The Senior Legacy Symposium is a celebration of outstanding student work across the University. In 2014, the Political Science department nominated three students: Beatrice Abraham, Jesse Doggendorf, and Kirstin Palovick.
Beatrice Abraham presented her poster titled "'Refugee Resettlement in St. Louis: The Social Impacts of Resettlement Through the Eyes of St. Louis' Local Non-Profit Organizations.' Saint Louis has a long history of hosting refugees from around the world including from Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Nepal. Beatrice's project examined the social impact of influx of refugees on St. Louis. This was done by examining the role of non-profit organizations that aid in resettlement and how their role has changed with the changing demographics of incoming refugees since the 1990s. In-person interviews with employees from six local non-profit organizations were conducted and data analysis from the interviews is expected to highlight the challenges and changes these social service providers have faced over the past 20 years." Beatrice is shown with her mentor, Dr. Jason Windett.
Jesse Doggendorf presented a paper titled "'Lockean Privacy and The Court: An Avenue for LGBT Rights in America.' The LGBT community has fought their oppression through different legal arguments - ranging from individual liberty guarantees to the condemnation of moral legislation. The variety of arguments in LGBT cases has led to disagreements concerning the usefulness of each approach in obtaining the desired outcomes. Jesse argued that the most pragmatic route to equal rights for this community lies in the successful privacy arguments of the past. More specifically, advocacy for LGBT plaintiffs should be based in Lockean ideals concerning privacy. These ideals construct an umbrella under which the LGBT community may expect progress in governmental recognition of its rights." Jesse is shown below with his mentor, Dr. Wynne Moskop.
Kirstin Palovick presented her poster titled "'The Impact of Identity formation, Cultural, and Political Conditions on Open LGBT Representation in State Government.' This research examined the impact of identity formation, cultural, and political factors predicting the election of openly LGBT state legislators. Kirstin argued that an individual's prior experiences, as well as the contextual indicators of their environment, concerning LGBT individuals or rights can impact their political attitudes and, in turn, influence their political behavior. She demonstrated this relationship through a quantitative analysis to gauge the connection between the previously listed factors and openly LGBT representation. She also utilized a qualitative analysis of the different methods that states have utilized to legalize same-sex marriage and how this impacts openly LGBT representation." Kirstin is shown with her faculty mentor, Dr. Jason Windett.