Synatra Smith, Ph.D.

Synatra Smith, Ph.D.

My goal for VoiceLots is to unite social media with activism in order to create a socially responsible space of creation and impact.
Oakland, US
Experience
VoiceLots, Inc.

President @VoiceLots, Inc. • Co-Founder

VoiceLots meaningfully connects social change agents across the globe.

Jun '15 - Present (3 years 8 months)

Amazing things Synatra's made
My dissertation research focused on one of our target audiences: members of black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs). I conducted a thick ethnography that engages in the micro-analysis of the situationality of black middle-class collective identification processes through an examination of performances by members of the nine historically black sororities and fraternities at Atlanta Greek Picnic, an annual festival that occurs at the beginning of June in Atlanta, Georgia. This exploration of black Greek-letter organization (BGLO) performances uncovers processes through which young black middle-class individuals attempt to combine two universes that are at first glance in complete opposition to each other: the domain of the traditional black middle-class values with representations and fashions stemming from black popular culture, which I examine through a variety of BGLO staged and non-staged performances.
Education
Florida International University

Florida International University

Global and Sociocultural Studies Aug 2008 - May 2015

Florida International University

Florida International University

African and African Diaspora Studies Aug 2008 - May 2011

Florida International University

Florida International University

Global and Sociocultural Studies Aug 2008 - Apr 2011

Towson University

Towson University

Anthropology/Latin American Studies Jan 2006 - May 2008