The Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship

Call for Nominations for the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Scholarship in Border Crossing Activism

The Social Justice Initiative is seeking nominations for the 2018-19 Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Scholarship in Border Crossing Activism. The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a UIC undergraduate student committed to social justice activism across national boundaries and identities. The Border Crossing scholarship is named for three Chicago-based organizers whose work exemplifies transnational solidarity and international movement-building: Prexy Nesbitt, Rosi Carrasco, and Martin Unzueta.

Prexy Nesbitt has inspired many young activists through his decades of activism, writing, and teaching. Through his political travel delegations to southern Africa, Cuba, and beyond, he has given young people a sense that “their people” are the struggling and oppressed people of the world, whatever their language or culture. By introducing the delegations to the likes of Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, he has ignited in so many of them the idea that they too can change the world.

Rosi Carrasco and Martin Unzueta are beloved among the young activists in the Immigrant Youth Justice League. Side by side with their two daughters Tania and Ireri –and with great risk to themselves –they make the links between civil rights and immigrant rights, between workers’ rights and human rights. Together, they have modeled generous and patient intergenerational collaborations and admittedly learned as much as they have taught.

The scholarship is open to all UIC undergraduate students in good standing who demonstrate vision and leadership in cross-border activism, including but not limited to:

·      Immigration/migration justice

·      Global social justice

·      International movement-building

·      Transnational solidarity

·      Local organizing with immigrant communities

Applications require a 1-2 page letter of nomination/recommendation, a 1-2 page personal statement from the student, and a copy of the student’s UIC transcripts.  Please send all materials to SJI Associate Director, Prudence Browne pbrown22@uic.edu by the deadline: January 29, 2018.  The scholarship recipient will be announced at the end of February 2018.

Students do not need to show proof of citizenship to accept the award. 

Nomination/Application Deadline: January 29, 2018