Clarion University students and faculty have been selected to serve and research on “I Fear for My Life: They That Mourn” project for the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative for the State System of Higher Education.
"I am really proud that Clarion has so much representation in this project," said Director of Social Equity Amy Salsgiver.
The Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative has partnered with the 400 Years of African American History National Commission on a book project called "I Fear For My Life: They That Mourn."
Two PASSHE students, Anisa Venner-Johnston and Clarion student Kiara Campbell, have been selected for the "I Fear For My Life: They That Mourn" paid internship.
Selected students are working with faculty mentors to identify materials for a collection that will showcase the public dialogue related to recent police shootings of unarmed black individuals. The book will feature cases like George Floyd, Sandra Brand, and Kayla Moore as well as law enforcement testimonials reflecting on these cases and the fear that they experience daily while working this profession. There will also be a chapter devoted to the 2016 Dallas Police shootings.
Campbell of Canonsburg is a senior sociology major and social work minor at Clarion University.
During her time at Clarion, she is a part of a sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha and the Clarion University Hip Hop Dance Team. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans to obtain her master's degree in social work and move on to policy and grant writing.
"I am super excited for this internship as I have always been fascinated with researching, and I am ecstatic to start researching on this project!" Campbell said.
The interns will conduct research remotely at national museums and interview important individuals in law enforcement, politics, and activist circles about the publicized cases. The two interns will also present the research that they collected at the Douglass Research Showcase in spring 2021.
Along with Campbell, two faculty members and two other Clarion students are conducting research for the "I Fear For My Life Project." They are Dr. Jane Walsh, associate professor of social sciences, who will work with student, Eric P. Wilson, and Dr. Paul Klenowski, associate professor of criminal justice, who will work with student, Vincent P. Dongilli.