My name is Olivia Holmes, and this summer, I have the pleasure of interning with the great team here at Swirl! I will be blogging, tweeting, doing some research, and aiding Swirl in any and all ways that I can.
I am a native New Yorker, currently home for the summer from my second home at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. The fact that I am Biracial (my mother is Caucasian and my father is African American), has greatly impacted my academic interests. In my sophomore year at Guilford, I sought out other Biracial students to get an understanding of their experience of the college. I was surprised to find that none of us knew each other and that there was not a place to meet and share experiences between us. So I founded the Guilford Multiracial and Multiethnic Group to create this space. Through creating the Guilford Multiracial and Multiethnic Group I have found that it is critically important that the Multiracial community connect and share experiences. Doing so is important for the diversity of our nation and for our understanding of ourselves.
This summer with Swirl, my major project will be conducting research examining perceptions of Multiracial peoples. Research regarding Multiracial persons is still fairly new, so there are a lot of things that haven’t been explored! This is really exciting for me as I love asking questions and formulating hypotheses.
My upcoming research project will regard Multiracial self-esteem and personal ideas on race. For the next couple of months, I will be blogging weekly about various social science research studies regarding this topic. Expect to see a survey later this summer in which you will be able to participate!