2012 winners were Hsin-Mu Chen '14, Shan Davis '13, Pamela Palmer (Law School), Elizabeth Scott '14, and Charlotte Tregelles '13.
The 2011 Carol Woody Internship Award went to Madeleine DeSimone (Hispanic Studies/Government, '13). Madeleine interned at the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C. over the summer, translating documents and helping with research and cultural events programming.
Recipients of the 2010 Carol Woody Real World Internship Awards were Kate Ainsworth (Kinesiology/Sociology, '11), Jessica Gold (Sociology, '11), Kate Hibbs (Hispanic Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies, '10), and Virginia Jenkins (Hispanic Studies/Environmental Science and Policy, '10).
All four students used their Carol Woody funding to go on the W&M delegation with seven other W&M students and a group of Argentine students to Borderlinks, on the U.S./Mexico border. The students spent a week learning about border issues first-hand and studying a variety of organizations (both governmental and grass-roots) involved with
In 2009, Carol Woody Real World Internship Awards were given to Katherine Aument (Hispanic Studies/Sociology '09), Sewon Chung (Sociology, '10), and Amanda Potter (Latin American Studies/Film Studies, '10). All three students travelled to the Mexican/U.S. border to work with BorderLinks, a non-profit that offers educational programs on issues of immigration, community formation, sustainable development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S., and beyond.
Sewon Chung examined the ways in which "transnational social processes unfold locally in the everyday lives of Latina women." A recently naturalized citizen herself, Chung is interested in the links between globalization and women's labor along the border.
Here's what Sewon had to say about her experience: "The borderlands is the place where "space between two individuals shrinks with intimacy" (Anzaldúa 1987) In this intimate space, we conducted field research and on the field, I saw two different worlds coming together and forming an intersection. The trip to the border transformed my perception, not only of Latino migration, but also my own self-identity--a student, a daughter of immigrants, and a member of a community."
Katherine Aument, a senior Sociology/Hispanic Studies major, gathered information for her senior research project, conducting ethnographies planned with help from Borderlinks in Tucson/Nogales. She notes that "the research trip to the Border offers very practical outcomes" as well, since she may seek a job with Borderlinks or a kindred organization that addresses gender challenges in the area.
Amanda Potter, already a visitor to the Tuscon/Nogales areas over her winter break, returned to examine questions about what defines a "migrant" and human rights in this area.
Is it a coincidence that all three students chose to travel to the same area? No, all were in a course on the Borderlands. Professors Silvia Tandeciarz and Jennifer Bickham Mendez, of the Hispanic Studies and Sociology departments, designed and co-taught the course with a one-credit spring break travel option.