"Sean Carr’s work on neocolonial power dynamics on the border represents an important intersection between anthropology, activism, and academia. He embodies the spirit of this award for many reasons. For starters, Sean directly immerses himself in his field of study with a passion and drive that is extraordinary and inspirational for an undergraduate scholar. He left a lasting impression on our classes and amongst his co-learners, who were immediately drawn to him because he served as a great resource on all issues related to advocacy networks and public health. He also strategizes ways to break the habit of bias in relations and interactions by continually fostering healthy and productive climates when discussing ways to innovate and apply anthropological methods beyond the classroom.
In his research, Sean focused on proposing solutions to the many restraints and restrictions that impact migrant lives. When he engaged with the problems on the United States and Mexico border, explicitly highlighting the relationship between gender violence, economic crisis, and systemic racism, Sean sought to learn the laws that justified actions and which provided a common language to make arguments to advance human right claims. He did this while also amplifying the voices and experiences of migrant (disconnected) communities. Sean is intellectually and proactively invested in the political and social struggles on both sides of the border, which he crosses in his personal and professional life with purpose. He aims to humanize the structural issues that pervade these spaces and thus develop a shared language around empowerment, human rights, and inclusion as part of this endeavor. It was a dynamic learning experience working with Sean throughout his undergraduate journey. He generously offered his insights, feelings, and understandings, while meaningfully adding value to our department in the process. He will go on contributing to our field and beyond. I am confident that he will continue to apply a powerful lens of representation, voice, and action in the next chapter of his professional development (graduate school.) Sean, you are a force of life, a rising star in the field of public health and human rights, and a dear friend and comrade to all social justice movements. We whole heartdly thank you for your service." - Mel Maldonado-Salcedo