Blake Hesson

Blake Hesson

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Blake’s passion for positivity and empathy in addition to the thought-provoking question, ‘What’s something you did today that affects tomorrow?’ all serve as a daily source of motivation to inspire...

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Cameron Goodman

Cameron Goodman

2019 Research Assistant

Cameron is a student grounded in historical principles and thought. He is currently a rising fourth year student at UVA majoring in African-American and African studies. Power in the Body by George...

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Imani Edwards

Imani Edwards

2019 Summer Research Assistant

As a rising second year at UVA, Imani has experience engaging in critical discussions on race, history, and global issues by pursuing classes ranging from Global Cultural Studies to African American...

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Ineke LaFleur

Ineke LaFleur

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Growing up in Charlottesville, Ineke came to realize how often African American history was and is overlooked by the people, institutions, and systems that seize control of the narrative. The...

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Joshua Gravely

Joshua Gravely

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Josh is a rising fourth year studying African & African American Studies and Anthropology. He is a firm believer in the philosophy that one cannot understand where they are going if they do not know...

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Krystal Doh

Krystal Doh

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Krystal, a rising third year student, is interested in a variety of topics such as international relations, women and gender studies, and economics. These, as well as her dedication to live by a code...

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Laila Barnes

Laila Barnes

2019 & 2018 Summer Research Assistant

As a returning intern with the Citizen Justice Initiative, Laila hopes to continue pursuing her love for research in order to help others better understand the past and the present. In addition to...

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Laila Hurd

Laila Hurd

2019 & 2018 Summer Research Assistant

Laila, a student at St. Anne’s Belfield and a returning intern at the Woodson Institute, is deeply invested in acknowledging all triumphs, tragedies, policies and social norms throughout history as...

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Maggie Pollard

Maggie Pollard

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Maggie is a rising fourth year student in the Engineering School majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She will spend the summer working on the Notes on the State and Julian Bond Papers project...

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Marya Brice

Marya Brice

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Marya, a student at Monticello High School, is also an enthusiastic member of the school theater program and enjoys taking classes in the humanities including English and History. She has completed...

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Rajaah Alagib

Rajaah Alagib

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Rajaah’s academic interests lie mostly in equitable access to education across race and space. As an incoming first year, her professional ambitions are not yet set in stone but she takes an interest...

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Ryan Doherty

Ryan Doherty

2019 Summer Research Assistant

At Charlottesville High School, Ryan has taken various classes in history and photography which are amongst his favorite subjects. He is passionate about honing the skills he has developed while...

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Tarin Jones

Tarin Jones

2019 Summer Research Assistant

As a rising fourth year student in the architecture school, Tarin’s interests lie in the intersection of cultural analysis and spatial-temporal studies. His interdisciplinary background with...

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Tyleik Chambers

Tyleik Chambers

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Ty’Leik joins the Woodson Institute this year as a second year UVA student studying Government and African & African American Studies. He will spend the summer at Monticello working on the Getting...

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Will Ancona

Will Ancona

2019 Summer Research Assistant

Will attends Monticello High School where he passionately explores his academic and personal interests in biology, drama, and modern expressionism. Since he was a child, Will has been fascinated with...

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Zhaire Roberson

Zhaire Roberson

2019 & 2018 Summer Research Assistant

Zhaire Roberson is a student at Albemarle High School that is fascinated with questions of how and why people do the things they do. She is motivated to constantly challenge herself and improve, a...

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Zyahna Bryant

Zyahna Bryant

2017 Summer research assistant

Zyahna Bryant is a student activist and community organizer who works on issues of Racial Justice in Charlottesville, VA. She founded the Black Student Union at her high school and is a member of...

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Lossa Zenebe

2017 Summer research assistant

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