Emily Williams, Tania Ireri Unzueta, and Barbara Ransby. Photo by Cristobal Mora

Scholarship Information

First Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship

The 2015 Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship is Jocelyn Munguía Chavez. Jocelyn is a UIC Junior in Psychology with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She works at the UIC Latino Cultural Center where she was involved in the development and implementation of the Migration & Transformation postcard project. She also coordinates the Arts-based Civic Dialogue Mural Tours. Jocelyn is also the President of Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA).

In addition to her academic commitments and work on campus, Jocelyn has a strong background in advocating for undocumented and immigrant communities. She is the co-founder of the Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA) and has been heavily involved with the Latin@ Youth Action League (L@YAL). Through this work, Jocelyn has traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for reproductive rights, mental health services, and policy changes on behalf of undocumented people in the U.S. In 2011, Jocelyn accepted the Social Justice Award from the People’s World Organization on behalf of L@YAL.

Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship

This scholarship is named is after three notable Chicagoans who have tirelessly mentored young activists for decades: Prexy Nesbitt, Rosi Carrasco and Martin Unzueta. Through his travel delegations to Africa, Cuba and beyond, Prexy Nesbitt has touched the lives of many young people throughout the world. Rosi Carrasco and Martin Unzueta serve as a source of inspiration to youth in the undocumented and immigrant rights movements and worker rights movements. These three role models represent the power of intergenerational organizing and selfless service to communities and issues beyond their own experiences and comfort zones.


The deadline for the nominations is typically in January each year. All nominations should be sent to Emily Williams at sjiuic@gmail.com. Once received all nominations will be considered by a committee, which will include Nesbitt, Carrasco and Unzueta as well as UIC faculty members. Nomination letters should highlight the strengths of the student and how they meet the criteria in 2-3 pages. Students will be required to provide personal statements as well as transcripts to confirm good academic standing. The scholarship award will be announced in the spring with the funds to be made available for Summer or Fall 2016.

A letter of nomination should include:

~ an overview of the student’s activist accomplishments

~ examples of service to others

~ examples of leadership among their peers

Please be as specific as possible in citing examples of this work in your letter and include the student’s contact information. A selection committee will schedule interviews for a short list of nominees in late January. Any UIC faculty or staff member may nominate a student for this award. Self-nominations will be accepted and must include contact information for 2 individuals who can serve as recommenders for the student.