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Spelman's 77th SGA President Bria Paige Sets a Standard for Leadership

May 2019

Bria Paige

Jackson, Mississippi native Bria Paige will pursue her Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University as a fully funded graduate student. A 2017 UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Paige focused on Black women and their political spaces, using the English discipline as the primary framework for her investigation and analysis.

“‘Lemonade’ inspired my Mellon research proposal, ultimately fueling my desire to pursue doctoral studies centered on Black feminist thought and contribute to the evolvement of diverse scholarship within academia,” said Paige.

“Experiencing Beyoncé blur the lines between the personal and political -- and influence culture worldwide, while championing Black women and our experience, empowers me to discover effective and culturally sound ways to see myself within the world and my academic future."

Active both inside and outside of the classroom, Paige was a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society. She held various leadership positions and served as the 77th President of the Spelman Student Government Association.