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Corcoran Students of Color

Current students are welcome to join a student-led group, Corcoran Students of Color (CSOC). Sign up for updates here. If you have any questions about the collective, please feel free to email Hannah Sturgis, Theatre & Journalism and Mass Communications B.A., ’21 or Jolien Louis, Theatre, B.A. ’21 at [email protected] and [email protected].

Upcoming Meetings

Virtual Meeting – Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1 PM EST


Student at graduation ceremony


Female student on Corcoran stairs


Student working at easel



About the Group

As students of art, we are often taught that to better our craft we must know ourselves. But in the pursuit of a well-rounded arts education, it is often difficult to come to understand ourselves as artists if our education does not consider us in totality.

When we first thought about forming Corcoran Students of Color, this was the issue we had been considering for ourselves. We understood that as women of color, and particularly as Black women who want to work in the arts, the education we sought after and the work we aspired to create diverged greatly from the canon that crafted our syllabi. So, after many private discussions and then a few public meetings in the Spring of 2019, Corcoran Students of Color was formed.

As we relaunch this collective, we do so with the firm intention and purpose to care for our community. This collective will nurture the community of BIPOC student artists from every discipline in the Corcoran to give them a place to commiserate, collaborate, and critique—resulting in the display of our work at the end of every semester. In doing this, your artistry will be nurtured and elevated from a perspective different from what you typically receive in class.

Corcoran Students of Color working as a collective can only thrive with the involvement of students of color who feel passionate about how their identity and their art intersect. This group is open to undergraduate and graduate students and majors and minors at the Corcoran. Having a support system as an artist of color is a rare but invaluable experience that we know we, not only, benefited from, but also, needed to grow into the women we are today.


Hannah Sturgis

Hannah Sturgis, Theatre & Journalism and Mass Communications B.A., ’21


Jolien Louis

Jolien Louis, Theatre, B.A. ’21



Outside of this student-run group, here are other resources for students at GW:


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources at GW


Header image courtesy of Mariah Miranda. Corcoran graduation 2019.