Program Coordinator, Alice Paul Center and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
345 Fisher Bennett Hall
Shana Bahemat (she/her or they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist based on the unceded ancestral land of Lenni-Lenape, also known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work explores intergenerational trauma and its affects on bodies and memories in the diaspora by utilizing creative writing and archiving as a tool to document her experiences and the stories of her ancestors.
Shana holds a Bachelors in Intercultural Communications and a Masters in Women's & Gender Studies. In her role as Program Coordinator for the Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, she works to integrate academic discourse and community oriented activism through program design.
In their personal and professional life, Shana prioritizes creative approaches to the politics of food, culture and her family history through the frameworks of women of color feminisms, queer studies, and Iranian feminisms.
Shana (RYT-200) is a yoga student and teacher, committed to bringing awareness to the intersections of social justice and yoga by creating trauma-informed, affirming spaces that offer practices of healing for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC. Currently, she is immersed in the Skill in Action 75hr Online Continuing Education Program with Michelle C. Johnson centered on radicalizing wellness and spiritual spaces.
You can find Shana’s work in their most recent project, Words in Practice: a free/donation based newsletter that explores the practices of collective care through meditation, storytelling, rituals, and recipes and more.