Shannon Daley, a 2009 graduate of Drew University in Madison, believes that giving a voice to those excluded from society is critical because they have so much to teach. According to Drew’s website (http://www.drew.edu/newspost.aspx?id=79486), Shannon, who was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, will travel to Quito, Ecuador in 2010 to research a topic that fascinates her: racial justice. While in Quito, Daley, 23, will study Afro-Ecuadorians, whose ancestors were brought as slaves to the South American country.
Daley, who has been interning in New York City with the nonprofit Fourth World Movement USA, discovered her interest in racial justice while a student at Drew, where she researched black immigrant identity and assimilation in the U.S. She was also inspired by a course that focused on how race and class dictated who suffered the most following Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. She later traveled to New Orleans during a January 2006 relief trip.
Daley’s Spanish-language skills will be key to her research in Ecuador. She studied Spanish as a minor and spent a summer in Barcelona as part of Drew’s language and cultural immersion program.
The Fulbright Scholarship, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, will pay Daley’s living expenses in Ecuador for 10 months. Daley plans to pursue her PhD in sociology and work with people in Latino communities learning to live and work in the U.S.