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Black History Month Essay Contest 2023: Results

Indira D'Souza

March 17th 2023

The Center for Poverty and Inequality Research is pleased to announce the results of its 2023 Black History Month Essay Contest.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at UC Davis.

Entrants were asked to submit essays in response to the question ‘How Can We Reduce Racial and Economic Inequality in California?’

The winner is Indira D’Souza, an undergraduate student majoring in global disease biology. Congratulations, Indira!

Indira’s winning essay appeared as a guest commentary at on March 15th, 2023.

The contest was judged by CPIR directors in collaboration with members of the center’s communications committee and senior writer.

We received a number of exceptional essays, all of which offered interesting and insightful perspectives on this topic.

First prize was $500, plus the opportunity to work with CPIR Senior Writer Ben Hinshaw to prepare the essay for potential placement as an op-ed.


Indira D’Souza

Indira D’Souza is an undergraduate student majoring in global disease biology at UC Davis. Her winning essay proposes a system for universal health care coverage named “Medicare for All”.

Read Indira’s winning essay at CalMatters here:

Why California Women of Color Need Universal Health Care

Congratulations, Indira!

Thank you to all the students who submitted such thoughtful and thought-provoking essays, and to Yousef Baig, commentary editor at CalMatters, for his support.