Applications for the St. Mary’s Washington Program are now open

By: Lily Riesett

The Washington Program, a faculty-lead professional development program for students interested in political science, now has its applications open for the 2021-2022 season. This program gives students the opportunity to apply to political science internships in Washington D.C. with the help of political science faculty Professors Fehrs and Shafqat, a Washington Program Student Intern, and graduates of St. Mary’s who now hold positions in political fields.
The biggest aspect of the Washington Program is the internship placement that all program participants are assisted with. If chosen to be a member of the program, all spring semester participants will be applying to internships related to what they want to go into professionally. These include non-profit positions, internships on The Hill and think tank openings. The professors and Washington Program Intern revise resumes and cover letters before every application is submitted. Some of these potential positions even include a small stipend or hourly pay.

Once placed in an internship, participants can fully commit to the Washington Program and register for the class portion of it. This is an eight credit course taken during the first and last week of the summer semester. This class is about six  hours a day and focuses on policy in D.C. While it might be long, it helps participants to understand how politics play out in our nation’s capital before they go to their internship site. This course is also a great opportunity to bond with fellow program participants and professors. The final week of the class includes a presentation of research on a piece of policy relating to your internship.
Students also have many opportunities to get to know alumni who now hold predominate policy-related positions. Each participant is paired with a mentor who graduated from St. Mary’s and the Washington Program. They meet one-on-one with participants to advise them on their internship positions, review resumes and to make connections. There is also a summer speaker series where alumni come to speak to students. Politicians such as Mayor Brandon Scott of Baltimore and Council Member Robert White of D.C. have led talks on their experiences in politics after college. 

Emily Rudo, class of 2023, interned for the Potomac Group during the summer of 2021 with the Washington Program. When asked about her favorite part about the program, she said “Some of my favorite parts include interning in a field I knew very little about, so I was exposed to a lot of new information and skills –especially since I worked one-on-one with the Founder/CEO. Also, I get to edit and write reports for the firm created for The Nature Conservancy. Lastly, Potomac Group was unable to find an effective way to track information and clients, so I developed a system that they can use –and as far as I know they still do!”

Applications for the Washington Program are now open through January of 2022. Application materials can be found at https://www.smcm.edu/washingtonprogram/.

Reach out to Washington Program Intern Lily Riesett at  lmriesett@smcm.edu with any questions. 

Pride Garden paves way for LGBTQ+ acceptance and agricultural sustainability

By: Hannah Yale

In the aftermath of the successful Call Us By Our Names sit-in for LGBTQ+ student rights, members of the SMCM community are continuing to make progress for queer issues on campus. One such project that has just recently broken ground is the Pride Garden at the Kate Chandler Farm. This new initiative paves the way for progress in both LGBTQ+ acceptance and agricultural sustainability at St. Mary’s.

Environmental studies professor Dr. Barry Ross Muchnick– who openly supported and attended the sit-in during October– told The Point News that he is “impressed and inspired by the resolve and resilience our LGBTQ+ folx” and said that the sit-in “open[ed] channels of communication across campus [and] demonstrated what self-advocacy and collective courage look like.”

At the sit-in at Calvert Hall, Muchnick told protesters about the new Pride Garden at the campus farm that aims to celebrate queer culture and express solidarity with SMCM’s LGBTQ+ community.

The Pride Garden opened this fall after being developed by the Kate Farm and LGBTQ+ student groups like STARS (St. Mary’s Triangle and Rainbow Society) and Transgenda. The Pride Garden is growing rainbow colored produce to sell to the Great Room to support sustainable food practices on campus. The coordinators of the Pride Garden also have plans to launch an online store of Pride Garden merchandise in the near future to help fund other LQBTQ+ awareness projects on campus. 

“The Kate Chandler Campus Community Farm is a safe and inclusive space to grow food, awareness and community,” Muchnick said. The Kate Farm is located just south of SMCM campus on Point Lookout Rd.– about a 10 minute walk from the Campus Center. 

There are many ways for students and faculty to get involved with the Pride Garden and other Kate Farm initiatives. Campus community members can email Dr. Muchnick at brmuchnick@smcm.edu to sign up to volunteer at the Pride Garden, join a Pride Garden coordination email list, or to receive notification when the Pride Garden online store launches. 

Muchnick also recommended that students can learn more about how sustainable agriculture supports inclusion, diversity and equity by enrolling in ENST 391: Field Study in Sustainable Agriculture, next semester.

