Havanna Fisher, Youth Advocate

Havanna is a budding interdisciplinary artist from Harlem who works across the fields of design, performing arts and film. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Parsons and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in dance from Eugene Lang. She has a profound interest in using the skills and techniques that she has acquired to combine the arts with education to bring about political awareness and thus probable change within the American landscape of ideological identity. The basis for this deep enriched passion in community service stems from her experiences growing up in Harlem. Havanna is currently a 2016 Create Change Resident at The Laundromat Project on a project she created called Harlem Motion that aims to […]

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Joelle Riffle, Program Administrator

  Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in communication design in 2013. Joelle has a range of professional and creative experiences, from her time as a graphic designer at the small branding and web studio to her current role as the program administrator at the Parsons Scholars Program. Her design practice and administrative work overlaps in the desire to work from a people-focused approach to collaborate and mobilize for positive change, particularly around underrepresented populations in creative fields. Find her design work online at joelleriffle.com  

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Yelaine Rodriguez, Youth Advocate

Yelaine has just finished her final semester in the BFA Fashion Design program. She enjoys being around other art students, and believes “we can all get positive energy from each other”. She has studied abroad at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and spent a summer studying at Parsons Paris, after receiving a scholarship to attend. After proving her capabilities as a Teaching Assistant in the pre-college class of designer Jillian Lewis (formerly of Project Runway), Yelaine was recruited for an internship at Ralph Lauren, and later interned for Oscar de la Renta. She hopes to establish her own line of clothes, and would like to be able to “join forces with the factories in […]

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Nadia Williams, Program Director

Nadia has worked in a wide range of NYC public schools as a teaching artist and holds a certificate in College Access and Success Counseling from the Options Institute. She coordinated 3 cohorts of Parsons Scholars through their high school graduation over a span of 5 years and feels fortunate to continue to work closely with students over a meaningful period of time as Program Director. Nadia is a graduate of the Parsons BFA Fashion Design department who began her career designing for Gap Kids, and freelancing for companies such as Old Navy and Banana Republic. While living in Mexico for 4 years, she developed an independent line of clothes and accessories, began collaborating in workshops which aim to empower […]

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Nicole Pimentel, Youth Advocate

Nicole is a New York City based artist. During her time as an undergraduate at Parsons the New School for Design, she was selected to participate in the BFA Thesis Show at Parsons as well as in the student scholarship competition at the Society of Illustrators. While at Parsons, Nicole worked in the Parsons Scholars Program and the Parsons Pre-College Academy as an Undergraduate Mentor and Teaching Assistant. Specifically, Nicole played a crucial role in the creation of murals for the Pediatric Center at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY as a TA in the Parsons Scholars senior capstone class led by artist Jaime Arredondo. After graduating from Parsons in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration, she entered the Art Education […]

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