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A&S Summer Fellows - 2018

During Summer 2018, 8 A&S Summer Fellows, 4 faculty mentors (Sojourna Cunningham, Dr. Patricia Herrera, Dr. Bedelia Richards, and Irina Rogova), and 1 community partner (Kelley Libby) collaborated on the Race & Racism at the University of Richmond Project. 

A&S 2018 Summer Fellows and mentors with oral history interviewees. Back row, left to right: Fellow Jacob Roberson, alums Stanley Jones, Rayford L. Harris, Jr., and Barry Greene. Middle row, left to right: Fellow Tucker Shelley, mentor Irina Rogova, alums Robin Mundle, Iria Jones, and Marilyn Branch-Mitchell, mentors Dr. Bedelia Richards and Sojourna Cunningham. Bottom row, left to right: Fellows Catherine Franceski, Eden Wolfer, Rena Xiao, Ayele d'Almeida, Kristi Mukk, and Mysia Perry.

Team Archive

Catherine Franceski is a rising junior from Washington, D.C. majoring in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law (PPEL) with concentration in politics and minoring in Rhetoric & Communication Studies. She is the president of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and a member of the Westhampton College Honor Council. This is her second year working on the Race & Racism Project. Last summer, she focused on studying the lives and legacies of “hidden” black figures in Richmond, Virginia’s history. Click here to view her final exhibit, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.











Kristi Mukk is a senior from Mililani, Hawaii. She is majoring in Rhetoric and Communications and minoring in English. She is a dancer and communications director for Ngoma African Dance Company. She worked as a Summer Fellow for the Race & Racism Project in 2018, and she is continuing her work this fall in the course Digital Memory & the Archive. She works as a content curator for Bunk History and focuses her studies on the relationships between archives, memory, public history, and digital media. Click here to view her final exhibit, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.






Tucker Shelley is a rising senior at UR from Burlington, Vermont. He is a member of the Theta Chi fraternity on campus. In his free time, Tucker prefers staying active and listening to good music. This is his first summer working on the Race & Racism Project and will continue similar work next semester for Dr. Maurantonio in the “Digital Memory and the Archive” course. Click here to listen to his final podcast, and here to read his contributions to our project blog.

Team Oral History

Ayele d'Almeida is a Political Science and Leadership double-major from Bloomington, Minnesota. Her work at Common Ground, the University of Richmond’s social justice initiative informed her decision to pursue the Race & Racism Project as a summer fellow. She hopes that through her fellowship and continued connection with the project, she will learn more about the University of Richmond. Ayele believes that the Race & Racism Project will also help later in life – as the project forces her to question institutions she may benefits from. She hoped to focus her research on black faculty and the presence of black students in white-dominated clubs and spaces. Click here to listen to her final podcast, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.

Mysia Perry is a rising sophomore majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and American Studies. She is from Richmond, VA. She is a part of the WILL* program, Peer Advisors and Mentors, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and she is an Oldham Scholar. She is a Westhampton College Government Association Senator for the Class of 2021. This is her first summer working on the Race & Racism Project on Team Oral History, and she is very excited to begin working for more equitable environment here at the University of Richmond. Click here to listen to her final podcast, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.












Jacob Roberson is a rising senior on the varsity football team from Richmond, VA double majoring in psychology and sociology. He is a co-vice president of UR Mentoring Network, he is a part of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and during the 2017-2018 academic year he was an appointed student representative of the Presidential Advisory Committee for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response. Additionally, he has been inducted into numerous honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Psi Chi. He joined the Race & Racism Project in the summer of 2018 as a part of Team Oral History and hopes to remain an active contributor and collaborator into and through the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to listen to his final podcast, and here to read his contributions to our project blog.

Eden Wolferis a rising junior from Wilmington, Delaware. She is majoring in sociology and minoring in education. This is her first summer working for the Race & Racism Project and she is excited to learn from this experience. Click here to listen to her final podcast, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.

Rena Xiao s a rising junior from New York City who has spent the majority of her life living abroad in Beijing, China. She is a Double Major in Geography and Global Studies with a Concentration in World Politics and Diplomacy, and a minor in WGSS. Click here to listen to her final podcast, and here to read her contributions to our project blog.