Four City College of New York professors awarded Graduate Center, CUNY Fellowships for Black, Race and Ethnic Studies

Four CCNY faculty members were awarded Black, Race and Ethnic Studies (BRES) Fellowships by the Graduate Center, CUNY. Associate Professor of sociology Norma Fuentes-Mayorga and Associate Professor of history Justin Williams are being awarded BRES Research Faculty Fellowships. English Professor Kathlene McDonald and Associate Professor of Anthropology Susanna Rosenbaum are being awarded BRES Curriculum Development Faculty Fellowships.
The fellowship is designed to enhance Black, race and ethnic studies scholarship and teaching throughout CUNY schools, and is part of a $3 million Mellon Foundation-funded initiative Black, Race and Ethnic Studies Initiative (BRESI) at CUNY, which seeks to reimagine and expand University programs in Black, race and ethnic studies.
Williams was awarded for his work "A Talented Tenth: Afrocentrism, Gentrification, and Racial Uplift in Newark, New Jersey." McDonald and Rosenbaum proposed a graduate level course titled “Centering Care/Work in Black, Race, and Ethnic Studies.”

Fellows will be affiliated with the BRES Collaboration Hub, a CUNY-wide, multidisciplinary initiative based at the Graduate Center.
A total of 65 people were awarded Fellowships including 20 CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students and 45 CUNY faculty. Stipends of $2,000 to faculty and $4,000 to students will be given out to support research, curriculum development projects, and dissertation research.
“We are excited that the Graduate Center will be the home for the BRES Collaboration Hub, which aims to catalyze innovative, collaborative research and education in Black, race and ethnic studies throughout CUNY,” said Robin L. Garrell, president of the CUNY Graduate Center. “The BRES fellowship program is truly a University-wide effort, as reflected in the selection of faculty fellows from 16 CUNY campuses and doctoral fellows from 12 diverse academic programs spanning the humanities and social sciences. We are grateful for the generous support from the Mellon Foundation and CUNY for this historic, transformative initiative.”

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Thea Klapwald