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Women of color to share their experiences in arts and design professions

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The College of Arts and Architecture’s Multicultural Programs Office will sponsor Penn State’s 3rd annual Women of Color in Arts and Design Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30–8 p.m., in 112 Borland Building. The event will feature a panel discussion with seven College of Arts and Architecture alumni, who will discuss their career passions and goals and the struggles of being women of color in their respective fields. 

Participants include architect Monique McCray (’97 B.Arch. Architecture), president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects; Chadtalin Sinthorn (’14 B.A. Art History), junior art director at Warner Music Group; Mercedes Ward (’11 B.L.A. Landscape Architecture), RLA, ASLA, landscape architect with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; art educator Emilee Taylor (’74 B.S. Art Ed), adjunct faculty member at Moore College of Art and Design; architect Samantha Josaphat (’12 B.Arch. Architecture), RA, NOMA, LEED GA, principal of Studio 397 Architecture and adjunct architecture faculty member at the City College of New York; actor/director/producer Stori Ayers (’14 M.F.A. Theatre), founder of [RARE] Lotus Productions and Penn State Theatre faculty member; and Emmy Award-winner Meliza Fermin (’04 B.A. Integrative Arts), senior visual effects artist for Encore and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. 

“I believe it is important to have this symposium to tell the varied stories of women of color—their successes, challenges, triumphs and defeats,” said symposium organizer Curt Marshall, coordinator of multicultural affairs and recruitment in the College of Arts and Architecture. “We also want to help inspire today’s students in art and design to pursue their dreams.” 

The panel will be moderated by Kikora Franklin, associate professor of theatre. For more information, contact Curt Marshall at