As the school year progresses, look for “Grown with Pride” signs on dishes and produce in the Great Room, and make sure to visit the Pride Garden to cultivate community, sustainability and LGBTQ+ celebration.

Lunchtime Lecture by Dr. Celia Rabinovitch: “Through Her Own Eyes”

By: Charlotte Mayer

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, Dr. Celia Rabinovitch gave a lecture called “Through Her Own Eyes – Surrealist Women Artists In Their Own Words.” The lecture took place from 12 to 1 p.m. over Zoom. Dr. Rabinovitch looked at the intertwining artistic biographies of surrealist women artists such as Frida Kahlo, Luchita Hurtado, Meret Oppenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington.

Dr. Celia Rabinovitch is an artist and writer “whose paintings of mood and luminous atmosphere evoke the uncanny,” says InsideSMCM. She has written two books: “Duchamp’s Pipe: A Chess Romance” and “Surrealism and the Sacred: Power, Eros and the Occult in Modern Art.” Her art has been shown in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She earned an MFA in painting at the University of Wisconsin,and a Ph.D. in history of religions and art at McGill University in Montreal.

Rabinovitch realized there were many women artists not covered in our history, so she conducted a series of interviews consisting of audios and videotapes starting in 2007. These artists’ take on the art world was different from that of more renowned male artists. 

These women artists, including Frida Kahlo, Luchita Hurtado, Meret Oppenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington, challenged the view of women in surrealism as exotic objects or muses. Many of these women actually knew each other and were friends. 

While researching, Rabinovitch found that it is much more interesting to look at actual archives and form your own opinions rather than reading a book someone else has written. With books, you are only getting the author’s point of view, but Rabinovitch is “an independent thinker.” 

One of the more well-known artists Rabinovitch discussed was Frida Kahlo, who once said: “I am not surrealist, I never painted dreams. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint always whatever passes through my head, without any other consideration.”

Male surrealist artists often “employed the image of woman as an emblem of the unconscious, rooted in the ground, an example of repetition compulsion, and as a vehicle for psychological projections,” according to the presentation. They also referred to the women artists of the movement as “femme-enfant, the child-woman, and saw them not as equals but as muses.”

Meret Oppenheim was a surrealist artist who produced sculptures, paintings, drawings, jewelry, and more. “She constantly challenged society’s rigid definition of male and female and encouraged her audience to tread the fine line between reality and dreams,” said Dr. Rabinovitch in her presentation. 

Another artist, Leanora Carrington, began studies in art at the age of 19 when she took painting lessons in London. She once said, “I don’t have time to be anyone’s muse… I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist.” Leonora Carrington was friends with Remedios Varo, a surrealist artist who worked in Spain, France and Mexico. Dr. Rabinovitch shared many of Varo’s paintings, which are haunting and dreamlike. 

Overall, this lecture was captivating and brought the words of many surrealist women artists to light. Said Dorothea Tanning: “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.”

Writing and Speaking Center Hiring New Peer Tutors

By: Charlotte Mayer

Fall 2021 Peer Tutor Applications are now open for SMCM’s Writing and Speaking Center. The center is a place where “writers and speakers come together to talk about the craft of communication,” according to the SMCM website. It is located on the first floor of the library overlooking St. John’s Pond, and is now accepting walk-ins as well as appointments–either in-person or via Zoom.

To be a peer tutor, students must complete a two-credit training course in the spring before beginning work in fall 2022. Tutors “staff regular tutoring hours and help other students with writing assignments and presentations,” says SMCM’s website. The position also features “flexible hours, great work experience” and “perks” such as “private study room access, optional activity nights, snack and beverage station use” and more. 

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 29, at 5:00 p.m. After the application window closes, selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. These interviews will likely take place during early November, according to the center’s recruitment website. They plan to hire as many as four new tutors. 

According to the SMCM website, if you have “something to write or present and you haven’t started yet, a peer tutor can help you brainstorm, plan, and begin” and “if you’ve already started, a tutor can look over your draft and coach you through the revision process.”

Laik Meadows, a sophomore at SMCM, said “I’ve only had meetings with them via Zoom last year. They were all for the most part really warm and inviting and super flexible. They always helped with the coherency of my papers.” 

Another SMCM student who would prefer to remain anonymous said “I find that it’s minor help at best — you can receive much of the same feedback from a friend in 30 minutes or less.”

