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Kaylan Purisima



Welcome to part 5 of a 7-part series featuring the 2021 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them every Monday and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the Library’s bi-annual publication.

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2021 Falvey Scholar award winners. We will showcase the research of our eight young alumni on the blog and in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. Award winners are selected from a pool of candidates generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

View the 2021 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet.


Researcher Brief

Falvey Scholar: Kaylan Purisima 

Hometown: Lodi, N.J.

Other Honors: Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar, Villanova Scholarship, Joseph Betz Solidarity Award

Project Title: “Examining Violence Against Indigenous Women in the United States through a Settler Colonialist Framework” 

Faculty Mentor: Brianna Remster, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 


Learn about Kaylan’s research in her own words:


Tell me about your Falvey Scholar Award-winning research project.

I seek to answer the question of how the U.S. contributes to violence against indigenous women. My main goal was to understand why the violence level is so high today. To do that I had to look back, starting with the settler arrival in 1492, and show many factors that began more than a century ago continue in some form today.

How did Falvey Memorial Library support your research?

The Library’s staff was integral to my research experience! I met with Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement, in the beginning of my research process, and she went through very clearly how to navigate the Falvey website. She showed me all the tips and tricks to find a range of useful sources, without which I would have been lost as someone new to research.

Falvey’s resources and databases were the rock of my research. I did essentially all my research on the Falvey website, and I found almost all of my sources through Falvey. Only when I looked at nonacademic sources such as news articles did I turn to Google.

What impact did this project have on you?

I will certainly continue in this research direction because if this research has taught me anything, it is that I have a lot more to learn. The general lack of education regarding Native peoples and histories and our part to play in the erasure of this is something that I will spend my whole life rectifying.

What’s next for you?

I will be working with Teach for America, teaching special education in Charlotte, N.C.


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.





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