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This past spring, BCSSW doctoral candidate Victor Figuereo was awarded the Pinderhughes Fellowship given annually to an outstanding African-American PhD student at the School. Victor is now in his third year at BCSSW, and is hard at work to earn his degree, expected in 2019, under the tutelage of mentor Rocío Calvo. He is also a member of the school’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and specifically, he is part of the LLI’s Latino Research Seminar, a program designed to address the disparity of Latino professors in higher education.
“Victor has so many strengths,” says Calvo. “One of those being his approach to research. His interdisciplinary perspective analyzing the intersection between race and ethnicity is something that has not been for the most part contemplated in social work. In particular, his research into how Latinos define race, and how the intersection between race and ethnicity contributes to access to social services and health outcomes, has been largely ignored across disciplines. His work is truly innovative and he has the potential to be the leader in his field.”