2017-2018 Stapleton Recipients

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The Department of Anthropology is excited to announce the recipients of the Stapleton Award for 2017-2018! Please click here for more information about the Stapleton Award

Alex Heintze (B’19)

Alex Heintze (MSB'19)

Alex is a Junior at the McDonough School of Business majoring in Management, Leadership & Innovation, and minoring in Anthropology with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. During his Freshman Fall, he founded his first startup which sparked his passion for both entrepreneurship and innovation. Since then, he has explored these spaces by serving as a leader on campus at the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Student Entrepreneurship Exchange. With the Stapleton Award, Alex plans to travel to Sydney, Australia to work with the University of Sydney’s Remote and Rural Enterprise Program. There, he will have the opportunity to engage with Aboriginal Australians and hold a series of focus groups to continue his research on inclusive entrepreneurship. Alex is a strong believer that anyone in the world can be an entrepreneur, and he hopes to bring back his findings to Georgetown University to further build an entrepreneurial and innovative community on campus.

Check out the Department’s Interview with Alex about his Stapleton Award here.

Eliana Lanfranco (C’19)

Eliana Lanfranco (C'19)

There is an array of obstacles that prevent the Latinx community in D.C. from accessing adequate health care, ranging from language and literacy barriers to immigration status. Eliana’s volunteer work at La Clinica del Pueblo¬†showed her that community members were excluded from health care coverage because work hours would conflict with the yearly required office visits for coverage renewals, they lacked proper identification or proof of income or were scared to apply for coverage due to their immigration status. As a volunteer, she saw the key role that community clinics play in closing the healthcare access gap, from offering interpreter services in and out of the clinic to organizing workshops to keep the community knowledgeable about ways to access healthcare coverage. Through the Stapleton award, she hopes to continue helping the community access health care through culturally sensitive community outreach workshops.

Bianca Uribe (C’18)

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Bianca Uribe is an undergraduate student in the College, class of 2018, majoring in anthropology with a minor in Portuguese. In the summer of 2017, she will be completing a part-time Kalorama Fellowship in Peru. Her research project focuses on the topic of informal systems of health care present in diverse Afro-descendant communities all throughout Peru. As a recipient of the Stapleton Award, Bianca will be able to fund independent and comparative research domestically upon her return in the Fall of 2017. She plans to look at how Afro-Latinos, living in New York City and the DMV area, approach informal systems of health care, via religion and spontaneous community efforts. This research will shine a light on how historical exclusion, present-day discrimination, health care policy, racism, and even religion intersect both domestically and internationally for these groups. She plans to study how health care and treatment can be culturally specific for marginalized communities and how institutions in power need to build cultural competency in order to ensure successful community outreach. Bianca would like to thank the Stapleton family for providing this award, as this research would have been impossible to conduct in its absence.

Check out the Department’s Interview with Bianca about her Stapleton Award here.