When Obianuju C. Anya (Uju Anya), a UCLA PhD Candidate in Applied Linguistics, first happened upon a bulletin for the Thurgood-Marshall Fellowship at Dartmouth, she knew instantly that she had to apply. Having completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth, she felt it was fortuitous to come across this opportunity and that “it be would be poetic to end her academic career at the same place where it began”.
Now a fellow at Dartmouth, Anya is associated with the Program in African and African American Studies (AAAS) and is mentored by Antonio Tillis of AAAS and Rodolfo A. Franconi of Spanish and Portuguese and AAAS.
With her PhD near completion, she’s preparing for the next step in her career while simultaneously wrapping up her dissertation, “Investments in Communities of Learners and Speakers: How African American Portuguese Students Negotiate Ethno-Racialized, Gendered, and Social Classed Identities in Second Language Learning.” She’s also been keeping busy as the Resident Advisor at the Cutter-Shabazz Affinity House.
Read more about Uju’s experience as a Thurgood-Marshall Fellow on the Graduate Studies Website.
by Tennile Sunday
Photo by Tennile Sunday