Thursday, June 04

Brookdale Newsroom

Body Image Blog Earns Emerging Scholar Award
Two Student Scholars Present Scholarship from Brookdale Class at TCNJ Student Colloquium

Amy Lee Carrino, Wall, was named a winner of the Emerging Scholar Award by the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium (NJWGSC)  for work done as a student at Brookdale Community College.  She received the honor at the consortium’s Tenth Annual Undergraduate Student Colloquium held April 4 at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).  Carrino, a ’13 Brookdale graduate, was selected for her blog “Bodysphere,” created as part of the Issues in Women’s Studies class she took while earning an associate degree.

The Emerging Scholar Award is given to a student whose work demonstrates promise in Women’s and Gender Studies undergraduate scholarship.  Now studying at Georgian Court University, Carrino was the only community college winner to receive the award.

Carrino said she created the blog after reading books and psychological studies concerning the issues of identity, gender and body image.

“Everywhere we go, we’re constantly faced with images showing what we should look like. I really wanted to target and inform as broad an audience as I could.” Carrino said. “Once we’re informed, we can exponentially change things.”

Carrino presented her work as part of a panel moderated by her former professor for the course, Roseann Alvarez, Brookdale associate professor of English.

Also presenting was another of Alvarez’s students, Barbara Lorenza of Asbury Park. Lorenza, who still attends Brookdale, presented a paper on media and gender stereotypes, entitled “Altered Images.”

The New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium is a statewide network of programs and initiatives that support programs and initiatives in feminist, multicultural and social justice education.

Featured photo (above): Professor Roseanne Alvarez of Brookdale Community College with students Barbara Lorenza  (left) and Amy Lee Carrino (right) at the New Jersey Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium (NJWGSC) Annual Undergraduate Student  Colloquium at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).