Eugene Ruehlmann Fellowship Application

Fellowship Application Open!

Due October 31, 2014!


Apply now!


The Eugene Ruehlmann Fellowship is a prestigious, two-year award for an advanced student in the Union Institute & University’s PhD program with


• a concentration in either Ethical & Creative Leadership or Public Policy & Social Change

• and who has completed at least 45 credit hours at the time of the award.


The purpose of the fellowship is to support students during the research and writing phases of their dissertations. Eligible students must have a dissertation project that has met with provisional approval by the dissertation chair and committee member, and promote the spirit of patience and cooperation in community building exemplified by Eugene Ruehlmann’s lifetime of public service.


Click the link to apply and find out more!

Executive Director of Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC)

Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition (BSHRC), a Program of 501(c)3 Fusion Partnerships, Inc., is searching for an Executive Director (ED) to begin on or about Jan. 1, 2015. This position presents an exceptional and unique opportunity for a budding social justice professional to take on a full-time leadership role early in their career. The ED will assist in developing and/or sustaining a range of high-impact advocacy, educational, and service activities, such as our Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution program. This person will network and work closely with diverse volunteer-members (the majority of whom are graduate and professional students), an advisory board of local and national experts, private foundations, and university and government officials.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

* Leading activities and duties related to grant writing, grant reporting, fundraising, budgeting, fiscal sponsorship, and advisory board maintenance;
* Networking with local and regional stakeholders in the health, policy, and social service fields, in order to promote understanding and acceptance of harm reduction practices and policies and bolster group influence and reach;
* Managing program operations, logistics, personnel, and evaluation for at least twice/monthly overdose education and response trainings in a variety of community-based and institutional settings;
* Coordinating opportunities for the organization, our members, and local students to develop skills in harm reduction-related practice and leadership;
* Managing organization’s web presence, including maintaining and editing content on website, newsletter, and social media platforms;
* Presenting on broad harm reduction-related topics to local students, professionals, and residents.
Qualifications (full list of requirements here):

* Bachelor’s degree AND minimum one year full-time (or two years part-time) paid or volunteer experience facilitating organizational development or capacity-building required, preferably with a non-profit or community-based organization;
* Demonstrated interest in harm reduction and issues that impact the health of people who use drugs and/or are involved in the sex trade;
* Experience with grant writing and reporting, event coordination, and volunteer management;
* Exceptional writing, editing, and oral and digital communications skills;
* Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, to see the big picture while also producing results in the short-term;
* Those who have lived, worked, or studied in Baltimore preferred;
* Tolerance of a non-traditional schedule and access to reliable transportation are essential. Evening meetings and events at locations throughout Baltimore City are common.
This is a FT (36 hr/wk), salaried position. $39.5k plus comprehensve, flexible benefits offered.

To apply, please e-mail a resume/CV and cover letter to Jennifer Kirschner at by Nov. 7, 2014.

Please see full description of position and requirements here.

BSHRC ED Job posting


Call for Papers, Panels, or Workshops for “Using History to Make Slavery History”

Call for Papers, Panels, or Workshops for “Using History to Make Slavery History”

A Conference sponsored by Historians Against Slavery

Hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 24-27, 2015


This antislavery conference, building on its predecessor sponsored by Historians Against Slavery in 2013, is designed to facilitate dialogue, scholarship, and action in our efforts to end contemporary slavery.  This conference seeks to bring together survivors and other activists from as varied backgrounds as possible, educators at both K-12 and college levels, government officials, and scholars to illuminate vital themes that can inform today’s movement.  The conference organizers are determined to “integrate” panels and workshops, so that scholars and activists constantly share the stage.  We will consider workshops, roundtables, and less traditional academic formats for presentations, as well as traditional academic-style panels.  We hope the conference will offer numerous practical examples of how history might be used to inform modern abolition efforts.

This conference is timed to commemorate and explore the contemporary significance of the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in the United States.  Specifically, we are interested in papers and panels exploring what the persistence of slavery means for how we remember and commemorate moments of emancipation like the 13th Amendment.  But we are also very interested in broadening the temporal and spatial scope to include more than the national stories of emancipation in the Anglo-American world in the nineteenth century.  For instance, panels and papers illuminating contemporary lessons from other forms of slavery beyond the Atlantic world, and from abolition efforts after the late nineteenth century, would be especially welcome.  While hoping to engage such global issues, we also hope to explore the local aspects of slavery and abolition in the past and present.

The conference organizers also hope to foster in-depth and critical attention to vital definitional and comparative questions.  Those themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Which historical parallels best fit contemporary forms of slavery and abolitionist efforts, and which do not?  Why?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of applying the term “slavery” to contemporary forms of bondage and human trafficking?
  • What can historians and activists learn from each other about how to best leverage the energies and resources of faith groups and governments?

The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2014.  Please send proposals to the program chairs:

Matthew Mason

Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University



Nikki Taylor

Chair and Professor of History, Texas Southern University