Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Hebblethwaite
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied to the Scholars program to provide myself with a chance to learn more about the culture of Haitian Vodou. There is so much misconception about this lifestyle and I am hoping I can help to provide a more clear view of its intricacies and heritage. I would love to share my research with other researchers in this field and compile all of our learnings into a comprehensive documentary detailing the origins and modifications of Vodou through time."
Latin American Studies
- Haitian studies
- Language studies
- Intermediate Haitian Creole Student of the Year, 2011-2012
- National Merit Scholar.
- Golden Key International Honours Society
- Center for Undergraduate Research
- St. Francis House
- Gainesville Adopt-a-Street
- Green Team
- Milk and Bookies
- Invisible Children
Hobbies and Interests
- Exploring Gainesville
- Working on my website
Haitian Vodou in Miami (Working)
Haitian Vodou is an intense and elaborate creolized religion that stemmed from cohabitation of multiple African religions with French Catholicism in colonial Haiti. It was born of revolution, and to the people that "serve the spirits," Vodou is not just a religion; it is a way of life. I have been filming and photographing Vodou ceremonies in North Miami, Florida and interviewing Vodouists to find out why they practice Vodou, what Vodou really is, and why it should be considered equal to all other religions.