I currently work as a Research Coordinator in the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester. I have always wanted to make a difference in my community, the Deaf community, and RIT was a perfect university for me to pursue my goal. I chose to major in Sociology and Anthropology in the Cultural Anthropology track, plus a Minor in Deaf Cultural Studies. I was able to learn more about the history and culture of my people and I developed an open mind approach toward learning about other minorities. I completed my Scholar’s Thesis on identity development of Deaf immigrants living in US and Canada. My studies helped me gain knowledge and a variety of skills to start my career in Public Health research with a focus on the Deaf community and their health disparities.

Jennifer Stewardson

B.S., Sociology & Anthropology