Awards Administered

Awards Administered

California Stories Fund, California Council for the Humanities — $10,000 (May 1, 2007–October 1, 2008; closed May 1, 2009)
Principal Investigator: Claudine Michel, Director CBSR and Professor, Department of Black Studies

In May 2007, the Center for Black Studies Research received a $10,000 grant from the California Council for the Humanities’ California Stories Fund for the production of It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist. The film premiered in April 2009 to an enthusiastic audience at the MultiCultural Center Theater, and the last disbursement of the grant was received on May 1, 2009.


University of California Humanities Research Institute — $8,000 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009)
Principal Investigators: George Lipsitz, Professor, Department of Black Studies, Department of Sociology; Ingrid Banks, Associate Professor, Department of Black Studies; Clyde Woods, Assistant (now Associate) Professor, Department of Black Studies

This third ethnic studies conference in a series was organized by Professor George Lipsitz and took place in October 2008. The conference staged an intercampus and interdisciplinary conversation about the ways in which sentiment, fear, anger, and love function as social and political forces. The dialogue featured intergenerational and interracial perspectives, and several speakers addressed the crucial roles played by gender and sexual normativity in shaping the social and cultural ecology of neo-liberalism. Speakers included scholars from the fields of History, Literature, Political Science, Art History, Global Studies, and Black Studies, as well as a filmmaker, a webzine editor, a dancer, a spoken-word artist, and a youth arts organizer. It featured fifteen different presentations by scholars from UCSB, UCI, UCLA, Brown, New York University, Williams College, Ithaca College, and the University of Oregon, and presentations by artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland.


University of California Humanities Research Institute — $5,000 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009)
Principal Investigators: Clyde Woods, Assistant (now Associate) Professor, Department of Black Studies, and Gaye Theresa Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Black Studies

This conference convened scholars for an exploration of how to create and build a Black California digital archive within the Journal of California Studies and Calisphere initiatives and how the Black California Studies initiative can support and coordinate public policy research on, and in, California’s African-American communities.

UCOP – University-Community Engagement Grant — $30,000 (January 1, 2008-December 31, 2008)
Principal Investigator: Julie Carlson, Associate Director, CBSR and Professor, English Department

The first half of the grant period for this award occurred during the previous fiscal year; the grant was subsequently extended to June 30, 2009. In December 2007 the Center was once again awarded the University Community Engagement Grant from UCOP to support the funding of Project Excel. Project Excel operates as a community-based academic preparation initiative now successfully beginning its third year. Project Excel is designed to improve the enrollment of local African-American and American Indian students at UCSB or any four-year college or university and to strengthen relations among UCSB, Santa Barbara City College, and communities of color in the greater Santa Barbara area. It is backed by UCSB but is located in the Santa Barbara community. Project Excel uses a combination of regular advising, mentorship by college students, tutors, parent programming, and attendance at community and university events to ensure the success of its students. It especially addresses the interests of the University-Community Engagement Grant in projects that improve readiness for four-year colleges, including UC, and projects that improve community college transfer readiness. The funding from this grant supports mentoring stipends, part-time office staff and part-time evaluator, parental programming, conference travel for the Director, in addition to operating supplies and expenses for the Project Excel office located at the Franklin Community Center in Santa Barbara.


Community Development Block Grant — $8,000 (July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010)
Principal Investigator: Julie Carlson, Associate Director, CBSR and Professor, English Department

This federal grant, awarded through the City of Santa Barbara, was made in June 2009 to support the activities of Project Excel. The funding period of the grant will be July 2009-June 2010.


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