Education Justice, Trans* and Queer Liberation, Racial Justice

JaQuan Beachem is a millennial interested in utilizing the arts for community creation and social change. JaQuan is a first generation Atlanta Posse scholar that recently graduated from Bard College with a bachelor’s in Theater & Performance. While an undergraduate through Executive & the Multicultural Diversity Committees he helped reinstate and institutionalize the Council for Inclusive Excellence on campus which strives to evaluate the campus climate. During his fellowship year with a YP4 fellow, JaQuan co-founded CREATIVE RESISTANCE, which aims to foster space for folks to engage with art as a means of reflection, to explore identity and trauma. This art collective pulls from the philosophies of authentic movement, mindfulness and ensemble theater practices. Currently, JaQuan works with his alma mater’s Admissions Office where he plans to continue facilitating critical social justice-oriented conversations while bridging the gaps in representation and educational access within higher education.