History and Sociology
Morehead City, NC
Mentor: Mary Jo Festle
Project title: Three Decades of Change: The History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Life at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill
I started this semester by taking a trip to Baltimore, Maryland for Creating Change, the largest national LGBTQ conference in the country. I was able to go to sessions related to social justice, LGBTQ history, and LGBTQ issues in higher education. I met some of the scholars who inspired my thesis research, which was really neat. Once I got back, I went straight to work finishing my thesis. I took a couple of breaks in February and March, when I co-facilitated two programs for LGBTQ student leaders in Charlotte an Efland, NC. In Efland, I also discussed the implications of my research with student leaders from Duke, UNC, and a couple of other schools. I finished my thesis in late March (rounding in at about 130 pages) as I was traveling back from presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where I was also invited to participate in a Diversity Roundtable. In March, I was also quoted discussing LGBTQ bullying/harassment in higher education in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. I successfully defended my thesis in mid-April and presented at the Student Undergraduate Research Forum on campus shortly thereafter. Additionally, I was selected to be a camp counselor at Campus Pride’s summer leadership camp in Nashville, TN, again. I also secured a summer fellowship with Campus Pride in Charlotte, NC after graduation.
Vlog from Creating Change
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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