University of Delaware

Change Agents

Gabrielle Foreman, PhD, Colored Conventions
Faculty Director and Co-Founder

Gabrielle ForemanThe Colored Conventions Project team is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated and energetic scholars, graduate student leaders, librarians and undergraduate researchers at the University of Delaware. Project members represent a wide range of academic disciplines from English and history to computer science and German. Our interdisciplinary team is committed to generating an online hub that “brings buried African American history to digital life” and attends to social justice activism in scholarship and research by offering an opportunity for deep engagement with 19th-century Black political organizing. Meet the team! Then see the video about the Colored Conventions Project and learn more about project committees.

For all inquiries and questions, please contact us at

Jenni Buckley, PhD, The Perry Initiative
Co-founder and Associate Director

Jenni Buckley

The Perry Initiative was founded in 2009 by Dr. Jenni Buckley (a mechanical engineer) and Dr. Lisa Lattanza (an orthopaedic surgeon). The first Perry Outreach Program for high school students was held in the summer of 2009 in San Francisco, California. In 2010, the high school program expanded nationwide.

In 2011, the organization was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of prominent women in the engineering and medical fields. In 2012, The Perry Initiative started the Medical School Outreach Program to encourage first and second year women medical students to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery. Today, The Perry Initiative runs over 30 day-long outreach programs nationwide, reaching over 1000 high school, college, and medical students.

If you have any questions, please contact: Manuela Restrepo, The Perry Initiative Program and be sure to check out the website and visit the Facebook page to learn more.

Stephanie Kerschbaum, PhD, UD Faculty Accountability Program

Stephanie Kerschbaum

Are you a faculty member who would like to build greater accountability and stay on task with your writing this semester?  If so, you may be interested in participating in a Write-on-Site group.

Write-on-site is simple:  you show up at the designated time and place, you settle in, and you work for whatever time period you’ve promised yourself. Participants in various write-on-sites for the last few years have reported the importance of adding this routine to their weekly schedule as well as the value of Write-on-Sites in helping guard and protect the time they dedicate to writing each day.

If you would like to join a Write-on-Site, just bring your laptop or whatever writing materials you need, look for the host, sit down, and get started. You can come for as much or as little of the writing time as you choose and can come and go as you please. This is an open invitation to any faculty member who wants to set up on-campus writing time and have added personal accountability.

If you have any questions, please contact: Stephanie Kerschbaum, UD Faculty Accountability Program Coordinator.

View the Write-on-site sessions schedule.