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Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research

This Year's Winner of the Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research

The Thomas Tredway Library is pleased to announce Kara West as the winner of the 2021 Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research for her paper, “Queer Even in Safe Spaces: Homelessness, Shelter Failures, and the Queer Community.” Kara wrote the paper for FYH 102, “Queer People, Queer Approaches,” taught by Dr. Kiki Kosnick.  


Kara West











Kara's paper analyzes the systemic issues facing unhoused queer folks who are seeking accommodation in shelters and protection from intimate partner violence. She argues that privileged people's reluctance to feel social discomfort presents a significant barrier to properly addressing homelessness in the queer community.



Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to celebrate the 2020 prizewinner, Alison Decker - so this year, we'll celebrate both Alison and Kara!

Please join us to celebrate these scholars on October 22nd at 4:30 p.m. in the gazebo by the slough. Cake and other refreshments will be served.