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A&S Summer Fellows - 2017

During Summer 2017, 10 A&S Summer Fellows, 1 Spider Intern, 5 faculty mentors (Dr. Jordana Cox, Dr. Patricia Herrera, Dr. Nicole Maurantonio, Dr. Bedelia Richards, and Irina Rogova), and 1 community partner (Free Egunfemi of Untold RVA) collaborated on the Race & Racism at the University of Richmond Project. 

Left to right: Catherine Franceski, Maryam Tahseen, Cory Schutter, Elizabeth Mejia-Ricart, Hunter Moyler, Josh Kim, Vishwesh Mehta, Benjamin Pomerantz, and Jennifer Munnings on July 15, 2017, at the unveiling of the Maggie L. Walker Statue on Broad Street, Richmond, VA.

Team Race & Racism Project

Dominique "Dom" Harrington is a rising junior from Indianapolis, IN majoring in American Studies and minoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is apart of the Dean's Student Advisory Board, Students Creating Opportunities, Pride, and Equality, and she is both an Oldham and Oliver Hill Scholar. She has worked on the project for two years and looks forward to continuing to work for the project during her final year at the University. Last summer, she completed a digital exhibit on faculty response to institutional and national changes from 1968-1974. Click here to view her final exhibit, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.











Joshua Kim is a third year Journalism and French major at the University of Richmond. He has dedicated his time on campus to help engage the UR campus community in diversity and inclusivity movements. Josh has worked as an intern for the Q-Summit -- a statewide event dedicated to LGBTQ+ teens and young adults -- worked as an editor for the Collegian newspaper, and was the former Director of Public Relations for the Multicultural Student Solidarity Network. During his time with the Race & Racism Project, he investigated the history of Korean-American students at the University of Richmond, and used his findings to create a podcast titled, "Spider of Color Podcast." Click here to listen to his final podcast, and here to read his contributions to our project blog.













Karissa Lim is a rising senior at the University of Richmond double majoring in Psychology and Rhetoric & Communication Studies. During the summer of 2017, she served on the project as a correspondent from Philadelphia, PA. She studied and blogged about different sites in Philadelphia and created a digital story about a 1968 Collegian sex survey and censorship on the University of Richmond campus. Click here to view her final digital story, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.








Jennifer Munnings is a rising sophomore from Nassau, Bahamas, and attended in high school in New York. She studies at the University of Richmond double majoring in Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was a research fellow during the Summer of 2017 for the University of Richmond Race and Racism Project where she developed the exhibit “The Black Student Experience at The University of Richmond Main Campus: (1970-1992)”. The project explores the black student experience at University of Richmond and looks at the students integration into campus life as acts of self determination and activism. Click here to view her final exhibit, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.










Maryam Tahseen and is a junior majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at the University of Richmond. She was born and raised in Pakistan. Last summer, apart from uncovering the lives and stories of minorities and international students through archival research, she also focused on understanding and highlighting the racist implications of playing the song "Dixie" at University of Richmond athletic events in the 50's and 60's. Click here to read her contributions to our project blog.











Team Untold RVA

Catherine Franceski '20 is a student studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL) with concentration in politics and minoring in Rhetoric & Communication Studies. Last summer, she focused on studying the lives and legacies of "hidden" black figures in Richmond, Virginia's history. She will be continuing work with the Race & Racism Project as a A&S fellow on Team Archive in Summer 2018. Click here to read her contributions to our project blog.












Elizabeth Mejía-Ricart Guerra is a sophomore from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics. Elizabeth is a Boatwright and Oliver Hill Scholar, which are both part of the University of Richmond’s merit scholarship program titled Richmond Scholars. Additionally, she tutors Mathematics, Economics, and Spanish at the Academic Skills Center and is a Spanish Drill Instructor. She has been involved with the Race & Racism at the University of Richmond Project since the summer of 2017, during which she focused her research on the African Baptist Church, in partnership with community historian Free Egunfemi, founder of Untold RVA. She has continued her involvement with the project through her participation in the class Digital Memory & the Archive. Elizabeth looks forward to expanding her contributions to the project by doing independent research on the black fraternal organization of the True Reformers, as a 2018 A&S summer fellow. Click here to read her contributions to our project blog.








Hunter Moyler was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a rising junior at the University of Richmond, double-majoring in English and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He is vice president of the College Democrats at the University of Richmond and co-editor of the Opinions section in The Collegian. This summer, he’s elated to have the opportunity to delve into the history of race relations in his state thanks to an A&S Summer Research Fellowship. Click here to read his contributions to our project blog.

Benjamin Pomerantz is a rising junior majoring in American Studies and minoring in both Rhetoric & Communication Studies and History. This summer was his first time working with the Race & Racism Project, and he was very happy to be able to join the team for this summer as an A&S Summer Research Fellow. Click here to read his contributions to our project blog.

Cory Schutter is a Rhetoric and Communications Studies major and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) major at the University of Richmond. Cory is a Bonner Scholar, a student ambassador for the Center for Civic Engagement, and a Student Coordinator at UR Downtown. As an A&S Summer Fellow, Cory researched Richmond city history and contributed to a historical database for Untold RVA. Click here to read his contributions to our project blog.












Spider Intern

Vishwesh Mehtais a senior from Mumbai, India, majoring in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. Vishwesh began his involvement in the Race & Racism Project in the Spring of 2017, when he was enrolled in an independent study course, and continued his participation through the summer as the Social Media and Public Relations Intern for the project. He has been compelled by the archive’s ground level perspective on conversations and incidents involving race on the University campus. This post was written as a part of Digital Memory & the Archive, a course offered in Fall 2017. Click here to read his contributions to our project blog.