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About Pensby Fellowships

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.

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Meet the 2014 Pensby Interns

Emmett Binkowski '16Emmett with his dog


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 with hands on hips

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‚Äôs 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.


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Lauren Footman ’14, (left) Vanessa Christman, and Alexis De La Rosa ’15.

Meet the 2013 Pensby Interns

Alexis De La Rosa '15 (left) with fellow intern Lauren Footman '14. Alexis De La Rosa is from Claremont, CA and is a Psychology Major, English Minor with a LALIPC (Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures) Concentration. She is a rising junior at the college and is the current Co-President of Mujeres, the Latina/o affinity group on campus. This summer, her research for the Pensby Internship will revolve around the student experience in regards to diversity at Bryn Mawr. She will study diversity in academic and social settings of the college, paying particular attention to the Latina/o experience. Alexis is especially excited about a photography component which she plans to incorporate with her the research results. This internship is important to Alexis because her research will look at the absence of existing records on the experiences of students of color at Bryn Mawr College. Eventually, she hopes to work with increasing diversity in the workplace and increasing opportunities for minorities to hold positions of power. Her inspiration comes from the experiences of her parents and the adversity they faced being minorities in their respective workspaces. In addition to Vanessa Christman who oversees the Pensby Interns and their work, Alexis’ faculty sponsor and mentor is Dr. Jennifer Harford Vargas, Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College.

Meet the 2013 Pensby Interns

Lauren FootmanLauren 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.



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Acting Chief Information Officer and Director of Libraries Eric Pumroy guides Pensby Interns Alexis De La Rosa (middle) and Lauren Footman (right) in their research.

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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.