“While the peer tutors love to help other students with their assignments,” says SMCM’s website, “their help does have some limitations.” For example, they cannot “assist with course content or study skills” says a handout linked on the SMCM website. They also cannot “create an outline, proofread, or complete other steps for a student.” Decisions surrounding the assignment must be made by the student.

In addition to writing tutorials, the center “offers tutoring and other services related to oral expression.” Speaking and writing “have very similar processes,” according to SMCM’s website, “so the tutoring for speaking is very similar to the tutoring for writing.”

Angelie Roche, a peer tutor and sophomore at SMCM said: “Of my three on-campus jobs, working at the Writing Center is by far my favorite! I love all my fellow tutors and the Writing Center staff, and there are lots of perks such as flexible hours and free snacks!” It is their first semester as a peer tutor. 

“To someone applying, I’d say you have to be serious and dedicated about writing and helping others,” said Angelie. “You can be in any major but be prepared to take a semester-long training course and really dive deep into writing! But by the end, even if you don’t decide to be a tutor, you’ll have learned valuable writing skills that will last a lifetime.”

Dr. Ben Click, Director of the Writing and Speaking Center, said “The center looks for students who are strong writers themselves, but equally (and perhaps more important) these students should have the appropriate demeanor. They should be kind, have good listening skills, and be willing to help their peers. They should be open to learning about how to help others with their writing.”

The training course required to become a peer tutor is “a two-credit practicum that teaches students both how to tutor writing and also provides writing instruction as well,” said Dr. Click. “Our tutors are all strong writers, but not all strong writers know why they write well.” This course “teaches them how to recognize the skills they possess that make them good writers. This is essential knowledge in working with other writers.” 

To people who are thinking of applying, Dr. Click says “Please make sure you are applying because you want to help others with their writing, not because you need the money or think the job will look good on your resume (both of those things are byproducts of being a peer tutor in writing who is hired in the center).” He adds that “students who are hired learn to become even stronger writers.”
You can learn more at smcm.edu/writingcenter/ or the peer tutor recruitment site. The application, a Google Form, is also linked there. Contact Assistant Director Mandy Taylor at apheatwole@smcm.edu with any questions.

Anthropology Toolkit Class Conducts Library Ethnography

By: Maggie Warnick

If you frequent the library, you may have noticed someone walking around making notes on a clipboard or have had someone stop you on your way in or out to ask you some questions. This phenomenon is a result of the library ethnography project being conducted by Anthropology department chair and Professor Bill Roberts and his Anthropology Toolkit course. 

The project is the second iteration of an ethnography begun in fall of 2015. Students, working in collaboration with the St. Mary’s library faculty used a variety of methods to determine how students used the library and what could make their library experience better. Some of the trends seen in student responses led to real change in the library, including the creation of the quiet study room on the second floor and the study space next to the circulation desk. 

The current project involves many of the methods as the initial project, including student focus groups, faculty surveys and instantaneous behavior sampling–making rounds of the library and taking note of how many people are in an area and what they are doing at the time of sampling. However, much has changed since 2015, leading to some changes in methodology. For example, in 2015, when instantaneous behavior sampling was conducted, any time a student was on their phone it was marked down as a leisure activity. In 2021 it is hard to be certain what a student is using their phone for–they could just as easily use their phone for entertainment as for school work, as Katherine Ryner, Associate Director of the Library and Head of Collections Support Services pointed out. 

Students in the Toolkit class began very generally, discussing ideas with their peers and reporting back with stories about the library that could potentially inform the project. “In these stories some themes begin to emerge,” stated Roberts. “Anthropological research is like a funnel; you start very broadly and narrow it down.” From there, they were able to build on this research to develop questions for surveying students as they entered or left the library. “It’s one of those things where at the beginning of the conversation it is hard to get it going, [the topic is] sort of mundane,” said junior Maggie Murdoch. 

The project is a long-term one, with the ninth meeting of the semester dedicated to the project having occurred on September 29. The overall goals are to determine what students use the library for, what they like or dislike about it and what they feel the library could do to better suit their needs. Based on these goals, the library can decide what changes they are able to make and how to best allocate resources. An unintended result is that the Toolkit students themselves are becoming better acquainted with the library. “It made me have to explore the library,” said sophomore Erin Hurley, “especially after COVID, I mostly only went to study rooms.” As a smaller goal, the library is having a bit of an identity crisis, according to Ryner. It was formerly known as the LAMC–library archives and media center–but the media center and archives are no longer in the same building. Therefore, suggestions for new slogans to rebrand the library are welcome!

