Hi! My name is Victoria, and I’m the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences Coordinator for the Curricular Resource Center, and the new captain/blogger for CRCFIRe.
A bit about me: like it says on the CRC website (which you should visit), I’m currently a junior studying Ethnic Studies. My research interests are in critical refugee studies and critical human geography, specifically on how Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian refugee communities work to survive and organize within histories of militarism and land displacement, colonialism, and the violence of late-capitalist neoliberal America.
Victor and Mya have both left tremendous legacies as FIRe coordinators, which I hope to honor and build upon. As FIRe coordinator, my goal is to intentionally make fellowships and research opportunities more accessible for students marginalized by academic institutions: that includes first generation college students, low-income students, historically under-represented students of color, and undocumented students and those from mixed-status families. Research and fellowships can feel so unattainable for marginalized students, and I want to change that. If you’ve ever been made to feel that your ideas and interests don’t matter, I want to affirm that they really are worthwhile (and so are you!), and there are so many opportunities to make your ideas happen.
Things to expect from this blog:
- Student Spotlights
- Opportunities Spotlights
- Tips and Advice on Applications
As FIRe Coordinator, I also plan to hold events and intentionally outreach to different communities on campus like those in the FLiCenter, BCSC, Swearer Center and LGBTQ Center. Follow the CRC newsletter (email firstname.lastname@example.org) to stay on top of FIRe programming.
I hold advising hours in the CRC and FLiCenter: Tuesdays 1-5pm and Fridays 10-2pm in the CRC (stay tuned for FliCenter hours). During that time, we can talk about your academic interests and research, applying to fellowships and opportunities, and graduate school. I also advise more generally on coursework, integrating academics with community engagement and social responsibility, and thinking about life and The Future™️ (yikes!). Feel free to stop by regardless of where you are in your academic journey: maybe you have no idea what you’re doing, maybe you don’t even know what questions to ask, maybe your interests are different than mine, but we can work together to figure things out. I’m pretty resourceful, so if I don’t know the answer to your questions, chances are I’ll know someone who will.
I hope to see you at my advising hours or at a FIRe event, or to hear from you over email sometime in the next few months. I’m here to support you, and I look forward to talking soon.