Celebrating the diversity symposium awards were (front row, left to right) Kandann Coleman, Alexis Kieffer, Priscilla Perez, Haley Perkins and Krista Weaver; and (back row, left to right) Cordula Mora, Christopher Carter and John Fischer.
Students recognized for diversity studies
“Diversity” was the operative word March 21 at a ceremony honoring the winners of the 2017
second annual Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity. Students had conducted research on wide-ranging topics, from how Medicare affects life satisfaction among the elderly to how perceptions of black women’s hairstyles impact their job prospects. Four presentations were recognized for outstanding excellence: two group projects and two individual winners.
“The symposium was an impressive event,” said Dr. Cordula Mora, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), which hosted the event. “There were 45 posters presented by 85 students. This is such an important topic, especially right now. We need to take every opportunity to teach about diversity, because ignorance breeds fear. We need to champion diversity and use education to provide insight into the lives of others.”
Winning for their independent studies were Kandann Coleman, a senior and McNair Scholar majoring in nutrition and chemistry, for “Secure Your Bobby Pins and Secure Your Job: The Relationship Between Natural Hair and Job Security,” mentored by Tracy Tabaczynski, McNair Scholars Program; and Christopher Carter, also a senior McNair Scholar, majoring in education and minoring in music, for “The Journey to a New World: Uncovering Realities of First-Generation College Students,” mentored by Dr. Tim Murnen, School of Teaching and Learning.
The winning group presentations, both from classes with Hee Soon Lee, social work, were “Current Bullying Prevention Programs and Policies in Schools,” by DeAndra Grant, Emily Kalman, Alexis Kieffer and Kaitlin Pohlman; and “Medicare and Life Satisfaction,” by Krista Weaver, Priscilla Perez and Haley Perkins.