2021 Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies Capstones
Monday, May 24, 1:30-3:30
“Saving Lives: Making Alternative Birthing Methods Mainstream to Improve Black Maternal Health Outcomes”
“Untangling whiteness: The Impact of whiteness on Black Womxn in Academic Spaces”
Abstract: This paper seeks to answer the questions: What is the role of a white researcher in the process of doing anti-racist work? How can one begin to divest themselves from whiteness in academic spaces? This study is grounded in my own personal experiences in a Black female academic space and through stories of Black womxn to illustrate mechanisms of whiteness. Furthermore, these experiences will be examined through a critical race theory lens. The goal of this research is to untangle the complexities of whiteness with the hope of creating space centered around Black womxn scholars.
Why I majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies: I majored in WMGS/GSRS because I am invested in deconstructing systemic oppression, specifically in the health care system. I am passionate about the intersections of identity and its impact on how we each experience the world. I am so thankful for the opportunity to pursue higher education and my tribe of professors, friends, and most importantly, my family, who supported me throughout this chapter!
“The Rhetorical Effect of Identity-Based Arguments: Kritikal Debate in High School Competition”
Abstract: In this study, I examine the rhetorical effect of a growing trend in competitive high-school debate, in which non-marginalized students read arguments rooted in marginalized identity. I propose that this trend creates a hostile environment within the debate round because it forces marginalized debaters to oppose their own identities and struggles to win the round.
Why I majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies: I majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies because one semester of Political Science classes was enough for me to decide being a politician was a terrible idea. In GSRS, I found a field that held a higher purpose and prioritized real-world praxis and making a difference in my community.
“Stronger Together: Strategies for Mutual Aid Organization at PLU”
Abstract: In “Stronger Together: Strategies for Mutual Aid Organization at PLU”, I contend that a mutual aid network is necessary for the PLU community to survive and thrive, and created a zine series with actionable steps we might take to divest from oppressive frameworks of power.
Why I majored in Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies: I majored in Gender, Sexuality and Race Studies because I saw myself reflected in the scholarship, and wanted to contribute to the field for my own benefit and for others like me. The critical skills I’ve gained from this field will be a central component of my professional life as I transition into my role as an educator in historically underserved communities.