We are pleased to announce that Tellisia Williams has been awarded the Graduate Center Kenneth B. and Mamie Phipps Clark Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-19 Academic Year.
Dr. Kenneth Clark was a distinguished Professor of Psychology in CUNY’s City College of New York and, with Dr. Mamie Clark, did the research that led to the 1954 Supreme Court “desegregation” ruling in Brown v. Board of Education stating the “separate” is “not equal.” The Clarks were also friends with Dr. Proshansky. Dr. Hal Proshansky was a founder of the Environmental Psychology Ph.D. program as well as the second President of the CUNY Graduate Center.
Tellisia’s research represents a continuation of the work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark. While the dream of de-segregation has been realized, actual equality in academic spaces, including higher education has yet to come to fruition.
Her dissertation will investigate the built environment, educational policy, place making, and the personalized lived experiences of people in ‘diverse’ academic spaces. With the lens of Critical Race Theory, her project will center counter narratives that complicate diversity rhetoric used within academic spaces, in order to animate the various forms of resistance and transformation engaged by students of color. Additionally, this work complicates the discourse on inter-group relations by investigating how students of color discuss diversity and spaces of inclusion and exclusion.