Brielle Entzminger graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2019, receiving her bachelor's degree in Media Studies and American Studies and a minor in French. She currently serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the Weldon Cooper Center Media Team. She is an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow and has formerly interned at Charlottesville Tomorrow, Ivy Publications, and Rush Hour Daily. She is passionate about writing about race, ethnicity, intersectional feminism, entertainment, pop culture, and politics.
Outside of her work, she enjoys dancing, writing, reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends, family, and boyfriend. She been dancing since I was three and am trained in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and tap. She has a passion for teaching children as well, having volunteered at multiple schools in the Charlottesville area.
Where are you from?
Triangle, Virginia. It's a small town in Northern Virginia.
What brought you to the Cooper Center?
At the end of the 2018 fall semester, Miles, my supervisor, sent out an email to the Media Studies listserv advertising the newly-formed Cooper Center Media Team. I was immediately interested in joining the team; it would not only help me to improve and expand my resume but also work around my busy schedule. At the beginning of the spring semester, I inquired about the position and, soon, I was hired!
What is something you are passionate about?
Dance! I have been dancing since I was three years old and am trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. From fifth grade to twelfth grade, I was a member of my dance studio's competition team. During all of my years at UVA, I was a member of and choreographer for the University Dance Club.
Where is the next place you would like to travel?
What is your most unusual talent?
I can crack my knees at any time.
Who is your hero or inspiration?
I have many inspirations, but one of them is my grandma. As a Black woman, she has faced many injustices and struggles throughout her life. Nonetheless, she worked hard to care and provide for my mom and her seven siblings. She has also been a loving wife to and faithful caregiver for my grandfather for many years. Her love, perseverance, and overall positive outlook on life inspire me to break down barriers and be the best I can be.
What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?
Olives. Greek olives, black olives, pitted olives, unpitted olives - I love them all!
What is something people would never guess about you?
I attended Christian schools for most of my life. UVA was the first public school I ever attended.
What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?
After the Sorensen Gala in April, the Cooper Center threw the Media Team a pizza party to thank us for the work we did for the gala. It was great to be able to take a break from my work and eat yummy pizza, as well as joke around and get to know my coworkers a little better.
What does public service mean to you?
Using your privileges and resources to best serve your community.