Exhibition Curators

Ines Anous

Research and Design

My name is Ines and I am an English tutor at BMCC. I graduated from BMCC with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and am currently a senior student in Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For this exhibition, I highlight the contribution of Gertrude Bustill Mossell (1855-1948) to the fight for the rights of African American women. I interview two female change makers who believe in the power of their voices and actions. My projects speak of stories conveying courage and strength.

Owen Lian

Website / Graphics and Interviewer

My name is Owen and I am aN Academic success and scholarship workshop facilitator. I am currently studying computer science at bmcc and I helped to create this website! For this exhibition,  I interviewed a female change maker about her experiences growing up as a woman of color and about her advocacy work as a peer-mentor. I am excited about the opportunity to learn more about the suffrage movement and more specifically about the stories of influential women of color during the movement.

Khadiza Nesa

Research and Design

My name is Khadiza Nesa and my major is Computer Information system, and this is my 3rd semester at BMCC and a second semester working for ASAP as a tutor and Supplemental instruction leader.
Besides working on the computer, I like to read about history, and fantasy and sci-fi books. Since I began reading about African American women in the suffrage movement, I have learned a lot about women’s empowerment and how they fought for their civil rights. I decided to participate in the Exhibition because I want to learn more about the history of women’s voting rights and about these women’s lives.

Opeoluwa Olaniyan


My name is Opeoluwa Olaniyan, I am a Math SI leader for ASAP, and also the Vice President of the Asap premedical society at BMCC. I graduated from BMCC June 2019 with an associate degree in Science, and I am currently at Hunter college with a Biological science major. I also have a passion for music. I believe that all women should have the right to vote freely without any form of coercion. I will be performing some inspiring music for the exhibition, and I hope that through this medium, women can find their voice and strength once again.

Jessica Rosenthal

Research and Design

My name is Jessica and I am an English tutor for ASAP. I graduated from BMCC with a degree in Liberal Arts in 2018, and I am now in my last semester at Hunter, getting my BA in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy.
Politics and history has always been written and controlled by those with the most power. I am very excited to be a part of this project and to learn more about those women who were not given the recognition they deserved during the fight for the right to vote in the United States.

Wesley Sanders

Research and Design / Interviewer

I am a graduate from BMCC majoring in literature and creative writing. I am an avid reader, passionate writer, and aspiring teacher. I am dedicated to fighting for social justice in areas that affect people in my community and beyond, such as police brutality, prison reform, and women’s rights. I am happy to be a part of this exhibition because it allows ME the opportunity to learn about women of color from the past and their fight for equality.

Jahkwan Taillefer


I am a computer science major currently attending BMCC, set to graduate in the Spring 2020 semester. A keen interest in the technical field and desire for a platform where others may share their experiences led me to aid in the creation of this website. Taking part in this exhibition has allowed me to bear witness to a number of moving stories and gain a better understanding of history, something I wish to share with any and all who view the exhibition.

Yan Wang

Research and Design

My name is Yan Wang, and I am an ASAP Accounting tutor. I participated in the ASAP women exhibition project because I believe that the right to vote is an important part of civil rights. Thanks to the contributions of early women suffragists, especially those suffragists who were women of color, women can now exercise the right to vote and participate in government work. As one of the ASAP women exhibition participants, I am excited to read, learn, and tell the stories of these women in the suffrage movement.


Mariama Faye (Yama)


I am an ordinary woman learning and doing extraordinary things.  Born and raised in The Gambia, EAST Africa, my vision is to create a safe environment where conversations and ideas are born regarding Mental Health and Education.

Samavia Gulfam


I am a senior at Columbia University majoring in Biology. Being the daughter of a caring nurse and an altruistic father, I decided to choose a career that focuses on wellbeing for others. I aspire to become a neurosurgeon and understand the exhilarating nature of the human brain.

Workshop Facilitators

Maria Garcia

Interview Workshop Facilitator

Maria Garcia joined ASAP recently as an Academic Program Coordinator; previously, she was an adjunct professor at BMCC. Maria has authored two books and is currently writing a third. She is most interested in the work of female writer-directors, especially filmmakers from underrepresented communities. Maria is excited about the exhibition, and the potential students have to transform the white narrative of female suffrage in America.

Sharell Walker

Research Workshop Facilitator / Research consultant

Sharell Walker is the Student Outreach and Instruction Librarian at the A. Phillip Randolph Library, Borough of Manhattan Community College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library Sciences and a Masters Degree in English Literature. She is a native New Yorker and enjoys serving her community by supporting the growth and development of BMCC students.


Anita Tarnai


Anita Tarnai is the Academic Program Specialist at ASAP, in which capacity she provides academic support to students in areas ranging from tutoring to academic skill set building and scholarship application workshops . She also oversees the ASAP Society Initiative and introduced the ASAP Exhibition Initiative, with its first exhibition the “Unsung Heroines of Color.”.