Stronach Prize Winners

Power & Joy: Untold Stories of Undocumented Women

For her project, Power & Joy: Untold Stories of Undocumented Women, Marithza will create an illustrated book that features what she describes as the untold stories of agency and creativity of undocumented women in the U.S. Writing the book she wishes she had read when she arrived in the U.S. at seventeen-years-old, Marithza hopes it will serve not only as a directory of information but also as a meaningful revision of the narratives about undocumented women.

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Meditation for Student Health & Fulfillment

Meditation for Student Health & Fulfillment is a project that addresses the prevalence of mental health issues on the UC Berkeley campus by continuing the popular DeCal: Meditation & Mindfulness: Traditional and Neuroscientific Perspectives, developed by Harrison Rappaport. The course emphasizes applied instruction in traditional contemplative practices, with the support of written and artistic reflections, readings, movement activities, discussions, and exercises in kindness and gratitude. The first semester of the course achieved immense success, with many students reporting increased overall well-being, a greater sense of stability, and a bolstered ability to cope with life’s challenges. With the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, Gabrielle Dimick and Harrison Rappaport will extend this course for Berkeley students in the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to provide more students access to these highly impactful practices, Gabrielle and Harrison intend to create a non-profit organization and adapt the curriculum to broader settings.

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Cinema Sin Fronteras (Filmmaking Without Borders)

Cinema Sin Fronteras (CSF) is a 10 month long program created for undocumented young adults interested in learning how to be independent filmmakers; the program aims to reduce the gap between the film industry and undocumented creators. Through the program, participants will learn how to analyze scripts and films, write screenplays, and create an independent short film. By the end of the program, each participant will have a semi-professionally made short film to add to their film reel, as well as have experience working on other independent films. Each person will have the opportunity to play different roles in the process of creating a film which includes: director, producer, cinematographer, gaffer, and editor. The program will provide all of the necessary equipment needed to make a film, which is often inaccessible to undocumented communities. CSF also aims at diversifying the stories being told about the undocumented immigrant experience in the […]

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Amplifying Sanctuary Voices

Amplifying Sanctuary Voices (ASV) is a community-based oral history project centering the stories of Bay Area residents who have come to the U.S. seeking safety. ASV stimulates dialogue and creates space in the mainstream political conversation for the diverse and underrepresented voices and experiences of those impacted by policy decisions, informed by a project leadership team of community organizations and narrators. Over the past year, ASV has conducted over ten interviews informed by trauma resiliency and storytelling methodologies, hosted three arts-based workshops for unaccompanied minors, piloted a participatory community storytelling event with educators and immigration rights advocates, and developed a timeline of the sanctuary movement in the Bay Area on display in the MLK Student Union. With the support of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, ASV, led by Rebecca Gerny, will launch an online platform; pilot web-based workshops for educators, students, and community members; and partner with local teachers […]

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