The Pensby Center is pleased to announce the availability of up to three summer 2015 funded fellowships for eligible undergraduates. Begun as internships in 2013, these annual fellowships support projects that relate to the Pensby Center's mission of promoting diversity, inclusion and community development. Over the course of these fellowships, students could, for example, collect, organize and annotate oral histories, letters, photographs and other historical materials from alumnae/i and past and present College faculty and staff. Such research could culminate in permanent additions to the College's archives, the basis of an exhibition on campus, or other significant contribution.
Emmett Binkowski is a Psychology Major and Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. He is a junior at the College and works as a supervisor at Haffner Dining Hall. He is also one of the student representatives for the Gender and Sexuality Studies program and an actor in the College’s Shakespeare Performance Troupe. During summer 2014, his research for the Pensby Internship focused on the history of gender identity and gender expression at Bryn Mawr. Emmett analyzed student publications such as literary magazines, newspapers, scrapbooks and class projects for clues about gender expression on campus in different time periods since the college’s founding. He also spoke with BMC graduates about their experiences as undergraduates at Bryn Mawr. By creating a digital archive of his findings, Emmett hopes to provide a resource to members of the college community to learn about the diverse gender identities and gender expressions of past and present Bryn Mawr students. In addition to Vanessa Christman, who oversees the Pensby Fellows and their work, Emmett’s faculty sponsor and mentor is Dr. Anita Kurimay, Assistant Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College.
Chantille Kennedy '15
Chantille Kennedy is from New Castle, DE, and is a senior at Bryn Mawr. She
majors in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Children &
Family Studies. Chantille is the President of Sisterhood, the African-American affinity group on
campus, a member/past executive board member of Bryn Mawr College’s
NAACP chapter, and a member of the varsity basketball team. Her Pensby
Fellowship research focuses on student diversity within the College,
specifically that of biracial and multiracial students and alumni. During the summer of 2014, Chantille conducted a survey asking questions of students and alumni on their
experience both before Bryn Mawr and during their time at Bryn Mawr in
regards to being multiracial, seeking to find out if their time at the College had been transformative. This research really resonates with Chantille because she herself has had a positive transformative process during her time at Bryn Mawr as a multiracial student. She hopes that future multiracial students at the College can also have a positive experience. This research will be presented in an online exhibit. Chantille worked with Vanessa Christman, who supervises the Pensby Fellows, and Louisa Egan-Brad, her faculty sponsor and a Psychology professor at Bryn Mawr College.
Lauren Footman ’14, (left) Vanessa Christman, and Alexis De La Rosa ’15.
Lauren Footman, Class of ‘14 is from Yeadon, PA and is majoring in English, with a double minor in Political Science and Africana Studies. Since arriving at Bryn Mawr Lauren has chartered a college unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), of which she is now the President. She is also a tour guide for the admissions office, as well a student coordinator for the Alliance of Multicultural Organizations (AMO) which is facilitated by the Pensby Center. Throughout the summer Lauren will work with Special Collections, to reveal and contribute insights into the experiences of Bryn Mawr College students, faculty and/or staff from Africa and the African Diaspora. She intends to interview alums, along with faculty and staff to document their personal reflections and share their experiences. This summer research will culminate in an online exhibit.
The internship also will give the students the opportunity to work on cataloging of the papers of distinguished alumna Evelyn Rich ’54, donated to the College this summer. The interns will get the chance to meet with Rich and interview her about her experience at the College. Footman and De La Rosa collaborate on joint projects like the Rich papers, but also have individual research projects overseen by a faculty advisor. De La Rosa will work with Assistant Professor Jennifer Harford-Vargas on a survey about the Bryn Mawr experience of Latina students and alumnae and Footman will work with Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim on a series of interviews with alumnae of color. Christman serves as mentor to both and holds weekly progress meetings with the students. The interns will chronicle the progress of their research and their work with the Rich papers on the Summer at BMC blog.