During my junior year at the University of South Carolina, I ran for Student Body President and narrowly lost in a runoff election. I ran for SBP to provide representation for first-generation college students and African-American women on campus so I felt like I was letting those communities down. A month and a half later, I ended up leading a protest during the Presidential Search by what felt like a complete accident. These two major events ended up giving me a platform on campus that I wasn't really sure what to do with.
About 8 months before, I had been on a guest on then-Secretary of Health & Wellness Katie Cohen's Hear Me Out podcast where I talked about mental health in minority communities. I enjoyed the experience and was interested in podcasting for the future but was too busy to put any ideas into fruition at the time.
During the summer of 2019, I was a Student Life & Student Affairs Intern in the Leadership & Service Center. One day, I was working on a project that required gathering contact media fro Student Media. While on the Garnet Media Group website, I ended up stumbling upon an application to create a podcast. I thought about it for a few days and decided to fill it out.
I decided to name the podcast The Patchwork Feminist. A patchwork quilt is comprised of many colors and patterns that come together to create one singular story. I believe that women are much like patchwork quilts. I am an African-American, female first-generation college student born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and all of these attributes contribute to how I see myself as a woman as well as how I see the world. In my podcast, I dive deep into culture and relevant current events as well as issues that impact women and women of color specifically.
As I wrap up my second season of the show with countless hours worth of content, I've been able to have guests on the show from all types of races, genders, sexual orientation, ages, occupations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and more. Through this platform, I've been able to bring attention to several important issues and have thought-provoking conversations to gain new perspectives.
Show topics have included:
The Patchwork Feminist is Garnet Media Group's second-highest rated podcast and the first podcast to ever be sponsored. Through hosting my podcast, I've gained a much better understanding of myself as well as a much better understanding of others and their life experiences, Being "The Patchwork Feminist" has been a great way for me to become a better advocate for the issues that I care about and open my mind up to the challenges of others.