press, features, & interviews
September 29, 2020 | article source
An unusual school year has started in earnest, and with it has come the return of digital proctoring programs. This is software that can lock down students’ computers, record their faces and scan their rooms, all with the intention to thwart cheating.
These programs, with names like ProctorU and Proctorio, first raised alarms about privacy as they were adopted by schools. Now many students are finding that the programs they’re required to use may not have been well-designed to consider race, class or disability — and in some cases, simply don’t work. Many are organizing on and across campuses for alternatives or for their eradication.
January 30, 2020 | article feature
How Professional Artists Deal With Chronic Conditions: “I was following the ‘sleep when you’re dead’ mentality that’s celebrated in the art world, where people get judgmental if an artist is not doing as much work as possible… even if that means sacrificing your own health.”
December 3, 2019 | instagram TV feature
On Inclusion: In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities today, I spoke with cultural worker @taysydberg in Scorpio Season about ways the transformational community - coaches, trainers, therapists, and metaphysicians -can be as inclusive as possible for readers and clients with disabilities.
June 12, 2019 | podcast episode guest
NEW EPISODE! Writer / activist / model / marvel @taysydberg joined Lauren this week to talk about living with Lyme, POTS and Hashimoto's. One topic that's very clear in Sydney's work, as well as in our discussion: IDENTITY. Let's get into it. Tune in now on @itunes or wherever you listen to podcasts!
May 31, 2019 | article feature
6 creatives on how to make self-care more inclusive: "The main issue I have with the wellness industry is that it's often unfortunately utilized as a way to blame people for their health or lack thereof. The wellness industry doesn't factor in genetics, socioeconomics, location and environment, or luck, which are all factors with a huge influence on disability and chronic illness."
May 7, 2019 | instagram feature
It started with a Winglet date to see a Wrinkle in Time and quickly turned into a night of bonding over advocacy around personal illnesses. Not too long later, Wing members @taysydberg and @aditijuneja3 decided to start a support circle for folks with invisible illnesses— and tonight they host their fourth Invisible Illness Support Circle at The Wing!!!
March 28, 2019 | video feature w interview and behind-the-scenes footage
Meet Three Emerging Voices in Sustainable Fashion: Recently, I had the chance to speak with three emerging designers in the sustainable fashion community. They each have a unique voice yet share a passion for creating change through their work. Most compelling about these designers, aside from their obvious drive and talent, is their clear sense of purpose. They each feel the urgency of the sustainable mission and have taken personal responsibility to push the fashion community towards ethical design practices.
March 12, 2019 | instagram feature
October 1, 2018 | twitter feature
September 20, 2018 | twitter feature
Forever proud of our Winglet @taysydberg who just published this incredible essay about living with an invisible disability and self-advocacy. Floored by you!!!!!
July 29, 2018 | interview
Non-Binary Writer + Activist, T. Sydney Bergeron Mikus, on Tick Borne Diseases: Ever heard of Tick Borne Diseases? If not, then you’ve probably heard about one of the most common tick borne diseases (TBD) which is Lyme disease. It’s a serious illness caused by a bite from an infected tick and according to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, “Ticks pick up the bacteria by biting infected animals, and then pass it on to other animals, including human hosts.” I caught up with a T. Sydney Bergeron Mikus, an activist for TBD prevention and treatment. She definitely gave me more insight into how she lives with her illness and what she’s doing to spread awareness. Here’s what she had to say.
May 30, 2018 | article feature
what dating is like when you're disabled: "It’s unfortunate that it falls on marginalised communities to speak up about our experiences to promote change, but I do believe that’s key to inspiring adaptations in how our society functions to include us in the ways we need and deserve."
May 25, 2018 | snapchat takeover
"Hi! I'm Sydney Bergeron Mikus, and I'm taking over Teen Vogue's Snapchat today for Lyme Awareness Month to talk about Lyme disease! And yes, it is what Bella Hadid has, as well as Anwar and Yolanda."
May 25, 2018 | twitter feature
May 14, 2018 | twitter feature
May 1, 2018 | campaign collaboration and interview
DO IT FOR THE CAUSE DURING LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH: In honor of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we are donating a percentage of proceeds from all Do It For the Graham Palette sales to the Global Lyme Alliance! Our mission is to be Better not Bitter... And we were inspired by the story of Sydney, a Beauty Bakerie Sweetie who was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2017.
Mar 27, 2018 | quote in twitter moment
I'm a nonbinary, disabled femme, and @the_wing is one of the only spaces I can go to feel safe, because I know men aren't there and the Wing makes an effort to cater to minorities.
March 25, 2018 |mention in article
The Lessons a Teen Activist Want You to Learn From the March for Our Lives: For every student-turned-activist like Emma González, back in Parkland, there are hundreds more still quietly dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy. Those hundreds, though, are invisible in the media, as are those like one of my dear friends, the community organizer and disability advocate T. Sydney Bergeron Mikus, who organized a day of at-home activism in Brooklyn on Saturday for those who couldn’t make their way to a march. Another close friend of mine who’d been hoping to attend found herself instead having to figure out her anxiety medication and make sure her health was in order. These are valid reasons to sit out on the IRL action and find other forms of protests—the type we’re now also demanding deserve publicity.
November 14, 2017 | instagram feature
The best thing about cold weather: all the layers. 🌬 | 📷: @taysydberg
March 14, 2017 | instagram feature
@taysydberg is hand knitting these vulva sweaters to benefit PPNYC! They're custom so you can choose your own colors. 💕
August 28, 2016 | interview
Ever wondered what it would be like to intern for one of your favorite magazines? My friend Sydney Bergeron is currently living out that daydream as a digital editorial intern for Nylon. As an aspiring fashion designer, she not only is getting the ever-glamourous experience of working in fashion, but she is also developing a name for herself within the fashion and editorial world. She was even able to take over Nylon’s Snapchat to show her tutorial on how to make flower petal eyelashes! I asked Sydney how she would feel about being interviewed about her internship and she was more than happy to provide us all with her daily schedule, tips and overall advice on how to land that perfect fashion internship!
June 2, 2016 | feature on brand blog
UP YOUR CONTRAST WITH BOLD BLUES AND OTHER HUES: We’ve got the secret recipe to make sure your makeup is the only accessory you’ll need this summer. Sydney Bergeron Mikus, fashion specialist and writer for Nylon, guides us on how to create a captivating look full of contrasting colors. Sydney's favorite thing about fashion and beauty is "performing different personas through your styling."
February 5, 2016 | instagram feature
when our intern @taysydberg's hair is an actual work of art 😍🌈✨
2015 | street style photo
Green pigtails, a flower crown, blue lips, and multi-colored brows?! We're in awe of this ultra-unique beauty look.
awards & honors
Sept 20, 2019
Guest on Uninvisible Pod, the winner of the 2019 WEGO Health Awards in the Best in Show: Podcast category.
The New School x Teen Vogue Summit
Parsons x PPNYC Design Fellowship
Design fellowship & stipend
Dean's Merit Scholarship
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Recurring annual scholarship award
Lancaster County Young Artist Awards
Echo Valley Committee Choice Award
Gold Award - Apparel x2
Silver Award - Jewelry x2
Silver Award - Apparel x2
Silver Award - Art & Design
May 3, 2012
Lancaster County Young Artist Awards
Exhibition Award - Jewelry
Silver Award - Jewelry x2
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Silver Key - Poetry