SMCM Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By: Lily Riesett

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dedicated to raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence, encourage healthy relationships and to show solidarity to violence survivors. St. Mary’s in tandem with the Title IX Office has made it a priority to make sure this month is recognized by the campus community. 

Title IX Fellow Colette Nortman is one of the people in charge of planning and celebrating DVAM at St. Mary’s. “Nationally, we know that one in two trans and non-binary folks, one in three women, and nearly one in three men will experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime,” said Nortman. “In general, dating violence is an issue everywhere, including on college campuses like ours. On our campus, dating violence was the most frequent issue reported to the Title IX Office for the past three fall semesters in a row. While this may seem daunting, an uptick in the reporting of this issue can be a good thing since that means more people are able to recognize that they’ve experienced dating violence.”

This issue has been something Nortman and the rest of the Title IX Office has become very passionate about. “That’s why DVAM and our healthy relationship prevention activities are so important,” she says. “If folks recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, they’re more likely to reach out for help if they have concerns about their own relationships. Being able to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship is also important because it improves our ability to intervene as active bystanders to help other members of our community. Additionally, our activities will help our community learn about cultivating healthy relationship behaviors in order to prevent dating violence from happening in the first place.”

The Title IX Office has planned many events to make students aware of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The school is celebrating “Purple Day” on Thursday, Oct. 21 to show solidarity with domestic violence survivors. Students are encouraged to wear purple, use the Title IX Office’s Snapchat filter and make epsom salt sachets at the campus center. Sports teams have also been asked to practice wearing purple in support of the event. The Title IX Office will be on the campus center patio all day with information on DVAM.

The Office has other events planned as well. From the 20 of October through the 22, students are being encouraged to run or walk a mile in honor of domestic violence survivors and post about it on their social media. This can be done by yourself or as a group, making this a perfect opportunity for sports teams to get involved. On Oct. 13, 20 and 27, the Title IX fellows will be tabling outside the campus center with information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as free swag. 

To make a report of domestic violence or any other type of sexual violence, contact the Title IX Office by emailing Michael Dunn (mkdunn@smcm.edu) or Helen Ann Lawless (hlawless@smcm.edu); walk into Lucille Clifton House where the Title IX Office is located; or make an anonymous report online. You can also make a report to a mandatory reporter, like a faculty member or an RA, and they will relay that information to the Title IX Office. Finally, if there is an emergency or an immediate threat to someone’s safety, you are encouraged to call Public Safety (240-895-4195) or 911. 

Office of International Education Holds Virtual Study Abroad Fair

By: Charlotte Mayer

SMCM’s Office of International Education hosted a Virtual Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23. This event included “lightning round sessions with special guests joining live from around the world,” according to InsideSMCM. Students were able to join at different times throughout the day to ask specific questions to the school’s program partners, using the Zoom link posted on InsideSMCM.

Guests were from places such as Australia, Ireland, England, Slovenia, Spain, France, Bangkok, Thailand, Italy, Costa Rica, Cuba, Morocco, Ecuador and more. 

Annilee Hampton, a sophomore at SMCM, visited the sessions for James Cook University in Australia and University College Dublin in Ireland.“I enjoyed that one a lot,” she said about James Cook University’s session. “It had good information. It made me a lot more enthusiastic about study abroad.” She is planning on studying abroad in Spring 2023. “Either Australia, Ireland, or England,” she says. Her two majors are English and Theater, Film, and Media Studies. 

SMCM sophomore Melissa LaCross did not go to the Study Abroad Fair because she had class during the session she wanted to attend. Despite this, she says “I can’t wait to travel abroad my junior year!” 

Not everyone shares this enthusiasm. When asked if he would like to study abroad, SMCM sophomore Rob Kearns said: “Not really. Change stresses me out and I’d miss my friends.”

Drew Seitzman, another sophomore, says “It’s hard to schedule study abroad for STEM majors because a certain amount of classes have to be upper division and on campus.” 

Aurora Margarita-Goldkamp, the Director of International Education at SMCM, says “I’ll be honest; the pandemic has severely impacted study abroad in the past year and a half, and it has been tough! However, health and safety is our absolute top priority and we have to limit risk for our students, as study abroad is a very independent experience. We have been carefully assessing several factors to make a decision to gradually reopen our programs for Fall 21, Spring 22, and beyond.” 

“We analyze programs for their level of support on-site, COVID-19 rates and local risk mitigation, host country entry requirements and if borders will be open for students in time, the level of academic need for students, and more, before supporting student applications to specific programs.”

