Saluting the Class of 2018

May 21, 2018

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration congratulates all members of the class of 2018, especially those working in the study of race, indigeneity, and transnational migration. In particular, the RITM Center wishes to highlight the following members of the graduating class.

Yale College

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) Class of 2018

graduating seniors

Congratulations to ER&M seniors Viviana Andazola Marquez, Viviana Arroyo, Ariege Besson, Raquel Bräu Díaz, Yoon Hee Chang, Phoebe Chatfield, Lauren Davila, Carolyn DeSchiffart, Daniela Dillarza, Ivetty Estepan, Aurora Fonseca, Sophie Freeman, Jennifer Gonzalez, Kiana Hernandez, Chad Hilliard, Rona Ji, Crystal Kong, Haylee Kushi, G Laster, Laura Leon, Harper Loonsk, Kinsley McNulty, Valeria Menendez, Nina Mesfin, Gregory Ng, Titania Nguyen, Mikaela Rabb, Nicole Sanchez Astupuma, Leah Shrestinian, Phyllis Thompson, and Evelyn Torres Abundis.

These Yale College graduates make up the largest class of majors in ER&M’s 20-year history!

Read more about them in a feature article published in YaleNews, entitled Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program celebrates largest graduating class.

the nakanishi prize winners

Awarded to two graduating seniors who, while maintaining high academic achievement, have provided exemplary leadership in enhancing race and/or ethnic relations at Yale College.

Ivetty Estepan African American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Read Ivetty Estepan’s prize citation
Haylee Kushi Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Read Haylee Kushi’s prize citation
william pickens prize winner

Awarded by the Department of African American Studies for outstanding senior essays in the field of African and African American Studies

Yoon Hee Chang African American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Read Yuni’s prize citation
Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Winter Break Fellowship Recipients

This fellowship for seniors in the Ethnicity, Race & Migration Program (ER&M) is awarded to support research projects on contemporary or historical topics related to race relations, regional or international migration, or indigenous communities.

Name Major(s)
Raquel Bräu Díaz Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Aurora Fonseca Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Laura Leon Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Gregory Ng Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Nicole Sanchez Astupuma Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Phyllis Thompson Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

 

RITM Summer Fellowship Recipients

The RITM Summer Fellowships support research by Yale students in any school or program on a contemporary or historical topic related to race relations, regional or international migration, or indigenous communities.

summer 2016
Name Major(s)
Jun Yan Chua History
Jake Colavolpe Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Cassandra Darrow Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Ivetty Estepan African American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Neema Githere African Studies
Nina Mesfin Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Alexander Zhang American Studies (B.A. and M.A.)
Summer 2017
Name Major(s)
Sofia Gulaid Environmental Studies
Erika Hairston Computer Science
Maya Jenkins African American Studies
Haylee Kushi Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Valeria Menendez Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Column O’Connor Latin American Studies
Mikaela Rabb Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and Global Affairs
Nicole Sanchez Astupuma Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

 

RITM Student Advisory Board Members

The Student Advisory Board advises the Center’s director on activities and operations and works on special projects such as the RITM Student Summer Research Symposium.

Name Major(s) Years on the RITM Student Advisory Board
Yoon Hee Chang African American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration 2016-2017
Haylee Kushi Ethnicity, Race, and Migration 2017
Katherine McCleary History 2016
Alejandra Padin-DuJon Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Mathematics and Philosophy 2016
Phyllis Thompson Ethnicity, Race, and Migration 2016-2017
Alexander Zhang American Studies (B.A. and M.A.) 2016

 

Prize Winners

Henry K. Hayase b.a. 1973 prize in asian american studies Prize Winners

Established in 1988, the Henry K. Hayase Prize is awarded annually to the best student paper or senior essay dealing with a topic relating to Asian American experiences in the United States. A faculty committee will select the winner who will be announced during the 2018 commencement ceremonies. The Henry K. Hayase Prize was established by the friends and alumni of Henry K. Hayase, who graduated from Yale College in 1973. This year’s winners—both members of the Yale College Class of 2018—are:

Angela Sim JE ‘18 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Emily Xiao JE ‘18 History

Justice Carlos R. Moreno Essay in Latina/o studies Prize Winners

The Justice Carlos R. Moreno Prize is awarded annually to the best senior essay focusing on the field of Latina/o Studies, or on the Latina/o experience in the United States. The prize is named for Carlos R. Moreno, who graduated from Yale College in 1970. This year’s winners—both members of the Yale College Class of 2018—are:

Laura Leon PC ‘18 Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

Viviana Andazola Marquez SY ‘18 Ethnicity, Race, & Migration

the alpheus henry snow prize winner

Awarded to that senior who “through the combination of intellectual achievement, character and personality, shall be adjudged by the faculty to have done the most for Yale by inspiring in his or her classmates an admiration and love for the best traditions of high scholarship.”

Jun Yan Chua SY ‘18 History RITM Summer Research Fellowship Recipient 2016 Read Jun Yan Chua’s prize citation

Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

RITM Dissertation Writing Group Members

Danielle Bainbridge

2018 Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies, Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Danielle, whose dissertation is titled, “Refinements of Cruelty: Enslavement and the Performance Archive,” participated in the RITM Center’s Dissertation Writing Group during the 2017-18 academic year.

Tina Post 

2018 Ph.D. in African American Studies and French

Tina, whose dissertation is titled, “Deadpan Aesthetics in Black Expressive Culture,” participated in the RITM Center’s Dissertation Writing Group during the 2016-17 academic year.

Reena Usha Rungoo 

2018 Ph.D. in African American Studies and French

Usha, whose dissertation is titled, “Textual Territories: Spatial Tropes and Narrative Subversion in the Mascarenes and the Antilles,” participated in the RITM Center’s Dissertation Writing Group during the 2017-18 academic year.

Shanna-Dolores Jean-Baptiste

2018 M.Phil. in African American Studies and French

Shanna, who participated in the RITM’s Dissertation Writing Group during the 2017-18 academic year, is en route to a Ph.D. in African American Studies and French.

Prize Winners

Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize

Awarded for the best written work by a Yale student on African or African-American art.  The prize is jointly administered by the History of Art and African American Studies Departments.  Students are nominated for the prize  by faculty members and advisors.

Tina Post African American Studies and French RITM Dissertation Working Group 2016-2017 Read Tina Post’s prize citation

RITM Research and Conference Travel Award Recipients

Name Department(s)/Program(s) Fellowship
Tess Lanzarotta History, Concentration in History of Science, History of Medicine 2017 Research and Conference Travel Award

 

Yale Divinity School

RITM Summer Fellowship and Research and Conference Travel Award Recipients

Name Department(s)/Program(s) Fellowship
Brittany Connolly Masters of Art in Religion 2017 Research and Conference Travel Award
Younghwa Kim Masters of Sacred Theology 2017 Summer Research Fellowship

 

RITM Student Advisory Board Members

Name Department(s)/Program(s) Years on the RITM Student Advisory Board
Younghwa Kim Masters of Sacred Theology 2017

 

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

RITM Research and Conference Travel Award Recipient

Name Department(s)/Program(s) Fellowship
Noah Schlager Masters of Environmental Science 2018 Research and Conference Travel Award

 

Yale School of Public Health

RITM Student Advisory Board Members

Name Department(s)/Program(s) Years on the RITM Student Advisory Board
Harim Yoo Masters of Public Health, Concentration in Modeling and Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases 2017