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Support the Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment

For Women, Trans, and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color

The Organization for Research on Women and Communication is asking for your support to raise a $20,000 endowment to honor Brenda J. Allen: 

This fund provides travel grants for Women, Trans and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color to attend and present their research at the Western States Communication Association annual conference. Donating is easy and your contribution will make a significant impact in the success of these graduate students. For more information and to donate visit:

Dr. Brenda J. Allen

Professor Allen has been a pathbreaker in the field of communication, and has devoted her career to ensuring that communication and the academy as a whole are more equitable and inclusive places. Her scholarship has been foundational in intercultural, organizational, and feminist communication studies, and her mentorship record is unparalleled. She is also a long-time member of ORWAC and has played a leadership role for years, most notably as our first "web spinner." This is why ORWAC wants to endow a student travel award in her name to honor this legacy.

Background on the Endowment Creation: ORWAC created a special committee dedicated to auditing the organization's commitment to diversity, equity and belonging. Members of the committee were compensated for their service. Karma Chávez, a committee member, donated her honorarium back to the organization in order to seed an endowment that would provide travel grants for women, trans and non-binary graduate students of color to attend and present on ORWAC panels. This endowment would be in direct response to one of the special committee's findings that ORWAC needs to do more materially to make people of color feel a sense of belonging and buy-in to the organization. The Executive Board enthusiastically endorsed this idea, and named this award for Professor Allen.

Our goal is to raise $20,000, which will give ORWAC enough funds to provide $1000 annually to be used toward these travel grants. We are asking for your help to make this happen and to show your support of the legacy of Professor Allen.

Questions about the endowment can be directed to Thank you for your support.


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