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Erica Allen awarded InterArts Diversity Fellowship

ATHENS, Ohio (June 7, 2005) -- When Erica Allen heard that she received the InterArts Diversity Fellowship from Ohio University's School of Interdisciplinary Arts, she almost screamed at work. Allen is the first recipient of this award, which promotes diversity within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.

"It makes me think highly of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, because it has established this scholarship for diversity," says Allen. "They are not just talking the talk, but they are walking the walk, unlike other schools."

Allen, a native of Clearwater, Fla., will be exploring African women of diaspora and the interactions and contributions they have made to film and theater.

"I'm looking forward to starting my three- to four-year journey to my doctorate," says Allen. "I'm grateful for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to working with the department."

The InterArts Diversity Fellowship is designed to increase the school's ethnic, racial and socioeconomic diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The award is a part of Ohio University's commitment to improve diversity.

Allen received the award based on her superior academic achievement, commitment to a career in teaching and research, promise as a scholar and educator, as well as her commitment to using diversity as a resource in education.

Allen will be given $18,039 and a full tuition fee waiver. She also will be expected to participate in outreach activities to minority communities and to develop strategies to respond in productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

"I feel really blessed to have the chance to further my education," says Allen. "I know much is expected of me."

Ohio University's School of Interdisciplinary Arts offers a unique program of study in the arts. The doctorate program educates scholars who are grounded in a single discipline and are able to view that area through the lens of the other arts.

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