Le’Priya White was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Being an openly queer woman of color, Le’Priya knew that she wanted to help foster healthy spaces for Queer and Trans people of color. Creating a sense of community through activism and education was the goal she had set for herself to accomplish during her time at Oberlin College. During her college career, Le’Priya has taken on several leadership positions in community-focused organizations, such as being a co-chair for Zami, a group that operates as a safe space for queer and trans people of color, and co-coordinator of Queer Beers, a monthly community gathering for Queer and Trans students. At the end of her sophomore year, Le’Priya co-founded Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Hall, ensuring a community for QTPOC to live in a space dedicated to the love and support of Queer/Trans folks.

Le’Priya was awarded the Mellon Mays Fellowship in March 2017, a program dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minority groups and supporting those students on their path to pursuing a Ph.D. Her research focused on understanding the relationships between identity and self-representation through the fashion aesthetics of queer and trans* college students of color (QTSOC) at predominantly white colleges and universities. After graduating in May 2019, Le’Priya accepted an offer as an Oberlin Shansi Fellow and has been teaching English as a second language to graduate students and PhD students at Shanxi Agricultural University in Taigu, China.

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