Whitney Spencer was awarded the 2019 Roger Ebert Fellowship at the Sundance Institute, a workshop that brings together emerging film writers, critics, and filmmakers for mentorship jointly by the Sundance Film Festival and RogerEbert.com. Whitney was a 2018 TEDxDePaulUniversity featured speaker with her talk, Reimagining the Intellectual. Most recently, she served as an intern at Kartemquin Films under the accomplished documentary filmmaker, artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin, Gordon Quinn. Whitney is a visual storyteller, focused on mastering the tools of filmmaking in order to reshape the understanding of the visual, cultural and intellectual aesthetics of self-defined Blackness.
CES MA student Darius Parker was awarded a Fall 2019 DePaul University Community-and Project-Based Internship Scholarship. Darius completed an internship with Kuumba Lynx, a non-profit hip hop arts and education organization where he currently serves as Operations Director. In early December Darius coordinated their 22nd Annual Arts Explosion. Darius, a Queer African American artist and creator, was born and raised in Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he studied Journalism and Minored in Black Studies. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and a proud product of Chicago Public Schools and After School Matters.
In Winter 2019, Alexis Beamon was chosen as one of eight fellows for the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative (CGVRC) Fellowship Program. The fellowship, sponsored by the Sinai Urban Health Institute, engages an interdisciplinary team of graduate and professional students across Chicago universities in research focused on producing epidemiologic profiles and mapping youth violence prevention assets for Chicago neighborhoods highly impacted by gun violence. The CGVRC Research Fellowship Program supports future professionals who have the passion and ability to positively affect change that reduces gun violence in Chicago neighborhoods and promotes youth opportunities. Beginning Fall 2019, she will attend DePaul University College of Law.