Pitzer Spotlights

2006-2007 Spotlight Archives

Senior Jamilah King Awarded a Union Semester Fellowship

Jamilah King '07
Jamilah King '07 has been awarded a Union Semester Fellowship by City College of New York.

Jamilah King, a double major in English and Black Studies, has been very active on campus during the past four years. Her activities, scholarship and commitment to social justice have not gone unnoticed by the City College of New York where she was awarded a Union Semester Fellowship.

Jamilah’s Pitzer activities include serving as a Resident Assistant, editor of The Other Side, as well as a member of The Black Student Union and the Pan African Students Association (PASA). She has also been a McNair Scholar.

Off campus, Jamilah has been productive as an Assistant Editor of Wiretap Magazine, an online publication dedicated to youth activism and social change. She has also been published in the Nation, Pop and Politics and Vapors online magazines.

During the summer of her junior year, Jamilah interned at The Freedom Archives in San Francisco.

“I chose Pitzer because of the small classes and its commitment to social justice. My area of interest in environmental racism and systematic damage”, Jamilah said. “My long-term goal is to teach and write professionally as well as to establish a program that tells the stories of the neighborhood.” Within the next two years, she plans on pursuing a master’s degree in journalism.

Union Semester is an intensive academic and internship program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Internships are 32 hours a week and students attend four classes each week. Jamilah and other fellowship winners will earn a certificate in Labor Studies after completing their internship.

Additional information regarding this fellowship opportunity may be found at www.unionsemester.org.

Lety Taylor '05 also won a Union Semester Fellowship. Taylor is currently establishing a non-profit social agency in New York.