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Holy Cross Announces Inaugural Recipients of Scholarship in Action Grants

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

Stephanie Yuhl

Holy Cross has announced the two inaugural recipients of the “Scholarship in Action” grants for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Susan Rodgers, professor emerita of anthropology, and Stephanie Yuhl, professor of history, are the inaugural Scholarship in Action recipients, with the grants enabling the following research projects in the city.

"Through Scholarship in Action we want to build upon and deepen existing College commitments within the city by finding ways to align the scholarly interests and creative energy of our faculty and students with the needs of the local community. We encourage community partners and civic leaders to consider Holy Cross as both a resource and a motivated partner in serving the Worcester community,” said Holy Cross Provost Margaret Freije.

Sponsored by an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Scholarship in Action supports community-based faculty research projects in the City of Worcester.

The second Scholarship in Action grant cycle is currently underway and the deadline for completed applications is February 4, 2019. The research will begin in summer 2019.

The Projects

Rodgers’ “Refugee Resettlement in Worcester” project entails an anthropological ethnography about how refugees from Burma, Bhutan, and several African nations are making new lives for themselves in Worcester.

"The Scholarship in Action grant has been instrumental in furthering my collaboration with the Worcester Refugee Assistance Program, the Refugee Artisans of Worcester, and the Worcester Center for Crafts, not only to assist some of our city's new refugees with the complex resettlement endeavor, but also to document their new home-making experiences,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers and Holy Cross student researchers are conducting interviews with refugees ages 18 to 70, about various aspects of their resettlement journeys. Additionally, an exhibition of refugees' crafts is planned for early 2020 at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Yuhl is partnering with the Worcester Historical Museum and representatives from local organizations (including Worcester Pride, AIDS Project Worcester, and the Worcester Boys and Girls Club) to direct "From Margin to Center," a three-year project aimed at developing an historical archive and oral history and artifact collection of LGBTQ+-related materials in Worcester County.

Yuhl is co-curating an exhibit on LQBTQ+ History in Worcester County, set to take place at the Worcester Historical Museum from April 25 through October 12, 2019, as part of a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the monumental 1969 Stonewall Uprising.

 

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