"I applied to the University Scholars Program to have the opportunity to conduct research that would broaden my academic horizons, as well as combined my major and minor into one study. This program has allowed me to conduct research on social services in relation to sexuality in France. My expectations for this year are to analyze the research that I conducted over the summer, and produce a final product that draws valuable conclusions about the state of social services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in Paris, France and New York City, New York. Additionally, I hope to gain valuable guidence from my mentor as to how to properly conduct a research study, as well as how to analyze data and write academic research based on that data."
Social Services Sexuality Studies Gender Research.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
Child Advocate- Peaceful Paths, Gainesville, FL. (August 2009-December 2010).
Hobbies and Interests
- Animal Rights, traveling, French culture, film, and music.
Cross-Cultural Analysis of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Centers in Paris, France and New York City, New York
This project seeks to identify the differences in services provided to the LGBT community in the United States and France. The purpose of this research is to examine community centers and organizations designed around LGBT interests. To do so, I have done an in-depth case study where I reviewed organizational texts, conducted participant observations by attending groups, and compared histories, the demographics of populations served, as well as how each organization reflects the culturally specific approaches to serving LGBT people. Additionally, I consider the degree to which different government structures and varying degrees of the social marginalization are factors that influence the differences I have observed with in the contexts of taking a comparative case study approach to my research. The opportunity to cross-culturally compare New York City to Paris is an invaluable opportunity to examine the effects of community centers on the lives of LGBT people in two largely comparable but vastly different cities and social contexts.