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The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), founded in 1974 as part of the then-Caucus of Black Sociologists’ efforts to diversify ASA and the discipline, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014!
Since 1974, MFP has funded nearly 500 graduate students of color. Supported through 2010 by the T32 grant mechanism at the National Institute of Mental Health (and the National Institute on Drug Abuse), MFP is now supported in full through generous contributions by regional and aligned organizations in sociology, individual ASA members, and ASA Council. Significant funding comes annually from Sociologists for Women in Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and the Midwest Sociological Society, with additional support from the Association of Black Sociologists, Southwestern Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Pacific Sociological Association, and Southern Sociological Society. As ASA prepares for its 109th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, MFP will celebrate its 40th anniversary by looking back at the history and impact of the program through forthcoming Footnotes articles. These pieces will focus on the talented and diverse voices represented within MFP across four decades and also highlight activities in San Francisco this August, which will celebrate the anniversary. MFP-sponsored activities at the 2014 Annual Meeting include two research paper sessions featuring the scholarly work of current fellows, plus a workshop presenting the latest ASA research on the program and its participants. In addition, the MFP Benefit Reception once again promises to bring together members of the MFP community from all stages and where the ASA will recognize those who have completed their five-year pledges to the 2009-2010 MFP Leadership Campaign.