Data Justice Scholars

With strategic funding UCLA received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to foster collaborative and community-engaged learning opportunities, the Mellon Data & Social Justice Curricular Initiatives Program, Digital Humanities Program, and the Center for Community Engagement are pleased to announce a dynamic new scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students titled the “Data Justice Scholarship.” We seek either junior or senior undergraduate students majoring or minoring in the social sciences and the humanities who demonstrate a commitment to social justice through their scholarship and community-engagement. Finally, this scholarship offers students a valuable learning opportunity to consider the intersections between data-based research and social justice. Students who are awarded the “Data Justice Scholarship” will enroll in a two quarter courses sequence titled “Whose Lives Count?” to consider the social justice implications of gathering, analyzing, and mobilizing data. Specifically, we will offer scholarship awards of $6,000.00 for the academic year 2022-2023. Under the guidance of the Program Director of the Mellon Social Justice Initiatives, the inaugural cohort of social justice scholars will also participate in collectively curating a new website which assembles data sources useful for research on social justice issues in Los Angeles. The emerging website will be hosted by the Center of Community Engagement and is titled the “Los Angeles Data Justice Hub.” The new cohort of “Data Justice Scholars” will also be required to present at an undergraduate colloquium in Spring 2023.

Eligibility: UCLA junior and senior undergraduate students who are enrolled as Majors or Minor in any discipline.

Application Process: Submit the application form attached to this announcement and upload your CV:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2022

Scholarship Requirements: The Mellon Data Justice Scholars will participate in the following activities during the academic year 2023-2024.

• Attend an introductory meeting and training at the start of Fall Quarter
• Enroll in the cross-listed Digital Humanities and Community Engagement course taught by Dr. Munia Bhaumik (Program Director of Social Justice Curricular Initiatives”) in Winter 2023
• Enroll in the seminar “Data Justice” taught in Spring 2023 by Dr. Munia Bhaumik
• Check-in through brief virtual individual meetings about trainings and assignments designed to enhance the work of the “Los Angeles Data Justice Hub”
• Present in Undergraduate Research Week

For further information about the “Data Justice Scholarship” supported by the Mellon Social Justice Curricular Initiatives grant program, please contact Dr. Munia Bhaumik, Program Director of the Mellon Social Justice Curricular Initiatives (munia@college.ucla.edu).

Award
$6,000
Deadline
05/15/2022
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please identify any relevant coursework or community-engaged experiences that apply to the social justice implications of gathering and mobilizing data?
  2. Do you have any experience in working with WordPress?
  3. Are you willing to present your research at Undergraduate Research Week?
  4. Please describe your motivation in being a UCLA Mellon Social Justice Scholar, and how it relates to your academic interests.
  5. Please describe your interest in being part of a student cohort that will be collaborating to curate a new website.
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