards to the conference, she is most looking forward to students from other college campuses and Bard Simon’s Rock coming together to engage in dynamic conversations.
Talaya Robinson-Dancy: TLS Co-Head
Talaya Robinson-Dancy is a Junior and Historical Studies and Africana Studies major. She is the Founder and President of the Black Body Experience Council, co-head of the Womxn of Color United club, a peer mentor, and a Career Development Office peer resume reviewer. She began the BBE council in order to have a more sustainable way to keep the Black Body Experience Conference going for years to come. Talaya feels that is very important for people of color to attend this conference in order to make connections and to learn about issues that affect the black body.
Teron Byrd: Media and Promotion Director
Teron Byrd is a Junior and Sociology major. Teron’s activeness within the POC community at Bard led him to join BBE, which had a profound effect on him his freshman year. Along with media direction and coordination for the Black Body Experience, Teron is a club-head and coordinator of several different clubs on campus, including Black Student Organization and the Office of Equity & Access’s GRE Preparation Initiative.
Tchad Ross: Media and Promotion Director
Tchad Ross is a Junior and Written Arts major. Her interest in spaces that cultivate intersectional thought and promote the health and well being of black people is what brought her to Black Body Experience. As a Council member, she co-manages the media direction and coordination. In addition, Tchad is an active member of clubs such as the Caribbean Student Association, Black Student Organization, Women of Color United and Queer People Of Color.
Cymone Richardson: Design Manager
Cymone Richardson is a Junior and Sociology major with a concentration in Experimental Humanities. As an artist, a passion for diversity within various creative mediums is what initiated interest in her joining the BBE team. As the design manager, she is responsible for the logo design and merchandise management. She is co-head of the Bard Fashion Committee and has worked on various creative projects on campus in addition to producing her own work.
Asha Lane: Department, and BHSEC Outreach
Asha Lane is a Senior Sociology major originally from Maryland. Although growing up in Maryland, Asha found her passion for helping communities of color and sharing the stories of Black students once she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was in New Orleans where Asha became encouraged to stand up for young Black women and become an advocate for inclusivity and equitable futures. At Bard, Asha has worked with TLS projects such as Astor Home and co-created Gifted Girls at Columbia, which was a tutoring and mentoring program that went into an all-girls correctional facility. She is the current co-head of the Student Activities Board, an active member in the Black Student Organization, and a previous co-head of Womxn of Color United (formerly Colored Women United) and Beulah Baptist Student Fellowship. Asha believes that the Black Body Experience should be experienced by all Black students who are passionate about their community, healing, and leadership.