Starting in late June, CCPS junior Iyanah Fuller spent six weeks at the University of Michigan as a participant in the prestigious Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS). Only 56 students are chosen nationwide to take part on one of four campuses around the nation.
Iyanah joined 17 other juniors in Ann Arbor for the seminar titled, “In Search of Identity: Performance of Blackness, and Representations of Gender and Sexuality.” Led by two college professors and assisted by two other TASS program alumni who serve as the course factotums, Iyanah and her fellow students read, discussed, performed, and wrote about the complex issues at the center of her seminar topic.
As part of the residential seminar, Iyanah stayed in the University of Michigan dorms and had a good dose of college life, using some of the free time to explore Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. Reflecting on her summer, Iyanah said, “It was a life changing experience. We learned to be enlightened scholars, who are deeply aware of all the challenges and issues surrounding race, gender, and sexuality, but who do not succumb to cynicism and negativity through that awareness.”
Iyanah is the first Cottonwood student to be chosen for the program, and she hopes her experience will inspire other students to apply.