Shirley Chisholm Dissertation Award

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Shirley Chisholm Dissertation Award

The Shirley Chisholm Dissertation Award recognizes a scholar whose dissertation deepens understanding of the value and contributions of people of color in advancing the aims of democracy through racial and gender equality, immigrant rights, and access to improved education and healthcare in the United States. An alumna of Teachers College, Shirley Chisholm was an early childhood educator, New York State legislator, first African American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, lifelong defender of human and civil rights, and first African American to run for a major party's nomination to be President of the United States.

We invite faculty members to recommend Ph.D. or Ed.D. recipients who graduated from Teachers College in the previous calendar year whose work embodies the essence of Shirley Chisholm’s life and legacy. Please send a PDF of your signed letter of nomination and a PDF of the completed and approved dissertation to Mitzi Pelle by January 15, 2018.

A Faculty Selection Committee will review dissertations of eligible nominees, and a recipient will be notified in March 2018. The award will be conferred during the alumni celebration at the Academic Festival in April, along with a check for $2500 for the scholar whose work is honored.