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Jourdan Sayers

Jsayers-jourdan_flowersourdan Sayers is a second-year  doctoral student in Environmental Psychology. Their research centers on the ways queer and trans people of color make and maintain place and the factors that support the production of QTPoC space. Prior to starting at the Graduate Center, Jourdan earned their B.A. in urban studies, specializing in anthropology, at Columbia University. Their undergraduate thesis focused on spatial contestation between residential and non-residential members of communities, specifically examining use of Greenwich Village public space by queer and transgender youth of color and the ways gay-identified spaces in the neighborhood often exclude the most vulnerable of queer-identified people.

Jourdan has worked in editing and grant-writing for New Village Press, most recently conducting rigorous oral history interviews with author Carl C. Anthony in order to complete The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race (2017). They now serve on the board of New Village Press. From 2016-2017, Jourdan was the inaugural Equitable Public Space Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, where they worked to center equity and meaningful engagement in the many facets of Design Trust’s work. Jourdan is also an active member of the Audre Lorde Project.

Jourdan can be reached at jsayers (at) gradcenter (dot) cuny (dot) edu.

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