UCSB creates ‘Fellowships for Justice’ program

The UCSB graduate division’s diversity head stated that supporting minority students is the “most important action” for the school.

The Racial Justice Fellows will receive more than double the stipend funding offered to students completing summer research in the mathematics department.

The University of California-Santa Barbara will grant four “Racial Justice Fellowships” per year to graduate students, complete with a generous stipend.

The University of California-Santa Barbara will offer “Racial Justice Fellowships,” complete with covered costs and additional stipends.

According to the university’s official news service, the program exists to “enhance the recruitment of graduate students committed to teaching, research and mentorship around racial justice.”

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Each fellow will receive $8,000 in summer funding for three years, in addition to five years of full funding. Four fellowship slots will be offered to each class.

Several heads of UCSB academic departments will nominate students to the program.

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Graduate division director of admissions, outreach, and diversity Walter Boggan told the university’s news service that “the Racial Justice Fellowship Program is desperately needed and right on time.” 

He said that highlighting a commitment to minority students is the “most important action by the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division and deans from across all disciplines.”

The $8,000 stipends are comparable to the approximately $9,650 summer stipends granted by UCSB’s Beckman Scholars Program, which assists students studying biology, chemistry, and related fields. 

The Racial Justice Fellows will receive more than double the funding of students in the UCSB Mathematics Summer Research Program for Undergraduates, who receive $3,500.

Campus Reform reached out to UCSB for comment and will update this article accordingly.

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