Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (left), associate professor of African American studies, and Jessica Millward (middle), associate professor of history – shown here with doctoral student Lashonda R. Carter, who'll help with grant administration – will host four HBUC students on campus in the summers of 2020, 2021 and 2022 as part of an outreach program. Steve Zylius / UCI

Jessica Millward, UCI associate professor of history, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, UCI associate professor of African American studies, have received a three-year, $271,902 UC-HBCU Pathways Grant to partner with Morgan State University, a public and historically black research university in Baltimore. Administered by the UC Office of the President, the grants encourage UC faculty to actively engage in collaboration and cooperation with faculty and students at historically black colleges and universities to attract and retain graduate scholars who reflect the communities of the world. During the summers of 2020, 2021 and 2022, Millward and Willoughby-Herard will host four HBCU students on campus for a six-week research and graduate admissions pathway program centered on black digital humanities. As part of their training, students will gain skills in digital humanities and historical methods specifically focused on African American content, including work on the digital repository The Activist Studio West. Students will also produce their own archive by documenting the life of a living activist of their choosing.