Rezilience Williamson is rising senior at Duke University. Originally from Mebane, NC, they are majoring in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Education and pursuing a Teaching License in Secondary Education. Their dream is to become a high school teacher who educates and empowers black and brown children through mathematics. Rezilience believes that poetry is a powerful source for liberation, exploration, and community building. They have really been able to reclaim their narrative and embrace healing through poetry. 

This summer, Rezilience will explore how Durham’s Queer communities forge social space for queer and transgender youth of color to navigate racism, sexism, and heterosexism. Building on the work of Marlon Riggs, who looks at how identities are lived in specific time and place, Rezilience will virtually interview local teachers, parents, and community leaders about how they create practices that cultivate support networks for queer and transgender youth of color.