Black Cultural Center

Black Cultural Center Scholar Program Application

The Black Cultural Center is pleased to announce the pilot of the BCC Scholar Program. Applications for the BCC Scholar Program will be accepted from June 16–September 5, 2007.  The selection process is competitive and only 3-6 students will be chosen to participate. Students will explore the dynamics of intellectual activism, in the tradition of black public intellectuals such as W.E.B. Dubois, Henry Louis Gates, James Baldwin, Lani Guinier, Cornel West, John Hope Franklin, Angela Davis and bell hooks.

Some program objectives are:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to link intellectualism with activism.
  • To engage students in learning research and publishing skills.
  • To provide guided learning opportunities to encourage innovative and creative solutions for addressing issues facing black communities.
  • To organize students to use their talents and skills to provide leadership in their communities and participate in community development.
  • To provide resources for students to attend and present at conferences, develop research/writings, and their individual projects.

Pilot program participants will be chosen based upon their application packet, in which applicants must summarize their stated talents and their interest in exploring the 2007-08 BCC theme of Hip-Hop: There is a Message in the Movement.

The program highlights include: an off-campus weekend retreat in the fall, participation in an intensive leadership development series, a professional portfolio, and special funds (up to $500.00) that will support the development of your project(s), conference participation, journal submission fees, etc.

Please submit completed application packets no later than September 5, 2007, to the Black Cultural Center or via e-mail tashia_bradley@berea.edu.

Completed packets include:

  • One-page essay addressing- How has the Hip-Hop movement influenced the community in which you live, what are the implications of this influence, and what if anything needs to be done with Hip-Hop Culture? Or Is there a message in the movement? If so, what is it, and how can we tell the world?
  • One-Page Résumé or Vita with Cover letter.
  • A summary of why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to gain from being involved.

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