Fall 2021 WCI Writing Contest

Writing and Critical Inquiry Contest Celebration

Fall 2021

Personal Essay Category

Introduction by Emma Weaver

“Self Reflection from a Communal Dorm Bathroom” by Alyssa Kamara
“A Decade of Questioning” by Bhumika Devkota

Winner: "The Spider and the Web" by Grace Wright

Bio: Grace is currently a Junior in the UAlbany Honors College. She is an English Major with Minors in Creative Writing and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Her current interest is adapting famous Renaissance novels into horror stories. In her free time, she loves reading, painting, and playing with her dog, Sully. 


Analysis Category

Introduction by Ashley Harris

“Missing Information: Analyzing Content Analyses of U.S. History Textbooks” by Owen Hebert
“Predicting Impact of Gentrification Sunset Park” by Andy Dong

Winner: "Violence through Silence" by Alyssa Kamara








Bio: Alyssa Kamara is a second year student in the honors college majoring Economics and Public Health. She is part of the NAACP, Pride Alliance, Student Association, and the WCI peer mentor program. She hopes to pursue a career in the future that will allow her to combat health inequalities for marginalized groups through research and writing! Somewhere along the way, she hopes to publish a book of poetry and prose as well.


Conversation and Argument Category

Introduction by Tahira Sardar

“The Recognition and Implementation of Intersectionality in the Medical Field” by Bhumika Devkota
“Flattening the Curve in New York: Correctional Health is Public Health” by Axelle LaBaw

Winner: "The Lasting Effects of Black Movies" by Deborah Hoyte

Bio: My name is Deborah Hoyte, and I am a Junior in the UAlbany Honors College double majoring in Africana Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I am involved in UAlbany’s NAACP Chapter, Precizun Step Team, and the Honors College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In the future I wish to further my education and improve Diversity and Inclusion efforts in workplaces across the nation.