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Black Excellence Research Symposium 2020-2021

The inagural “UC Merced Black Research Fellowship,” funded by the Office of the Chancellor, was a piloted fellowship program housed under the Dean of Students Office that provides four $2,500 research fellowships (2020-2021) for the creation of projects that demonstrate a commitment and ability to advance racial justice and black liberation at UC Merced. Awarded projects were intersectional and addressed: anti-blackness, anti-black violence and policing, historical trauma and radical healing and/or black excellence and success. All four awardess were recognized during the Black Excellence Research Symposium on May 7th, 2020.

Black Excellence Research Symposium 2020-2021

Download the presenter's slides below:

  • “But, why are you offended? An examination of how microagressions foster anti-Blackness in the workplace at  UC Merced”, by Tucooa Polk
  • “Unpacking “Black”: Ending Erasure and Homogenization of Black College Student Experiences”, by Dr. Ireene Beattie
  • “Stories and Meaningful Statistics: A mixed-method intersectional approach to exploring Black Health and Black Identity among faculty, students and staff at UC Merced”, by Tashelle Wright
  • “Black Wellness Initiative at UC Merced”, by Tatiana Howell

View the Symposium Recording below: