MarChé Daughtry, Williams College
MarChé, a rising senior at Williams College, majors in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and American Studies, with concentrations in Africana Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Justice & Law Studies. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, their research focuses on blackness, disability, and labor. For their summer project, MarChé is adding a new dimension to their research by investigating disabled people’s experiences with BDSM. When not working on these projects, MarChé can be found reading romance novels or listening to music.
Rocky Douglas, Williams College
Rocky Douglas attends Williams College and majors in Economics with a concentration in Africana Studies. A rising senior from Houston, Rocky is interested in how housing and transportation policy/markets affect low-income people in urban centers. This summer she is researching the impact of the 2015 Houston bus-network reform on different socioeconomic groups’ access to public transportation. Rocky will continue this work in graduate school, where she plans to pursue a PhD in Sociology. Outside of her research, Rocky loves painting, spending time in nature, and listening to music.
University of California, Berkeley
Ateha Bailly, Reed College
Ateha is a rising senior from Upton, Massachusetts. He attends Reed College, where he studies Religion. Ateha is interested in the history and theology of specific religious traditions, such as Hinduism and Islam, as well as the theories and methods of Religious Studies. His summer research examines how advertisements of virtual reality appropriate discursive elements from religious and psychedelic experiences. Ateha enjoys Mixed Martial Arts and writing and recording music.
Kayla Jackson, Bates College
Kayla Jackson is a rising senior at Bates College, originally from Metuchen, New Jersey. She double majors in Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Kayla’s summer research centers around Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, workplace grooming policies, and the legal treatment of black women’s hair.
Lillyanne Pham, Reed College
Lillyanne, a student at Reed College, is driven to make complex information as accessible and concise as possible. As the child of refugees, she has witnessed marginalized communities’ struggles with communication in education, workplaces, and social settings. Lillyanne hopes to use her experiences with new media to empower marginalized groups to represent their identity and resist the cis, white, hetero, ableist patriarchy. She researches narratives of undocumented youths and The DREAM Act Movement. Besides using academia as a tool to empower, Lillyanne experiments with spoken word poetry and co-edits the Reed College journal Receipts for and by people of color.
University of Chicago
LaMar Gayles, St. Olaf College
Artist, art historian, and jeweler LaMar was born in Chicago, IL. At St. Olaf College, he triple majors in Art History, Ethno-Aesthetics, and Race and Ethnic Studies. His work is a deep exploration into the social-perception of race and cultural materiality, with a focus on aesthetic objects from West Africa and the Black Diaspora in the Americas and Europe. For the past three years, LaMar has been a Collections Assistant at St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum. His hobbies include painting, making jewelry, museum hopping, and of course writing about art.
Cecilia Pou Jové, Williams College
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cecilia is a rising senior at Williams College. She double majors in Comparative Literature and Arabic Studies, with a minor in Latin@ Studies. Cecilia’s summer research project examines the social impact of songs on Puerto Rican society after Hurricane María (2017). In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and learning languages.
Toni Wilson, Williams College
While she has lived in Newburgh, NY for almost 10 years, Toni is NYC born and raised. A rising senior at Williams College, Toni majors in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, with a concentration in Africana Studies. At Williams, she is a Board Member of the Berkshire Doula Project and the mental health advocacy group Peer Health. Toni recently organized Peer Health’s “Menstrual Wellness Campaign,” which provided free menstrual cups to the Williams student body. This summer, she is researching media representations of black queer women’s sexuality and intimacy.
University of Michigan
Kaliph Brown, Dickinson College
Kaliph (pronounced Kah-leaf) is a first-generation college student at Dickinson College. He is interested in the links between Theater and Psychology, the two fields in which he is majoring. Kaliph’s research is grounded in social and cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on how and why people interact with each other and their environments. At Dickinson, he is a Resident Advisor, a Tour Guide, a Mermaid Player (theater troupe), a Crescendevil (a capella group), a Scene Shop Assistant, a Trendsetter (first-gen to college club), and a Brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. Kaliph aspires to perform as a professional actor, become a counseling psychologist, or both.
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