“Though we are opening up slowly for study abroad again,” she says, “we acknowledge that the pandemic will still impact study abroad in the near future and any applicants for Spring 22 especially will need to do their own research about their destination, and make their own decisions about their risk tolerance for studying abroad during a pandemic.” 

The Office of International Education is available to help students research their program options. They can make an appointment with the Office through their website. 

“We encourage students to keep their eyes on the Department of State Travel Level Advisories, the CDC and WHO information about traveling abroad, to make sure they are vaccinated, and advise them to purchase their own travel insurance (which is on top of the SMCM international health insurance we enroll all study abroad students in during semester programs).”

She adds that “passports are taking 16 weeks to process” and that “passports, and often student visas, are needed for semester-long study abroad. Students applying for Spring (and summer) programs will need to make sure they have an active passport in hand.”

The application deadline for Spring 2022 is October 15. For more information on programs and policies, visit the SMCM website or email internationaleducation@smcm.edu with any questions.

SMCM Welcomes Elizabeth Enright to Psychology Department

By: Maggie Warnick

This fall with the return to in-person classes in full swing, it has become easier to notice new faces among the St. Mary’s faculty. One of these faces is Dr. Elizabeth Enright in the Psychology department. Enright received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and came to SMCM after her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois. “I’ve kind of been all over!” she noted and went on to say that she was drawn to St. Mary’s for its “great campus where…students are really involved in research,” especially with student St. Mary’s Projects and all the opportunities they give for hands-on research. “The psych department is the best!” she exclaimed, “…students should know there are all these people they can do research with and gain experience and everyone is doing really cool things.”

As far as her own research goes, she currently has three directed research students who are starting up studies that look into the understanding that children have of exclusion of others. Once children are able to be vaccinated, they plan to bring babies and children into the lab to study what they know about their social world and their social-cognitive development overall. Topics Enright plans to research include prosocial behavior and what influences childrens’ choice to help others or not, early moral understanding and biases children possess, whether social class, gender, or race-oriented. 

This research with students is the aspect of being a professor Enright likes the most. In working collaboratively with students, there is the opportunity to see students grow as researchers and work with them to discover new things. “It’s awesome to see how much students grow in that experience,” she stated, “from not ever conducting research before to becoming experts on a specific topic they’ve read a lot about..they might be the premier expert in that specific thing because we could be the only ones to have a study on that specific question.”

This semester, Enright is teaching both Lifespan Development and Infant and Child Development, and in the spring she will be teaching a moral development course in addition to Lifespan Development. She tries to keep her classes exciting, doing “a mix of different things, giving slides and content, mixing it up with group activities..so it’s not the same thing every day.” Along with this, she likes to use empirical research articles to give students a good grip on what is happening in the world of research as well as an opportunity to analyze and critique the article and learn that no article is perfect. “Every article has its flaws, that’s why we need to do a lot of different studies to come to conclusions….or to inform society through research.” 

Her efforts to vary her teaching style seem to be appreciated by her students. Nicolette Iacona, a junior at St. Mary’s who is taking Infant and Child Development this semester, said of Enright “I personally really enjoy her class. I think she has a positive energy each class, and she will definitely work with you to explain things multiple ways…she tries really hard to encourage and to make everyone understand what she’s teaching and to get everyone as excited as she is, which is very engaging.”

If you see Professor Enright in Goodpaster Hall or on the path, be sure to welcome her to our campus!

Office of International Education Holds Virtual Study Abroad Fair

By: Charlotte Mayer

SMCM’s Office of International Education hosted a Virtual Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23. This event included “lightning round sessions with special guests joining live from around the world,” according to InsideSMCM. Students were able to join at different times throughout the day to ask specific questions to the school’s program partners, using the Zoom link posted on InsideSMCM.

Guests were from places such as Australia, Ireland, England, Slovenia, Spain, France, Bangkok, Thailand, Italy, Costa Rica, Cuba, Morocco, Ecuador and more. 

Annilee Hampton, a sophomore at SMCM, visited the sessions for James Cook University in Australia and University College Dublin in Ireland.“I enjoyed that one a lot,” she said about James Cook University’s session. “It had good information. It made me a lot more enthusiastic about study abroad.” She is planning on studying abroad in Spring 2023. “Either Australia, Ireland, or England,” she says. Her two majors are English and Theater, Film, and Media Studies. 

