John Carroll University sophomores Brittany Haywood-Webb and Lark Moore took third-place honors for their paper presentation at the annual conference of the National Association of African-American Studies (NAAAS) and its affiliates in February. The conference included presentations by more than 100 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students from schools in the U.S. and abroad.
Haywood-Webb and Moore’s paper, “The Null Curriculum and the U.S. Eugenics Movement: The Under Education of America,” began as an assignment in a School and Society course taught by Theron Ford, Ph.D., associate professor of education and allied studies.
Ford encouraged Haywood-Webb and Moore to apply to present at the NAAAS conference. They then focused their topic on the long-term effects of the eugenics movement on African-Americans and the degree to which the movement has been omitted from the curricula of U.S. schools.
Ford accompanied her students to the conference, which was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to presenting their paper, Haywood-Webb and Moore also had the opportunity to discuss their findings with leading scholars in African-American studies.
Haywood-Webb and Moore received a cash prize for their winning entry, and they also will have their paper published in the forthcoming NAAAS & Affiliates Monograph Series, which is a compilation of select papers and presentations from the conference.
Both students are middle childhood education majors in JCU’s Department of Education and Allied Studies. The department and John Carroll’s Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion provided support for the students to attend the conference.