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Spelman College Students Selected for 2023 UCSB AfroLatinidades Institute

March 2023

Jasmine MannSpelman College Spanish minors Jasmine Mann, C’2024, and Madison Brown, C’2025, will embark on a comprehensive journey to explore the complex Black roots of Latinx history, identity, culture, and politics as 2023 fellows for the AfroLatinidades Advanced Mentoring and Summer Research Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).

This competitive internship opportunity – part of the UCSB AfroLatinidades Institute – is funded by the University of California (UC) System’s UC-HBCU Initiative, which strives to cultivate research-based relationships with students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to increase Black student representation in UC graduate programs. Additional partners in this initiative include Morehouse College and Texas Southern University.

Through an engaging curated curriculum, Mann and Brown will enjoy monthly virtual topical discussion sessions from March through June followed by an in-person summer experience at UCSB – offering coursework in AfroLatinx literature, culture, and criticism. Additional support to ensure success is granted through access to an extensive UC System-wide mentorship initiative, field trips to various UC campuses, and participation in research presentations at select conferences.

To learn more, visit the UCSB AfroLatinidades Institute website.

Madison Brown

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