College of Liberal Arts

Ford Foundation Awards Fellowship to Advance the Study of Black Student Activism and Identities

Fri, Apr 7, 2017
kihana miraya ross is an IUPRA postdoctoral researcher.
kihana miraya ross is an IUPRA postdoctoral researcher.

The Ford Foundation has awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to UT Austin Black Studies researcher kihana miraya ross for her research on black student identity development and the conflict between widespread student activism and the current sociopolitical environment.

One of only 24 selected in the United States, ross was chosen for the one-year $45,000 fellowship from a competition hosted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for her preparation “to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”

“I am so thankful to the Ford Foundation for investing in this work as a part of their broader dedication to the fight against inequality,” ross said. “Most importantly, I hope this work shines light on the ongoing work and dedication of Black student activists here at UT and across the country carrying on the struggle for freedom and justice.” 

In her work within the Institute of Urban Policy Research and Analysis, ross explores ongoing black undergraduate activism across the country and how its largest, most sustained reemergence since the Civil Rights era has transformed campus climates, while also examining the implications for individual and collective black student identity.

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