Betool Ridha, a doctoral student in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, recently won an award at the American Psychological Association convention for best graduate student poster from Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. The poster title was, “Perceptions of racism on campus: Experiences of Black Students at a Predominantly White Institution.”

The project began in a class with Kamden Strunk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology.

“The class was ERMA 7410: Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity,” Strunk explained. “Betool wrote a very strong paper in the class, which she continued working on with me and a faculty member from Santa Clara University. From this initial effort, she produced the award-winning poster presentation.”

“In addition, she worked with other students and myself to integrate her work with other pieces to complete a paper that was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I’m very proud of her good work and very much enjoy working with such an outstanding student.”

Betool Ridha with award