2022-2023 Franke Fellows

Franke Undergraduate Fellows

Maya John

Compassionate Coping is an hour-long online self-compassion program. This randomized controlled trial aims to decrease depression and anxiety symptoms in adults with moderate to high levels of emotional distress. The intervention includes animated videos, informational text, audio-guided meditations, and reflection questions. Although self-compassion has been shown to increase emotional well-being, most self-compassion programs are multiple days, weeks, or months long, and many are in person. A single-session online intervention would require individuals to only participate on one occasion to improve their anxiety and depression symptoms, and can be done from a computer or smartphone! This is the basis of the Compassionate Coping intervention. There is also a significant need to acknowledge the social, economic, and cultural differences in research outcomes. My diverse sample of participants will allow for analysis across gender, ethnicity, and race.

Camilla Ledezma

Camilla’s research focuses on livestock farming–specifically, the Spanish cattle raising that brought about the New World practice–to assess the links between colonial violence, environmental degradation, and the treatment of farm animals. Drawing on history, critical theory, and environmental science, her study hypothesizes that colonial understandings of and modes of relating to non-human animals, often through processes of violence and commodification, have exacerbated social and environmental injustice. In consultation with farmers, scholars, and historical archives, as well as her own observations of cattle operations, Camilla hopes to demonstrate the importance of place-based, mutually beneficial human-animal relations in our effort to realize more equitable and sustainable futures.