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UC Merced Black Research Fellowship

The enduring legacy of slavery, segregation, racism and oppression in America must be addressed systemically. As we stand in the flames of injustice, merely condemning expressions and acts that dehumanize, silence and kill is not enough. We must go beyond and do more. UC Merced (UCM) is fully committed to addressing the systemic conditions that create injustice, a global scourge that has been perpetuated over centuries.

The “UC Merced Black Research Fellowship,” funded by the Office of the Chancellor, is 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. Projects must be intersectional and address: anti-blackness, anti-black violence and policing, historical trauma and radical healing and/or black excellence and success.

Black Research Fellowship 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: