Recent COSSPP Grads Receive Fellowships
by Amy Farnum-Patronis,University Communications, and COSSPP communications staff
Two recent graduates with majors in the college were among three graduates of Florida State University to receive 2019 fellowships from Humanity in Action (HIA), an international organization that educates and inspires young leaders who are passionate about changing the world.
Beginning this summer, fellowship winners Saleshia Ellis and Kiara Gilbert, along with family and child sciences major Brandon Brown, will participate in the one-year program, which brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
The program welcomes college and university students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States and Ukraine. Fellows participate in intensive four-week educational programs located in cities across Europe and the United States. After the four-week onsite educational programs, fellows return to their countries to develop and implement action projects to address social justice issues in their own communities.
“We are so proud of our Humanity in Action Fellowship recipients and cannot wait to hear about their experiences,” said Joshua Stanek, associate director of FSU’s Office of National Fellowships. “We can all be proud that three of the 46 students chosen from American universities this year will be representing FSU.”
Roberto Flores, FSU’s 2017 Humanity in Action Fellow and an interdisciplinary social science major, assisted candidates during the application process.
Ellis, a native of Fort Pierce, Florida, will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, for her summer program. A first-generation college student, she graduated in May 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in social science and African American studies. Ellis was a member of FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) Program, participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Service Scholar Program and Student Government Association and was part of the 2018 cohort of the college’s signature Social Science Scholars program.
In 2018, she was chosen for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation summer internship program.. She thanked Stanek and the Office of National Fellowships for their support and assistance during the process.
“I am overwhelmed with so much gratitude and #BlackGirlMagic,” Ellis said. “I cannot wait to not only contribute my voice and joy to the program but also to improve my skills as a servant leader.”
Gilbert, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, who graduated earlier this month with bachelor’s degrees in studio art and political science, will be attending the HIA program in Berlin.
Gilbert participated in LeaderShape in 2018, served as the Pride Student Union programming coordinator in 2016-2017 and led the FSU chapter of Queer Trans Intersex People of Color as its president in 2017-2018.
“I am ecstatic to be offered such an amazing opportunity to discuss the issues that plague democracies on a global scale,” Gilbert said. “I can’t wait for my passion for creative problem solving and collective action to be nourished in a new environment.”
Humanity in Action fellows are required to build upon discussions on social issues after the four-week program by producing Action Projects, which grapple with these issues in society.
For more information about the Humanity in Action Fellowship, visit this link.