Meet the 2019 Team

Rai Mckinley is a very Black, very queer/trans soon to be Brandeis graduate in the African and African American Studies department, or as they call it “Black Arts and Social Theory”. Rai has been using digital media to document varying expressions of Black life for a decade, and is particularly interested in the intersections of new media and culture, and what it implies about the world before us. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Rai studied filmmaking and photography at Columbia College Chicago, where they made impacts as the creator of a documentary which critiqued the experiences of Black students at the school. Following this he was recruited to help design and facilitate workshops that aimed to promote cultural sensitivity and inclusion on campus between faculty, students and staff. Rai now holds the “technical assistant and student liaison” position in the University Archives at Brandeis, working alongside Maggie McNeely to continue the work laid down by the BBAC. One of the projects currently being worked on is the creation of a digital timeline of Brandeis’ Black history, in collaboration with the Black Brandeis, Black History course, which will be featured on the BBAC website.

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