Tirrea Billings brings creativity, passion, and a vision to the Strategic Community Partners team as our Media Coordinator. Tirrea Billings is a documentary filmmaker and freelance videographer that tells stories about social justice, human rights, and the experiences of people of color. Her ultimate goal is to be a producer for documentary films, producing documentaries about current issues and social justice, particularly within the black community. Additionally, she wants to be the change that the media industry needs today: more women and more people of color. Tirrea has worked with an array of organizations, including the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, ESPN, HGTV, and The Word Network.
Tirrea received her Bachelor of Arts in Film, Video, Media Studies from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2016. In addition to running her company, For the Culture Films, she serves as the Chair of the Youth Summit on Racism Committee for the Society for History and Racial Equity and volunteers with the Merze Tate Explorers, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching young girls about traveling, media, and writing the same way Merze Tate (the first African American to graduate from WMU) did. She aims to empower and encourage women and people of color in the media industry and be that voice needed to give us the recognition that we deserve, and wants to be a part of the change needed to diversify the industry.