Annual Report

The Activist Artist

La’Shante Cox ’16

About

La’Shante Cox used her exceptional talents, passion, and creativity to make a name for herself as a student on campus, and continues to do so as an alumna.

Throughout her four years as a student, her list of responsibilities on campus was impressive.  As President of both Sankofa Umoja Nia and Seismic Step, program coordinator for several SPINT houses, a choreographer and dancer for Escape Velocity, a CoSA participant, and an overall leader in the greater Ursinus community, La’Shante established a presence on campus.

During her senior year, the Ursinus dance department held auditions for a student-choreographed piece to be performed on the Lenfest stage.  Previously, Ursinus College Dance Company shows had been exclusively choreographed by professionals. This was the first opportunity for a student to showcase their own work.

La’Shante auditioned for the coveted spot with a piece about race that combined dance with spoken word.  She was becoming increasingly passionate about topics concerning race. She took extra classes and audited others in order to gain more insight on African American and minority issues.  Her piece was chosen and La’Shante became the first Ursinus student to choreograph a dance for the Lenfest stage.

La’Shante is continuing to dance but currently she is focusing on her art and work with film.  When she was younger, she acted in short films and has recently been cast as one of the main extras for the upcoming film, Untitled Detroit Project, which tells the story of the Detroit riots. “It’s right up my alley of engaging with art that has meaning - art that has a purpose to bring awareness into this world in any way it can.”

She is excited to be working with Keith Harris (a Rochester N.Y., singer, poet, and producer) on a project collaboration and tour he is organizing on the black female voice. And, she is interested in creating multi-media short films that touch on social issues of sexuality, race, corruption, and social constructs in the hopes of sparking discussions and solutions for the many issues facing America today.

“Ursinus gave me the platform to create meaningful art that provokes thought on social issues and how we can alleviate them,” she says. “Without Ursinus, I wouldn’t have found my passion for videography nor would I have had the thought to use it in correlation with dance and spoken word for positive social change and awareness at Ursinus.

“Ursinus gave me the tools to fuel my passions and turn them into an actual possible career.”