• Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows

Alisha Thompson AY2017-18

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Education: B.A. English, Writing Concentration, Pace University 

Biography: Alisha is an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, where she manages the evaluation tools and college partnerships. Her position focuses on expanding the organization's presence in the community and receive funding to ensure that vision can come to life. Alisha has her B.A. in English with a Writing Concentration from Pace University, NYC. Her passion for creative writing drew her to a career creating intersectional art spaces, such as a series of galleries in NYC that focused on art activism, respectfully titled "ARTivism."

Why I Serve: I serve because I believe that everyone should have equal access to resources, no matter a person's life and/or background. VISTA gives me the opportunity to develop sustainable support systems, such as internal databases and community relations, so I can amplify the voices of marginalized populations. By strengthening these voices, I am able to provide a sustainable contribution to the community's need.

Why Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship? After working in advocacy and research, I wanted to find a position that encapsulated both. The Brown fellowship gave me the chance to contribute my skills in an environment that emphasizes learning and serve spaces that need support. I love their desire to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with the local community and utilize their platform to heighten the platform of others.