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From: Professor Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas, Department of Black and Latino Studies
Dear Baruch Faculty,
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Spring 2015 inaugural application cycle for the Valentín Lizana y Parragué Research Fellowship in Social Justice, and we are writing to request your help identifying intellectually promising potential applicants for support of independent or collaborative creative inquiry projects. We are asking faculty to nominate undergraduates who stand out for their creativity, intellectual curiosity, passion for research, and overall promise. These nominated students will be invited to attend an information session, which will take place on Thursday, April 23, 12:30 - 2:00pm in NVC 14-266.
The Valentín Lizana y Parragué Research Fellowship in Social Justice has been generously funded by the Valentín Lizana y Parragué (VLyP) Endowed Chair in Latin American Studies, established at Baruch College in 2011 to give visibility to the lives, histories, and experiences of Latin American, Latino, and Black populations in the United States and in Latin America. Named after the grandfather of a committed Baruch benefactor, the Valentín Lizana y Parragué Endowed Chair offers multiple research, travel, and course enhancement opportunities (see http://vlyplatinamerica.org for details).
The new Valentín Lizana y Parragué Research Fellowship in Social Justice will bring together a cohort of undergraduate Baruch students to develop, propose, and conduct projects in creative inquiries related to social justice. We define social justice broadly to include, but not be limited to, topics related to racial, gender, and class inequality, examinations of power and privilege, minority and immigrant rights, social welfare and access, among others. Creative inquiries may include written research, visual or performing arts, field work in communities or archives, or other research related projects. There are also funds available for the student to travel to research/arts sites. Participating faculty will be compensated for their mentorship and engagement with undergraduates involved in research projects.
We are asking for your help identifying promising applicants for this fellowship; these can be undergraduate students from your courses, or those you know from extracurricular activities and events. Rather than go strictly on the basis of GPA, we are interested in drawing students who have shown intellectual curiosity and promise and have expressed a passion for research on issues of social justice. We especially encourage the participation of students from underrepresented groups. The students you identify will be invited to attend an information session, to be held on Thursday, April 23. The session will outline the application process and discuss on-campus resources available for the development of research proposals.
Please send your nominations (names and e-mail addresses, if possible) to Ana.Ramos-Zayas@Baruch.cuny.edu by Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Dr. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas
Valentín Lizana y Parragué Professor of Latin American Studies
Department of Black and Latino Studies