Wittle's article was published in a refereed, national journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding undergraduate scholarship
Liora Wittle ’22 has published “Acceptance, Empowerment, and Change: The Experiences of LGBTQ Jewish Women at Camp Ramah and Beyond” in the Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Wittle’s article examines a group of LGBTQ Jewish women linked by their experiences with one Jewish summer camping network, Camp Ramah, focusing on how they experienced inclusion or exclusion and empowerment or disempowerment. Her research points to changes within the camping network and shows how LGBTQ women are seeking to create more welcoming and diverse communities.
“I hope that people who read my article realize that community can take many forms and has many dimensions, and that progress is being made towards creating accepting, inclusive communities in both secular and religious spaces,” Wittle said.
Wittle is graduating this week with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry and minors in Jewish Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies. She will begin the doctoral program in Chemistry at the University of Virginia this coming fall.
Wittle’s research was mentored by Geoffrey Claussen, the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and associate professor of Religious Studies and Lori and Eric Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies.
Her research was supported by a Scholar Development Grant from the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society.
The Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research is a refereed, national journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding undergraduate scholarship across the humanities, social and natural sciences. Additional information about the journal may be found at https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/bjur.