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KON Member Spotlight

This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.

The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff. One outstanding member is highlighted each month.

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Member Spotlight - June 2012

Jenna Sethi

Jenna SethiJenna Sethi, M.Ed., of the University of Minnesota was recently awarded the Kappa Omicron Nu Marjorie M. Brown Fellowship Award in the amount of $10,000 to continue Brown's philosophical work using critical social theory, demonstrating understanding of Brown's Philosophical Studies and other recent pieces of work and of their ongoing significance for the human sciences. The intention is to build upon Brown’s project and tradition of fine scholarship to continue critical analysis of concepts. Sethi will seek to understand how urban youth, often marginalized and oppressed by violence in their communities, address such violence through producing their own media. Interviews with filmmakers and mural and spoken word artists addressing issues of violence will be conducted in order to explore this phenomenon.  

Sethi is a doctoral student in the Family, Youth and Community doctoral program located in the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education and Human Development.  She is a graduate of the Youth Development Leadership Master’s program at the University of Minnesota. With the encouragement of her mentor and advisor Yvonne Gentzler, Ph.D, she has been able to pursue interdisciplinary interests around critical media literacy and youth studies leading to her dissertation topic. Her hope is by illuminating the creative ways in which young people are addressing violence in their communities her research can make a positive impact informing research, policy and practice around urban youth and their communities. Sethi also teaches courses in the Youth Studies department in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.


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