Wofford Black History Research Project

Spend the summer on campus. Earn money. Gain new research skills and help the college develop an oral history of Wofford’s Black faculty, staff and students!

September 2024 will mark the 60thanniversary of Wofford College’s desegregation. To commemorate this milestone in the college’s history, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce its first summer undergraduate research opportunity: an oral history of Wofford’s Black faculty, staff, and students.

Five students will be selected to participate. Participants will receive training in Wofford history and oral and public history methodologies. Then they will become active participants in interviewing Wofford alumni and researching and writing Wofford’s Black history. Participating students will also assist in preparing digital and physical exhibitions.

Students selected for the Summer 2023 research project will receive a $3,300 stipend, on-campus housing and a summer meal plan for 10 weeks of work (June 5-August 11, 2023). Students who elect to continue with this research project will be eligible to participate in a January 2024 oral history Interim and to complete a second paid summer research experience in Summer 2024. Students will receive co-author/researcher credit in all publications and exhibitions.

This project is sponsored in part by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment Inc.

Who Should Apply?

This project is open to any interested Wofford student. Preference will be shown to students who can work on the project for both years of the grant.

Application Process

Students interested in applying for this opportunity must submit a personal statement of no more than two pages explaining why they are interested in participating in this project. Applications should be e-mailed to OEDI@wofford.edu by 5 p.m., Feb. 17, 2023.