Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network


Welcome to the spring 2016 edition of the MMFPN Alumni Newsletter!

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Mentoring Program

MMFPN hosted the NYC Mentoring Mixer on February 19. Fellows networked with experienced MMUF alumni in academia and other sectors based on career interests, professional and personal goals, and geographical location.

We will continue to provide events and other mentoring resources. For more information contact

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Shively Smith (Fisk University '02) earned a Masters of Divinity at Emory University and a Masters of Theological studies from Columbia Theological Seminary. Smith was also awarded an international fellowship to study theology at Oxford University in England as an English-Speaking Union Luard Scholar. In 2002-03,  Essence Magazine named her of "The Ten Most Incredible College Students" in the USA.

Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University as the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in the program. In October 2016 her first book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household, will be published. She is working on her second monograph and continues to do independent writing and blogging through her website: Smith is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Edgar Sandoval (Dartmouth '14) is currently attending the University of Washington in the Geography PhD program. Edgar’s research examines how undocumented queer immigrants (UndocuQueers) create spaces for social and political identity formation and, consequently, the spatial practices of alliance building between environmental justice, faith, racial justice, and other movements.

Edgar recently presented a paper on UndocuQueers for a Sexuality and Space conference in San Francisco. He also participated in a paper session on the geographies of violence and the LGBT movement in Brazil. He works with undocumented students at the Leadership Without Borders Center. With support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program, Edgar plans on developing other methods for fieldwork and different ways for presenting ethnographic results. 

Our Instagram spotlights even more incredible Mellons! A big thank you to the MMUF coordinators for providing us with alumni updates.

Graduate School

In April, MMFPN hosted the Graduate School Bootcamp at Princeton University. Fellows were given individualized advice on their graduate school applications and developed their personal statements. Fellows reported that:

"This event was very powerful. Now I feel more motivated to apply to Ph.D programs."

"The workshops and mentor pairings were perfect. I received a lot of good advice and direction."

"The event gave me valuable insight...I appreciated meeting other Mellons and forming connections."

We are excited to announce that the next Bootcamp will take place on June 23-24 at the University of Chicago. We anticipate another engaging and productive event and encourage all Fellows considering graduate school to register as soon as possible as space is limited.

Register here.

Webinar Series

Unlocking the Academy: The Keys to Applying to Graduate School

MMFPN is pleased to announce our webinar series, “Unlocking the Academy: The Keys to Applying to Graduate School.” Designed by Dr. Josephine Moreno, this is a six-course miniseries detailing the graduate application process. Speakers will include Dr. Moreno, and Dr. Kellie Butler, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at UC Davis.

MMFPN kicked off the series on April 27 with a successful first course. The next course will be on May 26 at 3:00pm EDT! You can join us using the following link.                

Contact your coordinators or for more information.

Regional teams are the heart and soul of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network. Each team serves as the conduit through which MMUF alumni connect to one another in their region.

Visit this page for information on getting in touch with your local MMFPN regional team.
  • The Los Angeles team put together several exciting events, including a Mixer this past February. More info can be found at their Facebook group.
  • The San Francisco team recently planned a unique event called Mellon Mays Goes to the Theater: The Colored Museum. Join their Facebook group for updates or email Kira Hooks.
  • The Washington DC team organized several events including the Women's History Month Mixer and the Fall Mixer and Food Drive. The team needs new regional leaders. If interested in volunteering, contact

Washington University in St. Louis is seeking a Senior Associate Director, Affinity Engagement to create a strategic plan for the Alumni Association’s Affinity Programs starting with the Black Alumni Council.
Apply Here.

The English Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) is seeking Assistant Professors, Associate, or full Professors of English.
Apply Here. 

Morehouse College's Department of Political Science is seeking applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Apply Here.

Brown University's MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching) Program is looking to hire a lecturer and director of the Social Studies program.
Apply Here.



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