Latest on the Washington Post: “How do you get university administrators to listen? Take over their buildings.”

“On March 29, hundreds of Howard University students, led by the student-driven social justice organization HU Resist, took over the school’s administration building after news broke that several employees embezzled and misappropriated financial aid funds.

The students demanded transparency and accountability from Howard officials. When Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick confirmed that, based on an internal audit, several university employees received extra institutional funds and grants from 2007 to 2016, HU Resist responded with sweeping demands.” Read more at the Washington Post.

 

 

Swift accepted as summer professor with Freedom Summer Collegiate Program

I am so thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into the Freedom Summer Collegiate Program, where I will be teaching about Black Women’s Radical Activism in the South for a month at J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora, Arkansas. It’s so odd that I will be placed in Arkansas, as my Mom was born in Little Rock.

Drawing inspiration from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, Freedom Summer Collegiate is working towards educational equity by collaborating with partner programs to bring the nation’s most promising future academics to students who face significant obstacles on the road to college. Read more about Freedom Summer Collegiate

Swift presenting at the 2018 African-American Intellectual History Conference on Black Women’s Journalistic Activism

On Friday, March 30,  Jaimee Swift and Ashley Daniels presented at the African-American Intellectual History Society’s (AAIHS) third annual conference at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. With the conference’s theme of “Black Thought Matters”, Swift and Daniels’ paper titled “She Writes: On Black Women’s Journalistic Activism in the African Diaspora (1900s-1950s), explored the importance of Black women journalists as socio-political and intellectual agents of change. AAIHS is a scholarly organization founded to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching Black thought. Read more about the African-American Intellectual History Society. 

Swift discusses the death of Marielle Franco and the life of an Afro-Diasporic radicalism on “This Is Hell” Radio Show

Swift was invited to speak on “This Is Hell” Radio Show, a weekly longform political interview program broadcast across Chicago on WNUR since 1996 and hosted by Chuck Mertz. Swift spoke on the importance of Afro-Brazilian politician and activist, Marielle Franco and how her assassination shows the pervasiveness of violence against Black and queer communities in Brazil.  Listen to the interview here.

Latest on Black Perspectives: “Marielle Franco, Black Queer Women, and Police Violence in Brazil”

On Wednesday, March 14th, countless Brazilians and others around the world were saddened and angered after learning of the devastating news of the brutal assassination of Marielle Franco, 38, an Afro-Brazilian city council member from Rio de Janeiro. Franco, a Black lesbian feminist, grassroots organizer, favelada, human rights activist and member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSOL), was shot four times by two gunmen after presenting on a panel entitled “Black Women Moving Structures” in Rio. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also murdered. Read more at Black Perspectives.

Latest on AfroPunk: “Sexual Assault at HBCUS: #TimesUp Must Include Black Women College Students”

The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality at historically black colleges and universities.

As in many instances when it comes to gendered-racialized violence, Black women’s concerns, bodies and lives are rendered inferior ––and this is no different at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). While the #​TimesUp movement’s mission primarily addresses “systematic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential”, it is imperative this charge is inclusive of Black women college students, who unfortunately endure sex/gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, prejudice, misogynoir​, transphobia, homophobia and ​anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments from peers and faculty alike. Read more at AfroPunk.

Latest on Black Perspectives: “Benedita da Silva, Brazil’s First Black Woman Senator and Governor”

Female politicians are underrepresented in their leadership and their participation, and their contributions and successes in national, local, and civil politics are overlooked, undervalued, and often ignored. This political diminishment is exacerbated for Black women politicians, who in their efforts to catalyze political reform and policies are met with white supremacist, racialized-gendered hierarchies and hostilities that render their lives and their work inferior. Read more on Black Perspectives.

Swift featured on MetroPhilly: “Eagles fan explains why she’s boycotting the Super Bowl”

“Political scientist Jaimee Swift, a PhD candidate at Howard University, said most sports fans can be inconsistent when it comes to activism.

“I think there is such a cognitive dissonance some people have when it comes to supporting activism and equity and then recognizing that we live in a white male capitalist patriarchy that thrives off competition, production, and the use of the body; which is also reflected in sports, and in this case, football,” she said. “Until we realize that the Eagles, the NFL and other sports conglomerates are truly not for equity for all and just for the almighty dollar, more situations like Kaepernick’s are to come — both in and outside of the NFL. And yet, some of us will still keep cheering.” Read the full article here.

Latest on xoNecole: “5 PhD Students Reveal How They Combat Impostor Syndrome”

You’re not good enough.”

You can’t do this.”

You are way in over your head.”

Those were just some of the negative statements and thoughts I would say and think to myself as I walked into class. As a 26-year-old Ph.D. candidate at Howard University, my journey in academia has been both exciting and fulfilling yet at the same time, emotionally and spiritually grueling. If the pressure that comes along with being the first in my family to graduate from undergrad, to receive a Master’s degree, and pursue a doctorate was not hard enough, the constant feeling of self-doubt and chronic self-criticism of whether or not I “belonged” in higher education was a weight that was too much to bear –– despite my academic and professional accomplishments. Read more at xoNecole.