I have been selected to receive the Sally J. Phillips Dissertation Fellowship during the Spring 2016 semester from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. This award is meant to provide funding to assist in completing my dissertation work.
On Monday, April 20, I was inducted into the inaugural cohort for the Lavender Leadership Honor Society at the University of Maryland. Inductees are selected by a panel based on equal parts their academic scholarship and their community activism, both past and present. The principles of the honor society are:
We seek to create a world and a university community that is fully equitable, and which empowers agents of social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and all those who face structural and interpersonal marginalization because of their gender identity and expressing or their sexual orientation.
We also believe in solidarity and collaboration, and in intersectional approaches to social justice that affirm the whole person and all things that can lead to liberated and flourishing communities.
We are a diverse community of leaders who value inclusion, kindness, and genuineness as core leadership values. We seek to build communities and networks, to support our communities, to foster an environment that creates spaces for many and diverse leaders and voices, to educate others, and to advocate for equity.
I have received a William and Madeline Welder Smith research travel award for 2015-2016 to fund my travel to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas. I will specifically be researching the Gladys Heldman papers which are archived there. Gladys Heldman was the marketing genius behind the Original 9 who formed in 1970 as a social movement to fight for equal pay and an equal number of tournaments for female tennis players.
For more information about the award, visit the William and Madeline Welder Smith research travel award website.
I won a University of Maryland’s Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This award will free up my time from teaching during the fall term so that I can fully focus on my dissertation.
I earned “honorable mention” for the 2013 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport’s Barbara Brown student essay award in recognition of my paper, “Towards a Feminist Physical Cultural Studies: Reflections from an ‘Outsider Within.'” I presented the paper at the NASSS annual conference in Quebec City, Canada, November 6-9, 2013.
I won the 2013 International Sociology of Sport Association’s graduate student paper award. The award is in recognition of my paper “Serena Williams: Gender, Race and (the Perception of) Violence in Women’s Professional Tennis.” I will present this paper at the ISSA World Congress of Sociology of Sport in Vancouver, Canada, June 12-15, 2013. To facilitate my attendance, I was awarded a Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant and the International Conference Student Support Award from the Graduate School of the University of Maryland. For more information, visit the ISSA website at: http://www.issa.otago.ac.nz/awards.html#GPA.