Callean Arvelo

Mentor: Dr. Vincent Adejumo

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"A PhD student told me about the this research opportunity, I got involved so that I could expand upon my research on masculinity, work closely with a professor I admire, learn how to do research, and hopefully this opportunity will help stand out when applying for law school."




African American Studies

Research Interests

  • Advocacy for Students
  • Expanding Dialogue

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Recreation Sports
  • Samuel Proctor Oral History Program


  • UF Orthopedic Center

Hobbies and Interests

  • Fitness
  • Reading
  • Bingewatching Netflix

Research Description

Redefining Themselves
To investigate the possibility of internalized hegemonic masculinity on the UF campus, and determine how students accommodate American masculine ideals in their own lives. It is important to investigate this issue because gauging understanding is a first step in education, and education is a first step in validating the fluidity of masculinity and femininity; ultimately giving validation to the existence of queer individuals, such as transgender and gender queer students. From this research, I hope to start a dialogue that brings that brings acknowledgment to the erasure of queered people.