Meet the Prize Recipients
The Center for Public Justice has named the recipients of the 2019 Shared Justice Student-Faculty Research Prize, a semester-long research project in which students will write a comprehensive policy report on a social safety net program and its impact in their local community.
Ana O’Quin (Baylor University, ‘20), advised by Dr. Stephanie Boddie, will research teenagers’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Waco, Texas. Shannon Que (Abilene Christian University, ‘19), advised by Dr. Stephen Baldridge, will research college students’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Abilene, Texas. Abigail Stevens (Eastern University, ‘19), advised by Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala, will research access to public housing for formerly incarcerated individuals in greater Philadelphia.
Ana O’Quin is a junior social work major with a poverty and social justice minor at Baylor University. She loves being invested in the Waco community through mentoring in Young Life, volunteering with an anti-trafficking organization, and working at a local coffee shop. She grew up overseas in Indonesia, and loves to jump on a plane and travel at every chance that she gets.
Research focus: Ana is researching food insecurity among teenagers, an often overlooked population. Her research will focus specifically on the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), in addition to the contributions of civil society, in addressing teen hunger in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Stephanie Boddie
Faculty Advisor to Ana O’Quin
Dr. Stephanie Clintonia Boddie joined the Baylor University faculty in 2017 as an assistant professor of Church and Community Ministries with affiliations at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the School of Education. Boddie is also a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society and an alumni fellow at the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program. She is a faculty associate at Pitt-Assisted Communities and Schools at University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis as well, as a co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race.
Abigail Stevens is a senior economic development major at Eastern University in Philadelphia. She currently serves as the student president of the Templeton Honors College and is assisting research for a book on interfaith friendship between Christians and Muslims. She grew up in Bend, Oregon, and her passion for social and economic justice has brought her to some unique communities that have greatly shaped her education. During her time at Eastern, Abigail became fluent in Spanish and lived and worked in three different states and four different countries. Most memorably, she worked as the executive assistant for A Breeze of Hope Foundation in Bolivia, served as a missionary for six months in South America, and lived with a family in South Philadelphia.
Research focus: Abigail is researching access to public housing for returning citizens, hoping to discover community-based strategies to reduce recidivism and strengthen communities in Philadelphia.
Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala
Faculty Advisor to Abigail Stevens
Dr. Christa Lee-Chuvala is Assistant Professor of Social Sector Leadership in the College of Business and Leadership at Eastern University. Her research interests center on the economics of social transformation. Dr. Lee-Chuvala is particularly interested in innovative cross-sector collaboration efforts to create solutions for large-scale social problems. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and data analysis, and is a primary faculty member in the MBA in Social Impact. She also teaches courses and advises doctoral dissertations in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program. Prior to coming to Eastern University, Christa worked in both the community development and international development fields, and served as the co-executive director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network.
Shannon Que is a senior at Abilene Christian University (ACU) majoring in social work with minors in Bible, missions, and ministry, global studies, and public administration. Que is the executive director of Reach, an after-school ministry, and has been an intern for the International Rescue Committee as well as Iglesia De Cristo Desamparados in Costa Rica. She is currently an intern at the Regional Victim Crisis Center. Que is involved on ACU’s campus as the president of the Social Work Student Association, a Jack Pope Fellow, and a member of the Student Panel of Undergraduate Research. After graduation, she intends to pursue a Master of Social Work.
Research focus: Shannon is researching food insecurity among college students, with a particular focus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the work of civil society institutions in Abilene, Texas.
Dr. Stephen Baldridge
Faculty Advisor to Shannon Que
Dr. Stephen Baldridge received his Bachelor’s in social work from Lubbock Christian University, and his Master’s and PhD in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. The majority of his practice career was spent in public schools working in special education and behavior modification. Since joining the faculty at Abilene Christian University in 2009, his research has focused on childhood behavior, teaching pedagogy, nutrition and food justice, and homelessness. He currently serves as the BSSW Program Director and the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at ACU.