Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies December 2020 Newsletter


Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez elected to Pulitzer Prize Board

Bunche Director and Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez was elected to the board of the Pulitzer Prize. Professor Lytle Hernandez, who was selected as a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, is among the 19-member board made up of of journalists, academics, and artists. To read more, please click here.

Professor Ford receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Chandra L. Ford is the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Black Women Physicians. Prof. Ford teaches in the Department of Community Health Sciences and serves as Founding Director at the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health. Here research considers relationships between racism and health outcomes. To read more about this award, click here

IAC Hosts a Virtual Fall Forum

The 2020 IAC Fall Forum may have looked a little different this year but was still successful in highlighting incredible scholars affiliated with the four ethnic studies centers. The Bunche Center was represented by our postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Farzana Saleem, and her faculty mentor, Prof. Tyrone Howard. To view this year's forum, please click here.


Profiles UCLA faculty, students, staff, and alumni who contribute to advancing the field of African American Studies

Professor Eddie Cole

Eddie R. Cole, Ph.D., is associate professor of higher education and organizational change at UCLA, and the author of The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom (Princeton University Press, 2020). Professor Cole joined UCLA in the fall of 2020 and was previously at William & Mary in Virginia.

Dr. Cole’s research focuses on college presidents’ historic role in shaping racial policies and practices both inside and outside of the educational sphere. As a scholar of higher education history, his finesse in using extensive, historical materials to address contemporary racial issues in higher education demonstrates the role of higher education in influencing all aspects of American life. Dr. Cole’s scholarship and public writing has also been featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has also appeared on BBC World News and C-Span.To read more about Professor Cole, click here.

BFP Corner

Learn about the fellows, faculty mentors, and postdoctoral scholars from the 20-21 cohort

De Anna Pittman in front of Al Prentice (Bunchy) Carter grave site, Compton, CA.

De Anna Mariah Pittman is a daughter of a Mexican American mother and an African American father. De Anna parents are migrants from Leon, Guanajuato and Prentiss, Mississippi. De Anna as born and raised in Compton, CA. After attending community college, DeAnna to transferred to UC Santa Cruz--one of four UC's she was accepted to. During her first quarter at UC Santa Cruz, De Anna took a course on community activism that made her aware of the forces that were threatening the community that made her aware and worried about gentrification. She transferred to UCLA to be closer to hime and study while also organizing against gentrification, displacement, and evictions.

De Anna is studying Political Science and African American Studies at UCLA. Since coming to UCLA, De Anna has worked for a tenants rights non-profit based in South Central. De Anna's is a founding member of the Compton Tenants Union. Since the pandemic began, they have supported tenants facing evictions, illegal lockouts, and harassment from landlords.

Community Calendar

Career Day with the LA Lakers Black Action Network

Friday, December 11th, 5pm

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IAC Grants and Predoctoral Fellowship Applications Now Open

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for grants and a predoctoral fellowship in support of research that is committed to the study of Black Life--in disciplines across campus. Both the IAC grants and Predoctoral Fellowship are administered by the Bunche Center. For more information, contact Assistant Director, Tabia Shawel (tshawel@bunche.ucla.edu) or visit the IAC website.


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