SMCM sophomore Melissa LaCross did not go to the Study Abroad Fair because she had class during the session she wanted to attend. Despite this, she says “I can’t wait to travel abroad my junior year!” 

Not everyone shares this enthusiasm. When asked if he would like to study abroad, SMCM sophomore Rob Kearns said: “Not really. Change stresses me out and I’d miss my friends.”

Drew Seitzman, another sophomore, says “It’s hard to schedule study abroad for STEM majors because a certain amount of classes have to be upper division and on campus.” 

Aurora Margarita-Goldkamp, the Director of International Education at SMCM, says “I’ll be honest; the pandemic has severely impacted study abroad in the past year and a half, and it has been tough! However, health and safety is our absolute top priority and we have to limit risk for our students, as study abroad is a very independent experience. We have been carefully assessing several factors to make a decision to gradually reopen our programs for Fall 21, Spring 22, and beyond.” 

“We analyze programs for their level of support on-site, COVID-19 rates and local risk mitigation, host country entry requirements and if borders will be open for students in time, the level of academic need for students, and more, before supporting student applications to specific programs.”

“Though we are opening up slowly for study abroad again,” she says, “we acknowledge that the pandemic will still impact study abroad in the near future and any applicants for Spring 22 especially will need to do their own research about their destination, and make their own decisions about their risk tolerance for studying abroad during a pandemic.” 

The Office of International Education is available to help students research their program options. They can make an appointment with the Office through their website. 

“We encourage students to keep their eyes on the Department of State Travel Level Advisories, the CDC and WHO information about traveling abroad, to make sure they are vaccinated, and advise them to purchase their own travel insurance (which is on top of the SMCM international health insurance we enroll all study abroad students in during semester programs).”

She adds that “passports are taking 16 weeks to process” and that “passports, and often student visas, are needed for semester-long study abroad. Students applying for Spring (and summer) programs will need to make sure they have an active passport in hand.”

The application deadline for Spring 2022 is October 15. For more information on programs and policies, visit the SMCM website or email internationaleducation@smcm.edu with any questions.

SMCM Welcomes Elizabeth Enright to Psychology Department

By: Maggie Warnick 

This fall with the return to in-person classes in full swing, it has become easier to notice new faces among the St. Mary’s faculty. One of these faces is Dr. Elizabeth Enright in the Psychology department. Enright received her PhD from the University of Washington and came to SMCM after her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois. “I’ve kind of been all over!” she noted, and went on to say that she was drawn to St. Mary’s for its “great campus where…students are really involved in research,” especially with student St. Mary’s Projects and all the opportunities they give for hands-on research. “The psych department is the best!” she exclaimed, “…students should know there are all these people they can do research with and gain experience and everyone is doing really cool things.”

As far as her own research goes, she currently has three directed research students who are starting up studies that look into the understanding that children have of exclusion of others. Once children are able to be vaccinated, they plan to bring babies and children into the lab to study what they know about their social world and their social-cognitive development overall. Topics Enright plans to research include prosocial behavior and what influences childrens’ choice to help others or not, early moral understanding and biases children possess, whether social class, gender or race-oriented. 

This research with students is the aspect of being a professor Enright likes the most. In working collaboratively with students, there is the opportunity to see students grow as researchers and work with them to discover new things. “It’s awesome to see how much students grow in that experience,” she stated, “from not ever conducting research before to becoming experts on a specific topic they’ve read a lot about..they might be the premier expert in that specific thing because we could be the only ones to have a study on that specific question.”

This semester, Enright is teaching both Lifespan Development and Infant and Child Development, and in the spring she will be teaching a moral development course in addition to Lifespan Development. She tries to keep her classes exciting, doing “a mix of different things, giving slides and content, mixing it up with group activities..so it’s not the same thing every day.” Along with this, she likes to use empirical research articles to give students a good grip on what is happening in the world of research as well as an opportunity to analyze and critique the article and learn that no article is perfect. “Every article has its flaws, that’s why we need to do a lot of different studies to come to conclusions….or to inform society through research.” 

Her efforts to vary her teaching style seem to be appreciated by her students. Nicolette Lacona, a junior at St. Mary’s who is taking Infant and Child Development this semester, said of Enright “I personally really enjoy her class. I think she has a positive energy each class, and she will definitely work with you to explain things multiple ways…she tries really hard to encourage and to make everyone understand what she’s teaching and to get everyone as excited as she is, which is very engaging.”

If you see Professor Enright in Goodpaster Hall or on the path, be sure to welcome her to our campus!