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Winter 2012
Student Achievements
Journalism student receives Fulbright
Robin Miniter to research women’s rugby in India
Photos courtesy of Robin Miniter
F
our years ago, Robin Miniter, ’11,
caught the
travel bug when she signed on to spend a year in
Florence, Italy, as part of Marist’s Florence Freshman
Experience. Now, after completing her bachelor’s de-
gree, Miniter is heading abroad again, this time as the recipient
of a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to
India.
While in India, Miniter will research the development of
women’s rugby in India, a topic which combines her interests in
gender issues, sociology of sport and photography.
“Sports can be a means of limitation as well as of liberation;
it all depends on the perspective you take,” said Miniter, who
majored in communication with a concentration in journalism
and minors in global studies and women’s studies. “I want to
see how women’s rugby, a contact sport which is still slowly be-
ing accepted in the Western world, is fitting into India’s unique,
complex social system.”
The Fulbright Program, administered by the Institute of
International Education, is the flagship international educa-
tional exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government
and is designed to increase mutual understanding between
people in the U.S. and people in other countries. Annually, the
Fulbright Program provides 8,000 grants to students, scholars,
teachers, artists and scientists in 155 countries to contribute to
finding solutions to shared international concerns. Recipients
of the prestigious Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of
academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated
leadership potential in their fields.
In her proposal for the scholarship, Miniter proposed that
the rise of women’s rugby in India, a customarily masculine ac-
tivity, is indicative of a potential recasting of traditional Indian
gender roles. Through the lens of her camera and interviews,
she will document the evolution of these changes.
Miniter, whose younger sister was adopted from Nagpur,
India, established a personal connection with rugby as a mem-
ber of Marist’s nationally ranked club team.
“I came to college never having touched a rugby ball and
have since then watched the sport grow exponentially within
the past few years all over the world,” Miniter said.
During her time at Marist, Miniter received recognition for
her photography from the National Association of Photoshop
Professionals, spearheaded public relations initiatives for
the Literary Arts Society (LAS), participated in the Marist
Emerging Leaders Program, and served as lifestyles editor,
photography editor and staff writer for the college’s student
newspaper
The Circle
. She also completed several photography
projects as part of her coursework, including one that depicted
images of femininity in sport.
“It feels so fitting that this has all come full circle,” said
Miniter. “My experiences at Marist have not only cultivated
my love for travel, but also my understanding of home, my sen-
sitivity and respect, and most importantly, an appreciation for
the people with whom I’ve crossed paths, at home and abroad,
who’ve inspired me to stay passionate and keep moving.”
BY JENNIFER ABBEY, ’12