Jorge Juan Rodriguez V Wins Forum for Theological Exploration Doctoral Fellowship

This spring, Union Ph.D. student Jorge Juan Rodríguez V was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration for the 2018-2019 academic year. “We’re proud to support them on their journey as they continue to redefine what it means to thrive in the academy,” says Patrick B. Reyes, FTE director of strategic partnerships for doctoral initiatives. We sat down with Jorge, to discuss his plans for the fellowship, and his exciting scholarship in modern religious history. 
Tell us about your fellowship. What is the Forum for Theological Exploration?
Jorge: This doctoral fellowship is particularly positioned for doctoral students of color. They have two streams of applicant pools: one is for students of African descent, African diasporic descent; and the other one is for students of Latinx, Asian American, First Nations descent, which is the one I applied for and received. In November, I’ll go to a one week workshop with the other doctoral students in my cohort. We’ll talk beyond simply, “This is how you do your scholarship”- ‘cause we already know how to do that. We dig into professional development—things like budgeting, or how you argue a contract. The idea is not just to propel students through the program, but after the program.
Why is it important for you to be tied to a broader network of scholars?
Jorge: The elders of our communities are in these networks, some of the people who blazed the trail for people of color to be able to be in the academy and to be

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