Center on Race and Social Problems

Announced: Student Paper Award Winners 2019

Congratulations! (L - R) Corey Brooks, BPhil and Cindy J. Vincente, MSW

The student paper award winner in the undergraduate category for 2019 is Corey Brooks, BPhil in Communication Rhetoric, Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies for their paper titled: “Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Environmental Racism, Sustainability and the Flint Water Crisis" written for professor Joshua Bloom's course in Women's Studies.

The paper examines the history of Flint leading up to the Flint water crisis through the lens of Bonilla-Silva's theory of "colorblind racism."   Corey is currently taking some time off from academia and is working in the Development Department at Animal Friends. They plan to continue their academic studies in 2021 by pursuing interdisciplinary graduate work that explores themes from communication, sociology, and gender and sexuality studies. 

The student paper award winner in the master's degree category for 2019 is Cindy J. Vincente, Master of Social Work, for their paper titled "Cuba y el Colorismo: El Socialismo es un Sueño Fallido de Equidad."

The author took on a very difficult topic of the role of race in Cuba, as there is scant information and data to understand the racial problem within Cuban society. Acknowledging this “silence”, this paper laid out a clear picture of the issues related to people of color and how historical forces, along with contemporary realities, have allowed racial disparities to persist until today.

Cindy’s paper was written for the study abroad course “Cuban Social Policy” written for the Study Abroad course in Cuba with professors Valire Copeland, James Huguley and Larry E. Davis.

Immediate plans for Cindy include that they are currently working on State Rep. Jake Wheatley’s reelection campaign as a Field Organizer and was recently hired as the COVID-19 Resource Coordinator with Landforce Pittsburgh. Additionally, Cindy is planning to apply to a law or PhD program later this year.