This fall, Suvra Mostafa was awarded a competitive research fellowship through the Anna Julia Cooper Center. The fellowship supports research on the intersections between gender, race, and region, with a special focus this year on economic justice. Suvra’s project will examine the lives of young people engaged in formal and informal work while attending high school. Her aim is “to understand the dynamics of work and other economic activity among low-income youth in Winston Salem and address the issue of economic justice in new ways, specifically targeting how early work experience shapes possibilities of upward mobility and affects educational motivation and goals.” Suvra’s proposal highlighted the ways in which anthropological methods can “humanize the population of working youth in Forsyth County and add detail to existing demographic information.”
Suvra is a junior anthropology major with minors in health policy and administration and Latin American and Latino studies. She is currently the president of the Anthropology Club and holds the position of Chapter Organizer on national leadership for the Roosevelt Network. Suvra is also the director of the not for profit consulting group Pro Humanitate Consulting. In the past, she has assisted with two research projects whose goals were to improve healthcare delivery in rural northwest Nicaragua. In the Dominican Republic, Suvra worked for a juvenile diabetes education and care program. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on pursuing a graduate degree in anthropology or public health.