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On Monday, July 30, West Chester University's Frederick Douglass Institute will recognize this year's Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars at the 15th annual campus and community reception.
The reception takes place from 12 to 2 p.m. in Philips Autograph Library, with presentations beginning at 12:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested; call 610-436-2766 or email email@example.com.
Three individuals were selected to participate in this year's program, which offers teaching opportunities to graduate students entering the final year of terminal degree and doctoral programs and preparing to be college teachers. Selected scholars teach or co-teach one course during one of the Summer Sessions.
Jayleen Galarza, a Ph.D. candidate in human sexuality at Widener University, is collecting data for her dissertation on identity among Latina Women who have Sex with Women (WSW), specifically, their perspectives on adopting a queer identity with Latina(o) communities.
A mental health therapist for adolescents within an alternative school setting in Delaware County, she is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists as a sex therapist.
Le'Brian Patrick is a Southern Region Education Board doctoral scholar and a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University, where he earned both his B.A. in anthropology and his M.A. in sociology.
His research focuses on criminology, gender studies and sexuality studies. In his dissertation on the subjective experiences of formerly incarcerated Black males, he has developed an innovative explanation of recidivism variation in the United States across groups, primarily in terms of racial/ethnic and gender differences.
Rachel G. Volkens received her B.A. in English from Widener University and her masterís in education from Cabrini College. She is working on her doctorate in higher education and adult learning from Walden University of Minnesota, where she is working with her dissertation chair to develop her topic and prospectus.
In addition to being an educator and student, she is director of a local Philadelphia choir and has performed in concerts in Philadelphia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. She also volunteers for the Community Learning Center, a GED program serving adults in Philadelphia.
For more information on this year's Douglass Scholars, visit the Frederick Douglass Institute website .