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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Tracey A. Bobadilla
Thesis Title: Epiphanies of a Soccer Mom: Child Commodification through Sport
Thesis Department: Anthropology
Student Major: Cultural Anthropology
Student Minor: Labor Studies
Favorite Rutgers Moment: Getting an A in expository writing.
Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ
Dream/Goal: Open a yoga retreat space in Costa Rica.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: As a non traditional student and a woman of color, it is a great honor to be a Paul Robeson Scholar this centennial year. I am a living example that through perseverance and determination academic goals are achievable. Goals that are contingent upon years of hard work and come along with being extremely supported by family and friends.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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