Friday, April 06, 2018

Kimberly Ransom receives grant from Rackham Program in Public Scholarship

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Doctoral candidate Kimberly C. Ransom has received a Rackham Public Scholarship Grant. The mission of the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship (RPPS) is to support collaborative scholarly and creative endeavors that engage communities and co-create public goods. As a 2018 grantee, Ransom will invest a portion of her time during the grant cycle to actively engage with the RPPS network of faculty, graduate students, and community members, in order to disseminate findings from her work. 

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, with support from the U-M Office of Research, funded six projects. Each project results in a public good—informed by scholarship—which helps to address complex and wide-ranging social and cultural issues locally and abroad, from Thai migration to Israel to neighborhood-based economic opportunities for Latino/a communities in Detroit. A review committee selected the graduate students from a highly competitive pool. Their diverse set of projects demonstrates the scope of public engagement work graduate students are doing at U-M. Beginning early in their careers, the projects students co-created with partners also demonstrate the potential they have to shape the field of public scholarship into the future.

About Ransom's project

“Pickens County Rosenwald School Museum”

Rosenwald Schools were segregated schools founded in 1913 as a partnership between Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and African American communities in rural Alabama. They had a tremendous impact. Yet their history has primarily been told from the perspectives of former teachers and administrators, not former students. Working with the Pickensville Community Center (housed in a former Rosenwald school building), this project will document and collect oral histories of former students. These oral histories will form the foundation for an archive and museum that will tell the story of Rosenwald Schools from the voices of the children whose lives were transformed by the education they offered to black communities and students during a time when such opportunities were scarce.

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