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Introducing the 2023-24 Student Advisory Board

The Stamps Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a team of undergraduate student leaders representing diverse identities and experiences. As a group, these students will meet regularly throughout the academic year to provide input and contribute to discussions around Stamps programs, new and existing initiatives, and the direction of the School, offering a valuable student perspective and voice. Additionally, members will engage in subcommittees with the goal of improving the student experience at Stamps. Welcome to the members of the Student Advisory Board!

Grace Dirig

Grace Dirig (BFA 24)

Creative practice: printmaking, ceramics, illustration, and sculpture
Pronouns: she/​her

Grace’s first priority in their creative practice is to create works that make her feel happy and accomplished. If the pieces that she creates make other people happy as well it’s a job well done, even if it’s only one other person. 

Lynn Sabieddine

Lynn Sabieddine (BA 25)

Creative practice: Website Design, UX Design, Graphic Design, Mixed Media
Pronouns: she/​her

As a newcomer to the massive art world and Stamps community, Lynn understands the trials and tribulations many future incoming and present undergraduate Stamps students may experience. She hopes to use the voice exhibited in her art and the privilege of being on the Stamps Advisory Board to positively influence the Stamps art community and ensure everyone is comfortable with future proposals.

Emily Mann

Emily Mann (BFA 24)

Creative practice: Printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and other fine arts
Pronouns: she/​her

Emily is passionate about promoting a lively creative environment amongst Stamps students, staff, and others in the community, championing robust making and collaboration. Some of her recent work explores themes of interconnected groups, spaces, and systems, which are ideas that inform her practical approach to community building and school initiatives with the Advisory Board.

Learn more about Emily at emi​ly​mann​.net

Portrait of Ethan Torain

Ethan Torain (BFA 24)

Creative practice: Printmaking, painting, drawing, graphic design, product design
Pronouns: he/​him

Ethan is a driven senior with a dual minor in user experience design and entrepreneurship. With an innate passion for community connectivity, problem-solving, and collaboration, his recent projects have centered around creating representational architectural spaces that showcase how structural design influences social behavior and facilitates access and connection among people.

Learn more: ettorain​.myport​fo​lio​.com

Portrait of Laila Burke-Graves

Laila Burke-Graves (BFA 27)

Creative practice: Drawing and Painting
Pronouns: she/​her

Laila is a dual-degree student hoping to create work in the Japanese animation industry. She enjoys animation and organizing projects, and is passionate about enriching the STAMPS community while making new friends.

portrait of Allana Tran

Allana Tran (BA 24)

Creative practice: Visual design, UI/UX, crafts and creative making in general :)
Pronouns: she/​her

Allana is a first-generation dual-degree student hoping to promote a better sense of community within Stamps. She enjoys trying new things, taking on new projects, and attending all sorts of events, workshops, and lectures.

Learn more: allanatt​.carrd​.co/

Dani Silva (BA 25)

Creative practice: Audio, Painting, Mixed Media

Bio for website: Dani is a first-generation student with an interest in biology. Her art practice is a method of research and communication that explores holistic healing.

Portrait of Victor Luis Garcia

Victor Luis Garcia (BFA 24)

Creative practice: Visual Communications and Illustration
Pronouns: He/​Him/​El

Victor Luis Garcia is a First-generation Queer Chicano Artist born and raised from the South-West side of Chicago. With great passion, Victor Luis depicts the narratives of his family through the use of visual language.

Learn more: vic​tor​luis​gar​cia​.com

Portrait of Naomi Rodriguez

Naomi Rodriguez (BFA Interarts Performance 25)

Creative practice: Fibers, Theatrical Design, Mixed Media, Performance
Pronouns: she/​they

The root of Naomi’s work and creative practice is building and understanding underrepresented communities. Intersectionality and social justice is Naomi’s main focus and will bring her practice into active community building and change to ensure the Stamps community is being heard.

Learn more: nomi​.ju​.mp

Portrait of Ikalanni Jahi

Ikalanni Jahi (BFA 24)

Creative practice: Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design
Pronouns: she/​her

Experienced with many affairs in the Stamps school, Ikalanni allocates a lot of her time to working with many parts of the Stamps staff and student organizations on how to increase the reach of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our classrooms and community. As these characteristics are entwined with her art and life, she is excited to be a part of the Advisory Board to help expand that reach to all demographics!

Learn more: ikalan​ni​an​gaya​.wixsite​.com