Engaged Graduate Student Grants

Rebel History: Empowering Youth to Contextualize and Narrate Their Own Histories

Underprivileged students have difficulty accessing college-level education in the United States not only because of economic disparities but also because of a lack of familiarity, guidance and support. This project will help demystify higher education for a group of underserved high school students in New York City who will be invited to participate in a semester-long workshop called Rebel History. Sean Cosgrove, a graduate student in history, will engage the students in a seminar in which they create an historical narrative about a site, event or person in New York City and then re-conceptualize it by focusing on what has been left out or distorted. As the students develop research, writing and critical thinking skills, they will be introduced to the higher education system and will visit Cornell during the project.

The Team

  • Graduate student: Sean Cosgrove, history
  • Special committee chair: Derek Chang, Department of History
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Community partner: Power Writers


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