Posts Tagged ‘research’

Hello Swirlies!

As I conclude my internship with Swirl Inc., I present the research that I have done, which examines if believing that race is a social construct correlates with a biracial individual’s self-esteem. Thank you to all who have participated! The following is an abridged version of the reasoning behind and findings of my research: (more…)

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As a Biracial college student, I had a lot of questions going into college: Do I have to check only one box? Are they interested in me for me or for the sake of diversity? Will there be other students like me? But most prevalent recently is this question: Am I qualified for scholarships specifically set aside for minorities? In the end of my sophomore year, I was informed that I was being considered for a scholarship given to low income, high achieving, African American students.  I clearly stated I was Biracial on my application, and later that year I was informed that I had received the scholarship. It was only after I had received the scholarship that I began to wonder what impact, if any, identifying as Biracial had on my application. (more…)

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Hello Swirlies!

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!

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Here is the transcript from our last TweetChat on Friday, February 24th, 2012, when we talked with Dr. Marcia Dawkins about the recent Pew Research Center study and interracial relationships. If you didn’t get to participate and want to weigh in on anything we discussed, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

You can find the transcript here, in a pdf.

*Note that this chat was held on Friday, from 3pm-4pm EDT. The times you see in the transcript are indicative of the fact that the person who captured this transcript is located in Germany. Thanks Kim!

Please join our next live every-other-week TweetChat on Friday, March 9th at 3pm EDT!

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