Board Of Directors

 
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Jamil Jorge - President

My name is Jamil Jorge—Paisoc’s president! I am an ethnomusicology doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned my MA researching Black drum corps from 1950s and 1960s. I am of Nicaraguan, Palestinian, Filipino, and Italian descent. Aside from performing in 7th Regiment for three years, I played percussion for modern, contemporary, West African and Caribbean dance classes, trombone in Dixie bands and Afro-pop bands, and many other ensembles. I am part of PAISOC because it’s clear to see that some performing opportunities are becoming more expensive, which can oftentimes economically marginalize students of color, especially in the marching arts. By creating a community that promotes diversity, I hope we can provide financial assistance to as many students as possible so they can have life changing experiences in the performing arts.

 
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Jani Springer - Vice president

My name is Jani Springer and I’m the vice president for PAISOC! I am a certified athletic trainer and currently pursuing my master’s in education at Bethany College in West Virginia. My ethnicity is West Indian, and I grew up in southeastern Connecticut. My performing arts career started with tap and ballet when I was three years-old. After playing the flute and clarinet from elementary school to high school and with a background in gymnastics I found my performing arts niche was color guard. I have performed with the 7th Regiment, and the Boston Crusaders. I am still actively involved with the activity by incorporating my athletic training profession by providing medical services for drum corps’ like the Madison Scouts, the Santa Clara Vanguard and most recently the Colts.

The performing arts have played a significant role in my life from my closest friends to the person I have become today. I am a part of PAISOC because I believe that any person no matter what their background or financial state should have the opportunity to pursue their passion in the performing arts.

 
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jonathan miller - treasurer

Hello! My name is Jonathan Miller, the treasurer for PAISOC. I am a PhD student in microbiology at UMass Amherst and received my BS in biology at UConn Storrs. I marched 7th Regiment DBC for four seasons: two on G bugle, one as drum major, and my last one on baritone. At university, I performed with the Pride of Connecticut and participated in concert band. I believe that a complete education of our children must extend beyond traditional classroom learning. My own experiences through the performing arts helped me to improve innumerable and invaluable character traits ranging from technical skills like leadership and time management, to more difficult to define, but just as important traits, like compassion and a sense of personal responsibility. I hope to share these positive experiences by promoting a more inclusive and diverse membership in the performing arts (drum corps in particular) at time where skyrocketing membership fees are leaving young adults, especially from marginalized communities, with fewer opportunities to participate.

 
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Melissa Xie - Secretary

 
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Rachel Jorge - Fundraising chair

My name is Rachel Jorge, and I am the fundraising chair of PAISOC. I am a Doctor of Audiology at University Otolaryngology in Rhode Island. I am of African American and West Indian descent, and grew up in Connecticut. I have been involved in performing arts for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate enough to have parents who were able to support my passions as they put me through dance, piano lessons, orchestra, choir, and drum corps. I believe that these activities shaped me into the person I am today, and I am grateful that I was able to experience and learn from them. I also know that not everyone is that lucky. This is why I decided to become involved in PAISOC. In most of the activities that I was a part of, I was one of the few minorities involved. It wasn’t until I started marching in drum corps that I was surrounded by other people of color. Unfortunately, however, as the activity became more expensive, the amount of diversity seemed to disappear, and I was again in the minority. By being involved in an organization such as PAISOC, I hope to not only allow students of color to follow their passions; I also hope to spread awareness that there is a lack of diversity in the arts, and to hopefully start to change that.

 
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Bianca Doone

My name is Bianca Doone and I’m one of the members at large for PAISOC. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I also obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Sciences. I currently work on the Admin Team for 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, teach the Cymbal Line at the University of New Haven, and perform in the UMass Hoop Band. My ethnicity is mixed, half Indian and half European, and I grew up in Eastern Massachusetts. I have been involved in the performing arts since the first grade, and have made it a part of my life ever since. I am a part of PAISOC because I believe that opportunity should be accessible to everyone. Every student of color, and students in general, should be exposed to and given an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. By encouraging diversity in the performing arts, we can create opportunity for all.

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Cynthia su

My name is Cindy Su and I am a member at large for PAISOC. I am currently work as a rape crisis counselor for teens and young adults in the North Shore of Massachusetts. I identify as a non-black or brown woman of color and as first generation Chinese American. I began started in the performance arts when I was a freshman in high school in the colorguard in my high school band. I grew up in a small and predominantly white town so by the time I was in high school,  the lack of diversity in the marching band was no surprise to me. It wasn’t until I started participating in winterguard, did I truly recognize the lack in diversity and actually saw other people of color performing at WGI events. I realized as I continued with my education, that representation and visibility is so crucial to P.O.C’s mental wellness and community, which drew me to this organization. I knew the rising costs of the performing arts and how it would further impact and economically marginalized P.O.C. communities and so this is the opportunity to help those communities and I wanted to be a part of something to help level the playing fields. This is why this is so important to me, because this could change a young person’s life and ability to access amazing performing opportunities.