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Senior Capstone Projects from 2021

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Korean International Students (yuhaksaengs) in New York City: A phenomenological study on the US college experiences of Korean international students in relation to privilege, class, and race, Ji Won Kim

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Understanding Pedagogies of Care: An Investigation of Educator Experiences Supporting Special Education Students Throughout the Juvenile Justice Process, Tessa Kirtzman

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Vassar Students’ and High School Counselors’ Perceptions on the Role of the School Counselor: A Study on the Similarities and Differences, Marissa Steinberg

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Inviting Inquiry: A Pattern Language for Learning Spaces, Kate Walters

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Your Best American Girl: Asian American Sexual Literacies in Family, Schooling, & Media, Annie Wang

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Education for Abolition: A Prison Abolitionist Curriculum for a Youth After-School Program, Ella Xiao

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Inclusive STEM Education at Vassar College: Perceptions, Practices, and Lessons Learned from Teaching Under COVID-19, Naike Ye

Senior Capstone Projects from 2020

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Music Mentorship for Empowerment, Aidan Anderson

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A Gamers Thoughts: An Exploration Into Marginalization in Video Games, Kevin Arce

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“Well, I’m thinking about horse poverty”: Teaching and Learning about Social Justice and the Arts with Elementary School Students, Sophie Kennen

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Students’ Perceptions of Positive School Experiences: An Investigation on the Similarities and Differences Over Time, Marisa Peczuh

Senior Capstone Projects from 2017

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Easier said than done: collaborative pedagogy and its challenges in the Vassar College Writing Center, Liza Garrity

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One common picture: the politics of character development and discipline at a ‘no-excuses’ charter school, Shania Lily Harford

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“War with stereotypes”: the educational experiences, aspirations, and motivations of low-income, Asian American students, Andy Li

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Barriers to racial consciousness in Asian Americans, Amanda Ma

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Talking about educating teachers: neoliberal rhetoric and the teaching profession since 1983, Aleena Malik

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Rurally raised students: displacement for higher education, Neena McBaer

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Making (sense of) history after apartheid: neoliberal education in the ‘new’ South Africa, Caitlin Munchick

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The low-income, first generation and Latinx experience: resilience at an elite predominantly white liberal arts institution, Abigail Romero

Senior Capstone Projects from 2016

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Beyond the margins: invisibility and violence against Middle Eastern and North African American students in the orientalist, post-9/11 world, Ramy H. Abbady

Productive contradictions: challenges and opportunities in talking with elementary school students about race, Samantha Basch

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Mother knows best: female perspectives on standardized testing and opting out in New York City, Kelsey Karpman

Food fight: the communal struggle for food justice in Poughkeepsie city schools, Elana Marble

Stealing away: a study of the Black Studies Movement and its afterlife at Vassar College, Alejandro McGhee

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The business of mirror-making: historical perspectives on three New York state educational opportunity programs, Camilla Pfeiffer

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In this space: a critical race perspective on the career aspirations of Latinas at Vassar College, Mary Rivera

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“Tests and rubrics and checklists don't create good teachers” – the significance of empowering teachers, Blake Rumuly

Race in the writing workshop: The ideology of colorblindness and the stories of three Asian-American writers speaking out against it, Nghiem Tran

Senior Capstone Projects from 2015

Queer Hermeneutics for an Unbound Temporality: Schools as Passageway, Andrew Thomas Murphy

Empowering Art and Transforming Spaces: Museums, Community, and Social Justice, Lily Ngaruiya

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Creativity In Question: The Infiltration Of The Common Core State Standards Into The Realm of Visual Arts After School Programs, Stephanie Osei-Sarpong

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mis able gestures: on teachings, learnings, and educations of home, Sarah Pradhan

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Making Knowledge, Making Power: The Impact of Restorative Discipline Practices in Three New York City Schools, Rebecca J. Shubert

Trusting Teachers as Educational Experts: Listening to Teachers as a Key Ingredient in Educational Reform Policy, Leigh Yakubowski

Deconstructing the Asian-American Student: Storytelling through Portraiture, Michelle Yuan

Senior Capstone Projects from 2014

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Differentiating the Common Core: Establishing the importance of place, population, and politics in creating a relevant and valuable curriculum, Cara La’i Ana Chaudron

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The Teaching of Japanese at Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Peter Dang

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Creative Literacy: Reading Workshops at Poughkeepsie High School, Emma Daniels

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From Public to Private Space: The Territorialization of the Poughkeepsie City School District And the Four Pillars Charter School, Anna Schlosser