Emerging Scholars Award

The Coalition for Community Writing actively works for antiracism and decoloniality in the academic fields, the community and government organizations, and the home communities of our members. Too often community-engaged scholars’ work is delegitimized or ignored, called service rather than scholarship, leading to isolation, lack of support and mentorship, and threats to security. This reality is heightened for BIPOC students and scholars. We denounce the long and ongoing legacy of white supremacy, settler colonialism, and violence against the intellectual ideas, bodies, and mental wellbeing of BIPOC students, colleagues, community partners, and loved ones.  

In response, the Coalition for Community Writing, in collaboration with the American Indian Caucus, the Asian/Asian American Caucus, the Black Caucus, the Latinx Caucus, and DBLAC, offers The Conference on Community Writing Emerging Scholars Award for BIPOC graduate students and faculty. We particularly welcome applications from graduate students, adjuncts, non-tenure track faculty, and faculty without other funding sources, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA people at community colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and tribal colleges. If you are from one or from multiple/intersectional eligible group(s) and an emerging scholar, you are eligible to apply. No prior conference or presentation experience is necessary. 

This is a two-year award with free membership to the Coalition for Community Writing and ongoing mentorship and professional development opportunities as part of the award.

Criteria: The selection committee will consider Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian American, American Indian/Indigenous, and Pacific Islander faculty and graduate students, regardless of citizenship status. Applicants must be current graduate students, post-docs, or in their first five years as an adjunct or faculty member. 

2021-2023 Emerging Scholars:

  • Sweta Baniya
  • Genesis Barco-Medina
  • Christopher E Castillo
  • Tabitha Espina
  • Tracey Flores
  • Erin Green
  • Mohammed Iddrisu
  • Charisse Hope Sayo Iglesias
  • Logan Middleton
  • Hugh Pressley
  • Thea Robertson
  • Elizabeth Rule
  • Benesemon Simmons
  • Teigha VanHester
  • Bernardita M. Yunis Varas
  • Keahnan Washington
  • Raymond Two Hawks Watson
  • Patience Williams 
Herstory/Coalition for Community Writing Fellows Teaching For Peace and Justice Institute:
Memoir as a Tool for Movement Building and Deep Change

Herstory Writers Workshop, the Coalition for Community Writing (CCW), and the Jacob Volkman Human Rights Fellowship Program join together to train up to ten graduate student and junior faculty teaching fellows to use an innovative, empathy-based tool kit as part of a story-based strategy for healing and change.

Up to ten fellows, chosen competitively, will participate in a nine-month online inter-generational facilitator training institute, which will include graduate students, along with educators, health care practitioners, and human and legal service providers, who are able to incorporate the pedagogy into their current work, activists endeavors, and research projects.

Each fellow initiates an ongoing writing project using the Herstory method during the course of the nine months. Throughout the training period, fellows receive intensive mentoring with the overarching goal to provide each fellow with tools to lead their own community-based memoir writing groups and gain a deeper understanding of community-engaged pedagogies.

Calls for fellows applications go out each summer.

2020-2021 Herstory/CCW Fellows:

  • Angeline M. Dean
  • Megan Heise
  • Gabrielle Kelenyi
  • Jessica Lowell Mason
  • Shahrzad Sajadi
  • Alison Turner
  • Paul Mikel Watts-Offret
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