CaMD Scholars

Self-Directed Research Projects


The CaMD Scholar program provides the unique opportunity for current Lowers and Uppers to conduct funded, self-directed research projects over the summer and present their work to our community. CaMD Scholars focus on projects investigating equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. The scholars create complementary programming to supplement and illuminate their research: anything from a short documentary clip, to a panel discussion, to a guest performer. One CaMD Scholar, whose work examines race relations or human rights in the United States, preferably from an historical perspective, is designated as the Barbara Landis Chase CaMD Scholar.
CaMD Scholar Program Coordinator: Emma Staffaroni


Karen Sun, ’20

A Devil’s Advocate to God’s Advocates: Religious Language in American Presidential Campaigns
 In this presentation, Karen will explore religion in 21st century American presidential politics and the language it manifests on the campaign trail. She aims to draw connections between Americans’ religiosity, patriotism, and nostalgia and observe the relationship between the usage of religious language and marginalized identities in America.

May 8, 2020, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting


Natalie Shen, ’20


The Effects of (Mis)Representation in American Mainstream Visual Media on Asian American Youth
In our first virtual presentation, Natalie aims to share the untold history of manipulating cartoons as a means of disseminating racist Asian/American imagery. She will analyze the roles of Asian/American characters and how the perpetuation of harmful representation influences the crucial development of racial identity in children.

April 24, 2020, 8:00 pm EST, Zoom Meeting


Jeffrey Steele '20. Jeffrey is sitting on the ground against a window. You can see Jeffrey's reflection in the window.

Jeffrey Steele ’20

The Digital Mirror: How Minority-Focused Casts are Revolutionizing Representation in Television
In this presentation, Jeffrey will explore what positive representation means and why it matters. Steele’s research explores how creating casts that are primarily comprised of people of color, including Asian, Black, and Latinx actors, can have positive effects in the television industry.


Aissata Bah ’20

Barbara Landis Chase Scholar
Disempowered in Black Power? Rethinking Black Women’s Contributions to Activist Movements
By analyzing first-hand accounts of former Panther women, art pieces published in the Party’s newspapers, and other documents, Aissata’s presentation seeks to revolutionize contemporary narratives of the Black Panther Party, making them inclusive of the women who subverted the media’s hyper-masculine depiction of the Party.


Tenzin Sharlung ’20

Children of Refugees: Reclamation and the Courage to Tell our Stories
Sharlung’s research begins with an examination of the flaws in resettlement efforts that led to cycles of poverty and oppression. Her work focuses on Southeast Asian refugees and their children; generally speaking, refugee communities are under-researched, leading to a collective historic amnesia.


Chioma Ugwonali ’20

Killing Us Softly: The Impact of Stereotypes, Stress, and Diet on Low-Income, Black and Latinx Communities
Chioma’s presentation will introduce the need for a multi-pronged approach to environmental justice that includes everything from government incentives to better education on healthy eating.



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