I tell black stories.


Whitney A. Spencer is an educator working with , writer, and filmmaker with marginalized students in higher education spaces. Her academic work, specifically, focuses on black and brown youth activists creation and dissemination of knowledge, and equal representation for marginalized knowledge practices. She is currently in the process of developing her multimedia thesis project at DePaul University, an extension of her TEDx talk “Reimagining the Intellectual”.

Whitney is a visual storyteller, focused on mastering the tools of filmmaking in order to reshape the understanding of the visual, cultural and intellectual aesthetics of self-defined Blackness. She strives to create in the tradition of the great Octavia Butler – “Tell stories filled with facts. Make people touch and taste and know. Make people Feel! Feel! Feel!”

In the Fall of 2018, after completing her first short documentary Joy/Pain, she served as an intern at Kartemquin Films under the accomplished documentary filmmaker, artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin, Gordon Quinn. Most recently, Whitney was awarded the 2019 Roger Ebert Sundance Fellowship. She is in early pre-production on her first narrative short and her second documentary short and researching for a feature length documentary.

Whitney has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Sociology, a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services, and is expected to graduate in June with her Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies.