Thank you to Graham Robertson, Sarah Vazquez, and Rocio Hernandez for their outstanding independent research projects this year!
|Graham RobertsonGrowing up in Winter Park, Florida, Alistair “Graham” Robertson (SFS ’11) spent most of his childhood cultivating intense passions for the outdoors, marine life, and music. At Georgetown, he majored in Culture and Politics with a certificate in Latin American Studies and synthesized his interests in music, politics, and marginalized populations. Graham spent his fellowship studying DC’s street musicians. The fellowship complemented his senior thesis work on “The Role of Argentine Rock’s Progressive Musical Features in Crafting an Antiauthoritarian Social Movement (1976 – 1983).” For his fellowship, Graham studied the culture, music, and role in the broader community of DC’s street musicians. For his final project, he produced a film featuring several musicians. Watch a clip of the film here.|
|Sarah VazquezSarah Vazquez (COL ’13) is majoring in American Studies. She is from both California and Chicago. She works as a student EMT and is a member of Georgetown Solidarity Committee. Sarah has participated in campaigns supporting agricultural workers in the United States and their student ally groups. For her fellowship, she created a photo book reflecting on and sharing her experience in the Coalition of Immokalee’s spring 2011 campaign. She participated in several mass mobilizations, conducted interviews with coalition members, experts and Student Farmworker Alliance members, and took all of the photos featured in her self-published book.|
|Rocio HernandezRocio Hernandez (SFS ’11) is from Los Angeles, California. At Georgetown, Rocio majored in Culture and Politics with a concentration in social movements. She studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. During her time at Georgetown she was involved in Georgetown Solidarity Committee, MeChA, and Students for a New Democratic Society and has previously interned with Codepink: Women for Peace. Rocio is currently working at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment on a campaign to highlight the companies that caused the financial crisis and to help shift the public debate away from austerity to having those that caused the crisis pay their fair share in fixing it. Rocio’s fellowship focused on the benefits that union membership brings to women, specifically the reduction of wage gaps between genders in unionized workplaces.|