Author Archives: Rebecca Amato

Competition Open for 2015-2016: Murphy Institute’s Scholarship for Excellence and Diversity in Labor

Our good friends at the Murphy Institute (CUNY) have opened competition for this year’s Scholarship for Excellence and Diversity in Labor.  As you may know, this scholarship was designed to foster a more diverse leadership in the labor movement and also in the academic field of Labor Studies.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year. The Institute is hoping to attract those who desire education for social change, particularly those who aspire to leadership careers in labor and related fields. Applicants should come from underrepresented constituencies, including people of color, ethnic minorities, and women.

The scholarship is substantial: up to $30,000 for graduate students and up to $20,000 for undergraduates. Applications for the 2015-16 academic year can be found online here. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015. Additional information about the scholarship can be found on the Murphy Institute’s website here.

If you or a potential candidate needs more information regarding the scholarship and the application process —please contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Janet Leslie, at 212-642-2083 or

Be the Catalyst: Turn Your Social Justice Ideas into Action, October 29, 6:30-8:30pm


Co-sponsored with the Gallatin School of Individualized Study @ NYU

Being an activist means you have to know how to organize, connect, mobilize—and hang tough. Gallatin alumni with careers in social justice will share their stories and discuss organizing techniques and follow through, and answer audience questions about how to transform an inspiring idea into action. To fuel the discussion, select Gallatin undergraduates will share their experiences with social justice activism and get feedback from the panel on how to realize their current projects.

Wednesday,  October 29
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor
6:30 – 8:30 PM

“Pardon the Inconvenience, We are Changing the Country”: Brazil’s Revolution in the Streets


Oct 8, 2014 | 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Location: Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor

In June 2013, unprecedented protests shook Brazilian cities. Millions of people took to the streets, first to demonstrate against an increase in bus fares, but soon to challenge other social justice breakdowns, including the massive allocation of resources and funds to World Cup preparations. Now, a little more than a year later, what have been the effects and after-effects of the protests? What has been their impact on Brazil’s upcoming elections? Ana Claudia Teixeira, a scholar and activist based in São Paulo, former director of Pólis, and one of the editors of Le Monde Diplomatique/Brasil will report.