This summer, five Andover students, chosen by the Office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD), will be participating in the 2015-2016 CAMD Scholar Program. Claire Glover ’16, Joon Ho “Jake” Kim ’16, Alexis Lefft ’16, Ashley Scott ’16 and Carson Wardell ’16 were picked from a pool of 20 applicants.
Each student’s project has to include components of “diversity, multiculturalism, community and/or identity,” according to the CAMD Scholar application.
“We were always looking for projects that are fairly different from ones we [have] done in the past [and are] also a nice compliment for each other – none too similar to each other,” said CAMD Scholar Coordinator Aya Murata.
The application process included an autobiographical statement, a project proposal, a rough bibliography and a recommendation from an advisor.
**CLAIRE GLOVER ’16**
Advisor: Head of School John Palfrey.
Glover’s project, “Journeys Home, Echoes of Heritage,” focuses on the definition of ‘home’ for children growing up in the United States from second or first generation parents.
“I chose my topic because I really like thinking about home and what home means to different people. I’m really interested in genealogy and my personal story – where my parents came from and where their parents came from,” said Glover.
Glover hopes to explore how ethnicity influences individuals’ reasons for returning to the homeland of their ancestors.
After seeing several CAMD presentations, Glover was inspired to do one of her own.
“There’s something about…being able to do something that you want to, being independent about your learning. I was homeschooled for a year, and I really like the independent
learning, or sort of being able to decide on something myself,” said Glover.
Since she lives on the Andover campus, Glover plans to use school resources for her research.
**JOON HO “JAKE” KIM ’16**
Advisor: Susanne Torabi, International Student Coordinator.
Kim’s research will focus on the academic pressures Korean students face, in his project, “Addressing the Threats of the Hierarchy Culture to the Well-Being of Korean Teenagers”.
“I chose [this topic] because the issue that I am trying to address is something that I actually experienced in my own life,” Kim said.
Kim’s motivation to become a CAMD scholar came from personal experience, and he hopes to teach the Andover community more about the topic.
“I [want the Andover community] to know that this is a really big issue, and getting good grades is not just something Asians want to do, it is something that maybe they need to do at times to satisfy adults,” said Kim.
For his research, Kim will conduct surveys in several Korean public schools. Kim will also interview students at Andover, then compare the information from Andover to the data from Korean public schools.
“ All I have is a basic idea about where this culture came from, but I want to learn more about how and exactly when this culture came across,” said Kim.
**ALEXIS LEFFT ’16**
Advisor: Onaje Woodbine, Instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Lefft’s project, called “The Predominantly White Institution and its Role in the Identity Formation of African American Students,” will explore the way predominantly white institutions influence how black students see themselves.
Lefft has thought about the topic throughout her time at Andover. “I was startled when I got to Andover, because it was the first time I, not necessarily felt out of place, but felt a certain discomfort, as a result of being black,” said Lefft in an interview with The Phillipian.
Lefft hopes to better inform people about students of color, through her research.
Lefft wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “The aim of this project is not simply descriptive. Rather, I seek also to present a pedagogical model, one that empowers educators and African-American students and resists the sociocultural forces that might prevent minority groups from thriving in the classroom and on school campuses.”
**ASHLEY SCOTT ’16**
Advisor: Anne Gardner, Director of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Scott wished to focus on race and religion, as she considers religion as something not often talked about on campus, so she will explore both topics in her project, “Spirituals and the Inversion of the African American Church.”
“I wanted to tie [religion] into a topic that people know about, race, and…had talked about previously,” said Scott.
Scott also practiced religion growing up, and she felt that her topic “really hit close to home.”
“I really wanted to open people’s eyes to an identity that I relate…I want people to realize that religion is just as important as other aspects of identity,” said Scott.
For her research, Scott plans on using literature such as W.E.B. Dubois’ “Souls of Black Folk,” which has an entire chapter focused on spirituals.
“In the end I am probably going to focus on a couple spirituals [in which] the melody stayed throughout the ages, because the words have tended to change. So I am going to see what spirituals have stayed the same, what spirituals have changed over the years,” said Scott.
**CARSON WARDELL ’16**
Advisor: Claire Gallou, Instructor in French.
In Wardell’s project, “The Rise of Islamophobia and the Integration of Muslims in France,” Wardell will research discrimination against Muslim immigrants and the efforts of assimilating the Muslim population in France.
The idea for the topic came to Wardell last year when he was an intern for the French Consulate in Chicago. There, he became friends with many Muslims who had immigrated to France and faced discrimination.
“By talking to [my friends], I became very interested in the discrimination they have faced even though they have been pretty successful. They [have] master’s degrees… they had certain success, yet they still face some sort of discrimination,” said Wardell in an interview with The Phillipian.
As part of his research, Wardell will travel with Gallou to France, where they plan to conduct “on the ground” research. Wardell said, however, that his research will primarily focus on “literature…and political science analysis on the situation.”
“I just hope that I’ll be able to do justice to [the topic] and really dive as deeply as I think the issue deserves,” said Wardell.