University: George Washington University
Organization(s): Students for Justice in Palestine GWU, Jewish Voice for Peace GWU
Cecelia Halle is a Jewish American activist/artist based in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA. She is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace at GW and is a member of the coordinating committee for Students for Justice in Palestine at GW.
Cecelia currently studies Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the George Washington University. Her academic research focuses on creating post-colonial, anti-imperialist art history, which actively resists Western modes of periodization and canonization.
Her organizing efforts at the George Washington University include founding Divest This Time (DTT), a coalition of students and student organizations committed to pressuring the George Washington University to divest from corporations complicit in the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. In 2017, DTT brought esteemed professor Angela Davis to speak at the launch of their first divestment campaign. In 2018, DTT successfully passed their divestment resolution, SR-S18-21: The Protection of Palestinian Human Rights Act.
Cecelia is also deeply committed to social justice based arts advocacy and education, where she merges her skills in community organizing and activism, history writing, and art/archive making to empower youth.
Cecelia’s other interests include documenting and archiving family history, Jewish leftist traditions, Jewish anarchism, organizing within the diaspora, letter press print making, and contemporary art.