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Sunahtah  Jones

Sunahtah Jones

Sunahtah Jones
Graduate Assistant

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Sunahtah Jones is a graduate assistant in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. Originally from a small town in New Jersey, she first came to USF to earn her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Her passion for WGS and combating systematic oppression blossomed from both her experiences as a queer Black woman and her understanding of the experiences of Black women globally. Writing poetry and painting are two of her favorite hobbies, she says, because of how accurately these two art forms depict the climate of daily life for marginalized groups. Her research interests include global healthcare for Black women and Black LGBTQ people, LGBTQ rights and visibility, and the influences of intersectionality on the psyche, self-esteem, and everyday life for Black girls. Ultimately, her goals are to teach at the university level, dismantle institutions of oppression, and create community programs that provide resources and safe spaces for women of color and LGBTQ people of color. She is inspired by revolutionaries like Angela Davis, who challenge and refute oppressive institutions founded on erasure, injustice, and marginalization. As the great Audre Lorde said, “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."