Emem Etti is currently completing a BFA in Film Production at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema while standing as the current Student Life Coordinator for the Fine Arts Students Alliance (FASA). They are dedicated to creating a vibrant, engaging and accessible community for all students at the university.
Emem has worked tirelessly to advocate for the entire student population by empowering the community at Concordia and greater Montreal. Emem has been instrumental in ensuring FASA’s support and organization of Black History Month activities, in the development of a Sustainability & Anti-Oppression Coordinator position at FASA, and in supporting and advocating for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ members. Leading this year’s “FASA Fest” orientation week, which involved community-building events across campus, Emem helped bring energy to new students through movie nights, art exhibits and tea parties. Emem also helped create the Black History Semester, which involves workshops, guest lectures and mixers of which Emem was a key facilitator. Through this level of community engagement, they have centered and promoted the voices of Queer and BIPOC artists, students and businesses in every project.
Emem’s valuable experience in galleries and as an artist in residence has allowed them to develop their creative practice alongside their community engagement work. This balance of creation and advocacy ensures that Emem’s peers are met with a nuanced, holistic understanding and a confident approach.