Library Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2023 Ethnic Studies Research Paper Award Winner

The CSUMB Library is pleased to announce the winners of our 2023 Ethnic Studies Research Paper Award. Melissa June Boose, Alexandra De La Cruz Reyes, Palia Vang, and Nizhoni Hawthorne have won for their podcast, "The Removal of Beach Flats Community Garden: A Case of Environmental Racism." The podcast "details the plight of the community, interviews a documentarian who followed the struggle for the garden, and explains that environmental racism is not always massive companies dumping toxic waste. Environmental racism can happen on a much smaller scale even in areas we don’t expect." Kelly Christensen and Paige Monier have won for their podcast, "The Reclamation of Two-Spirit Identity." The podcast "looked into the history of two-spirit people, briefly talking about what happened to them during colonization, with a deeper look into how the two-spirit identity as been reclaimed and used as a way for queer indigenous people to connect with both their culture, and their personal identity."

The podcasts can be accessed through Digital Commons.