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Student Spotlight

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is proud of the many accomplishments of our students. In their research and writing, creative work, conference presentations, and community engagement activities, we see humanistic leadership in action. And as LAS students apply for, and win, prestigious awards and scholarships, move into top graduate and professional schools, or embark on exciting and meaningful careers, they bring the power of their education to bear on the issues and challenges of our world.


 

Interview with Mrs. Muriel Dorsey-Johnson
MA-Critical Ethnic Studies

I was academically challenged at DePaul. When I spoke to professors and mentors about the kind of theory or research interests I had, they knew what I was talking about and could provide me with the resources that challenged me intellectually and continued my growth as a scholar.

Why did you chose to be a student in the College of LAS at DePaul?

I chose to be a student in the College of LAS because of the Critical Ethnic Studies Program. I was attracted to the fact that this was a brand new program, the only program of it's kind in the country, with faculty and staff who were interested in creating new and creative theory and research. ​

How did you change and grow as a student here?

I felt that I was academically challenged at DePaul. When I spoke to professors and mentors about the kind of theory or research interests I had, they knew what I was talking about and could provide me with resources that challenged me intellectually and continued my growth as a scholar. I also have greatly appreciated the mentorship that I have gained here. Finding my community in the Center for Black Diaspora, The African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, and Women's and Gender Studies Programs has been the highlight of my time at DePaul. I have people that I can ask about jobs, research, and life, if necessary. I know that I have made lifelong connections here, so my growth does not end when graduate from DePaul, it continues. ​​

What are your most memorable academic experiences?

Participating in the "Crossing Boundaries: 4th Annual Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference," has been of my memorable experiences here at DePaul. It was my first opportunity to present my graduate research and I received a great response from my peers and professors. It also felt familiar in a sense and confirmed for me that being a scholar and becoming a professor would be a career path that I would pursue, now with much more seriousness. ​

Tell us how the achievement came about that we're spotlighting here.

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group Symposium “Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University” Conference was recommended by my program director, Laura Kina. I am also a part of a graduate student collective where I kept seeing the conference advertised. At that time, I had just gotten accepted into the LAS graduate conference and decided that I needed to apply. I applied and soon after received confirmation that I had been accepted. For me, it was another step in the right direction and confirmed that the resources and advisement that I was receiving at DePaul were a great fit for me. It was a great experience to be interacting with students would were just as passionate about developing our discipline and challenging the ways we could improve our institutions. ​

What do you want your post-DePaul life to look like?

Given the mission of the university, it is imperative that my work continue outside of the academy. I am going to take some time away from academia to work in my community before restarting a career in education, but with a focus on social work. I want to be a scholar who creates and redefines research, but is also active in my community. ​


  • Carrie Morris
    MA-Critical Ethnic Studies

    Ms. Morris, a student in the Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies program, presented her paper, "Redefining Feminism: Liberation and Self-Love in Hip-Hop Music," at the 2017 Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (CRES) Symposium, “Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University,” held April 21-22, 2017 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

  • Claire Sandberg
    BA-History of Art & Architecture

    Ms. Sandberg’s paper about the Renaissance woman artist, Sofonisba Anguissola (c.?1532 – 16 November 1625), was originally delivered at the 2016 annual symposium of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. It was included in the competitive Undergraduate Session at the Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) annual conference held at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Claire was mentored—a requirement of MAHS—by Associate Prof. Mark Pohlad. Claire received a grant from the LAS Undergraduate Research Fund to support her travel and stay in Cleveland for the conference.

  • Alexander Temes
    BA-Geography

    On Friday 28th April, 2017, Alex Temes won first place in the Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association (ILGISA) student poster competition at the Chicago Regional Meeting. Alex presented his analysis, "The Aftermath of a Mega-Fire: A Case Study of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire Through Remote Sensing," which examined a 2002 Arizona wildfire. Alex's poster was chosen following a vote by GIS professionals attending the meeting from throughout Illinois.

  • Kyla Patterson
    BA-Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse

    Kyla Patterson won a Fulbright for 2017-18 and will be working with school aged children in the Czechia (new name for the Czech Republic) teaching English and studying literacy in Czechia as part of the English Teach Assistant Program. She will also be expected to engage with the Czech community, and given her previous experience working with women's organizations, she plans on working closely with groups that support and promote gender equality.

  • Bushra Amiwala
    Minor-Community Service Studies

    Bushra is an Education major, with a minor in Community Service Studies. Recently she has launched her campaign for Cook Count commissioner of the 13th District, which includes Evanston, as college freshman. She credits her decision to an interaction with first- and third-graders. Her goal is to empower young people and those in minority communities through her candidacy, proving that they too have a place in politics.

  • Brooke Robinson
    BA-Geography

    The Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association gave Brooke Robinson, BA Geography, its 2016 undergraduate student scholarship at its annual conference, held in Lisle, IL, October 17-19, 2016.