Class of 2021: Cohort 30
Savita Deo is a Linguistics major from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is interested in the intersection between Psychology and Linguistics, particularly with regards to multilingual child language development. She has chosen to work with the Zapotec people in Oaxaca, Mexico, and study language development in children who are learning both Zapotec - an endangered, indigenous language - and Spanish. With her research, she hopes to understand the greater implications on the brain when learning an endangered language with a more prominent language. Additionally, she also wants to spread more knowledge about the Zapotec community as a whole. This summer, she will be spending a month in Oaxaca with a team of other student researchers, collecting data for the Zapotec Talking Dictionary, developing relationships in the community, and planning a pilot study for her own research with children. Her research will be guided by Professor Brook Danielle Lillehaugen.
Zoe Garcia is an English Major with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality and a minor in LAILS. She hails from the second ward of Houston, Texas. Zoe is interested in looking at how larger industries target and marginalize specific ethnic/racialized groups in order to maintain socio-economic dominance and continue to profit off of these populations. Furthermore, her MMUF research project will specifically dig deeper into the experiences of black and brown queer youth of color within the educational industry. She will continue this research under the wonderful guidance of Professor Jennifer Harford Vargas.
Summyr-Ann Glover is a Posse scholar from Houston, TX, obtaining a History and English double major with a focus on medieval studies. She is interested in how the practice of violence during the medieval ages is understood through both historical and literary interpretation in multiple social spheres. As a subsection, She researching the spaces medieval women occupied. She hopes to understand the medieval society through the official records they kept and the literary works they translated their world into. She will embark on this adventure with the help of her amazing mentor Professor Truitt who is a medievalist in Bryn Mawr’s History department.
Casandra is an Anthropology major and Biology minor from Chicago, IL. She has a focus in human-ecological relationships within coastal environments. Specifically, she is researching how Indigenous populations in Latin American countries responded to climate change in the past and present. Through analyzing the archeological record and researching modern minority civilizations, she hopes to gain insight on how environmental changes were recognized in these countries. Her goal is to take the viewpoint away from the first-world countries and instead allow the voices of those silenced to be heard when it comes to these ecological problems in their communities. By doing research under Professor Casey Barrier and studying abroad in Granada, Spain, she wishes to delve deeper into these cultural and coastal differences.
Vic Say is an Environmental Studies major, focusing in Environmental Justice from Lynn, Massachusetts. She wants to research the access to sustainable “development” in relation to residential segregation. She is particularly interested in mainstream sustainable narratives, which are white narratives, and how we can reimagine and reform them through an environmental justice lens. Vic wants to interrogate the mainstream perception of sustainability and how it is rooted in white supremacy and colonialism.She is also interested and invested in researching how capital/capitalism acts and perpetuates environmental injustice in the context of Black and Brown communities in the United States. Vic’s mentor is the incredible Professor Carla May Dhillon in the Environmental Studies department.
Class of 2020: Cohort 29
Antonia Aguilar Cole
Arpita is a History major with a focus on Religion and Diaspora (and Food!) studies who calls multiple spaces home but hails from Massachusetts. Arpita's work is centered on questions of diasporic spirituality and queer kinship that is built from a place of difference. Geographically, this work resonates in many different places but Arpita's current work is engaging with the histories of Tamil-speaking indentured laborers in the Caribbean. As a historian, this research pushes back by being concerned with questions of what doesn't change over time? How do white colonial understandings of linear time actually silence the cosmologies and lived experiences of colonized black, indigenous, and brown peoples? What do folx hold on to and preserve in the midst of violent uprooting and environmental disorientation and how do we hold these tensions in queer diasporic spaces now? Furthermore, what does healing and restoration look like for queer and trans BIPOC bodies marked as errant by nation-making practices that include the creation of the traditional archive? Arpita is guided and supported by Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Díaz and Dr. James Padilioni.
Taylor McClain is a Political Science major from Philadelphia, Pa. She is broadly interested in researching the way that we live in communities. More specifically, she is interested in researching how democracies work to perpetuate uneven sacrifice even while attempting to address these sacrifices. Taylor wants to use Classics to understand ancient concepts democracy, justice, and citizenship in order to answer her questions about contemporary democracy in the United States. She is particularly enthused by the work of Danielle Allen. She is eager to begin her research under the mentorship of Joel Schlosser.
Cassandra Silva is a Sociology major and Political Science minor from New Haven, Connecticut. Deriving from an interest in both gender and race theory, Cassandra’s research works to bring these conversations together by examining social interactions. Acknowledging that people do not always adhere to generally accepted racial and gender categories and expectations, is it possible to apply the idea of “doing gender” to race? Cassandra aims to explore this question under the guidance of Professor Piper Sledge.