Class of 2025: Cohort 34
Sabrina Gray (She/Her) is a Growth and Structure of Cities major with an interest in film and comparative literature. She is originally from Montgomery, Ohio but has spent most of her life between Atlanta, Georgia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Her experiences in both Atlanta and Nairobi ground her research into the systems that support and hinder the integration of various African immigrants into Atlanta's modern urban and social fold. She will explore these relations while raising questions about the complicated relationship between identity and space. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys singing in her a cappella group, The Acabellas, reading any fantasy book she can get her hands on, and spending time immersed in nature.
Eryn (they/them) is a queer Chinese American adoptee born in Fengcheng, Jiangxi and raised in New York. Their work delves into the intersectionality between queer kinship formation and adoptive family structures with a focus on identity formation and childhood development. In understanding the colonial origins and implications of transracial/-national adoption, they hope to deconstruct the dominant - and thereby default - narratives of adoption informed largely by the white gaze. Outside of academia, Eryn is passionate about their arts nonprofit work in the Philly area with Monument Lab and Asian Arts Initiative. They are the co-founder of Bi-Co Asian Adoptees, a group dedicated to fostering connection and community amongst the many adoptees at their college.
Roshan is an English major from Champaign, Illinois with an interest in trans studies from postcolonial perspectives. His research examines transness and gender variance in moments of colonial interaction using transhistorical and comparative approaches. He plans to focus on transhistorical patterns that emerge in the kinds of genders that are allowed and disallowed by both the colonizers and the colonized. They hope to explore the ways in which transness is condensed or expanded through the process of colonization, as well as how it can become complicit in colonialism and whiteness. Roshan hopes to incorporate his interests in ethnomusicology and dance anthropology into his research, to explore gendered embodiment in movement and art. Outside of academics, Roshan loves dancing in the student group Afreen, playing flute in the Bi-College Orchestra and Chamber Music, and playing piano, guitar, and tabla with their family. He enjoys leadership positions at the Carpenter-Collier Libraries and in the Bryn Mawr South Asian Students organization and the BIPOC-centered theater troupe, Hypotheticals & Co.
Juliana (She/They) is a Mexican American Houstonian majoring in Sociology with a Minor in Latin America Studies. Their research interests lie in Race and Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, and Human Rights. Her research focuses on Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous communities from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero who reside in Los Angeles, California. She looks to study these communities’ specific relationship with racial identities and the Mexican nation-state. Their study will capture oral histories of and scholarship on Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous, and non-Indigenous communities, thus furthering our understanding of the silencing and violence faced by Indigenous peoples in Mexico and the diaspora. Juliana hopes to start conversations on the matter of race within Mexico and the varying experiences that people face because of their proximity to whiteness, indigeneity, blackness, mestizaje, etc. In their free time, Juliana dedicates her time reading scholarly archives, researching decoloniality and finding ways to be involved in the community's efforts to create inclusive environments. She is in student organizations like Mujeres* and Mawrters for Immigrant Justice and is the President of Zami+, the queer BIPOC group on campus!
Peyton (she/they) is a native Houstonian who loves to soak up the sun. They are an Anthropology major with an intended minor in Africana Studies and a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Her research explores the complicated relationship between the Houston Police Department (HPD) and a historically Black community in Houston, Third Ward. Taking an ethnographic approach, they intend to call attention to the ways in which the HPD’s method of policing in Third Ward engages in and enables passive oppression to establish job security by increasing and/or maintaining HPD profit through the exploitation of community violence. In non-academic settings, Peyton enjoys crocheting, long distance running, and spending time with her cat!
Class of 2024: Cohort 33
Alloyah is a senior from Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing an independent major in Health, Culture, and Society. She is currently being advised by Prof. Piper Sledge of the Sociology department and Dr. Anna West of the Health studies department at Haverford College. Alloyah’s research interest are centered around how race and culture drives education outcomes in underserved communities and how to address disparities through effective advocacy and communication initiatives. Over the summer, she conducted some of her research while interning at The African Family Health Organization (AFAHO). Within the community that is AFAHO, she worked to strengthen community health culture and facilitate social integration through the utilization of a unique peer support model that uses shared language, cultural expertise, advocacy, and system navigation knowledge to help individuals and families overcome social determinants, build community connections, and gain information and resources needed to thrive, improve health and educational outcomes, promote integration and support self-sufficiency. Outside of academia, Alloyah enjoys traveling abroad, writing spoken word, and going to the gym.
