I have hesitated these past few weeks to say anything. Black Lives Matter should be a given. And what more can I, a Chinese-American woman in a relatively privileged position in New York City, add to the discourse to educate, learn, and heal? However, I believe that a huge part of the continuity of systemic racism in America and beyond is that non-Black people acknowledge that there is a problem, yet do not push for any institutional change or create spaces where diversity can flourish.
After three weeks of sustained BLM resource-sharing and solidarity posts, we see the return to regularly scheduled programming on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. It’s not that we cannot go back to what we enjoy, but we should continue to reflect on how our social, legal, and professional structures got here. The work to heal and change is certainly a marathon, we need space to share our thoughts and resources on social media.
In Politics and International Relations
With the long road in mind, I’d like to reserve conversation on Ilkmade to address what each of us can do to ensure that we continue to talk about racial injustice in our chosen career fields.
In International Relations and Political Science, we analyze conflicts and policies that are often driven by enduring inequality and injustice. I study and research uncomfortable issues, yet I admit that I do not discuss these injustices in my workplace or profession at large. I want to change that.
What can we do now
These past few weeks have given me a chance to think about ways to remain focused and be an ally for change. I’d like to begin by encouraging you to donate to programs that support people of color and the black community specifically to continue scholarship in Political Science and International Affairs. Please share this widely!
Funding opportunities for students that are underrepresented, minority, POC
Many of these opportunities are awarded from large government or foundations. However, many depend on generous donations from individuals. Please donate to fund these extraordinary programs in the field of politics and international affairs. (* next to those accepting donations!)
For graduate students and professionals:
* APSA Minority Fellowship
* DACOR Graduate Fellowships for Study of International Affairs
Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship
* Public Policy & International Affairs Program
* Southern Regional Education Board
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships
Twitter Public Policy Fellowship
USAID Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
For undergraduates juniors/seniors:
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program: Six-week summer program at Howard University for a deeper look into career opportunities in foreign affairs.
* DACOR Undergraduate Metro Scholarships: To encourage underrepresented groups to study international affairs
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders: flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to support young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa at a U.S. college and professional development when they return home.
* Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program: Paid summer fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill to support the entrance of diverse students into humanities, social science, and fine art doctoral programs.
* Ralph Bunche Summer Institute: Five-week summer program at Duke University for minority undergraduates considering a Political Science PhD.
* Ron Brown Scholars Program: Awards college scholarships to outstanding African-American students
For early-career professionals:
* Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowship program: support to the black community to undertake public policy careers in DC