Keyla Benítez is a junior from Houston, Texas studying History and Museum Studies. Her research focuses on making archives accessible to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities in order to encourage exploration and understanding of their own history. Keyla is developing herself into an activist archivist with the guidance of Professor Monique Scott (Associate Professor of History of Art and Director of Museum Studies) and Allison Mills (the College Archivist). Keyla’s goal is to offer space for empowerment and self-determination through her archival work since archives have traditionally been used to maintain the power of privileged groups in society through erasure of culture. On campus, she is the Mujeres* Archivist, a “Who Built Bryn Mawr?” Intern, and a President’s History Advisory Group Committee Member. Off campus, she is a Fleisher Art Memorial Archives Intern in South Philadelphia.
Abyssinia Braud, also known as Abby, is from New Orleans, LA. She is pursuing a major in Sociology and a minor in Dance and Education. Her research focuses on the impact as well as success of college prep/access programs by analyzing the admissions, retention, and experiences of BIPOC students at elite colleges and universities. She hopes to do qualitative research by conducting interviews with BIPOC students who are currently a part of local and international college prep/access programs about their experiences at elite colleges and universities. My academic interest is to investigate issues within education that are affecting the BIPOC community. In addition to her MMUF, Abby works as a TLI where she is a student consultant for professors on campus. Along with her love for education she also loves to indulge herself into the dance world. She is a member of Rhythm and Motion Dance Company at Bryn Mawr & Swarthmore Colleges that represents styles based in the African Diaspora. Abby spends most of her free time with friends & family, shopping and dancing.
Kaia Chau is a senior from Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing a major in International Studies and a minor in Chinese. Her research interests include East Asian studies, Asian American studies, colonialism & imperialism, political organizing and gentrification. Growing up, she spent a lot of time in Philadelphia’s Chinatown as she attended the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School for elementary school. The school was founded by Asian American community activists and built in the footprint of what would have been a baseball stadium if not for the unified resistance of the Chinatown community. Kaia’s parents were highly involved in organizing and activism in the Asian American community and accumulated piles of documents, photos and archives from historical events in the community– from the construction of the famous Chinatown Friendship Gate to the grassroots protests that fought the construction of a casino and stadium in the neighborhood. Her research aims to preserve this history, as well as share stories of activism and working class organizing in Asian American communities
Sofia is a rising senior from Haverford, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a major in Political Science with a focus on political theory, a minor in Philosophy, and a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Sofia’s research centers around theories of political liberalism, and examines how its broad-- and sometimes inconsistent-- conceptions of autonomy underlie several contentious issues in contemporary politics. Her Mellon Mays project is being advised by Professor Paulina Ochoa-Espejo in the Political Science department at Haverford College, where Sofia is also completing her major. In addition to her MMUF research, Sofia works as a peer tutor and a member of the LT in the Bryn Mawr Writing Center. She enjoys working with students on writing and research projects, and in her free time, reading Isabel Allende novels, and spending time with her two dogs, Kodi and Finn.
Nelid Rios Morales
Nelid (she/her/ella) is a senior from Los Angeles, California. She is pursuing a major in Sociology and a minor in Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies. She is currently being advised by Prof. Veronica Montes of the Sociology Department and Prof. Jennifer Vargas of the English Department. Nelid is interested in research on deportation while specifically focusing on the emotions and psychological traumas' long-term effects. Nelid hopes to understand the emotional impact of a family member's deportation on the entire family. Empirically, for this project, Nelid will examine what kind of community support affected families have. She plans to examine the role of the festivity known as Niño de la Caridad. Niño de la Caridad is a local celebration that happens annually where the community comes together and shows the appreciation they have. It is a community fund where they support one another. People attend and donate to the community fund. She will study this festivity, which will help her understand people's coping strategies when a family member is deported. Outside of academics, Nelid likes to go hiking, go to the gym, play taekwondo, play soccer, or travel. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she hopes to pursue a PhD degree graduate program.