On the evening of June 1, 2012, Boston College Lynch School of Education graduate student Kelsey Rennebohm was killed in an accident while riding her bicycle on Huntington Ave. in Boston.
Kelsey was affiliated with the Center, working on its Migration and Human Rights Project in Zacualpa, Guatemala, and was to travel to Guatemala for the project. In 2020, an article, "Maya K’iche’ Families and Intergenerational Migration Within and Across Borders: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods Study," which made use her work was published in the journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective. The article may be read here.
Beloved by her friends, classmates and professors, Kelsey was remembered on the BC campus in a Walk for Kelsey on June 4 and in a Memorial Service held on campus at St William's Chapel on Thursday, June 28, 2012. A ghost bike was installed on Huntington Avenue and a ride organized in her memory on June 7, 2012.
In her memory, the Center has established the Kelsey A. Rennebohm Memorial Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to a Boston College student (undergraduate or graduate) whose proposed research or activist scholarship is at the interface of psychology, mental health, gender, social justice, and human rights. The fellow subsequently gives a presentation at the university about their work and findings in the following academic year.
To donate to the fellowship fund, please send a check made out to Boston College, and in the memo "CHRIJ/Honoring Kelsey Rennebohm," to:
Stokes Hall N413
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Applications for the fellowship will be made in conjunction with our annual Summer Research Grants application process that can be found here.
Rennebohm Fellowship Recipients
The following are past recipients of the Rennebohm Fellowship and their topics of investigation:
Laurel Marshall Potter
Liturgical Variation among Ecclesial Base Communities in El Salvador
Disruptive Storytime: Teaching for Social Justice with Anti-Bias Picture Books
Experiences of Asian American Immigrant Women Home Care Workers in New England
María Emilia Bianco Galíndez
Mothering across Borders: The stories of Central American mothers who crossed the US-Mexico border with their children and are seeking asylum in the US
Matthew DelSesto and Megan Donovan
Roots of resistance and resilience: Agroecology tactics for resettlement (conducted in El Salvador)
Sudanese Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Jordan: An Assessment of Needs and Resources
Remembering with Music: An Exploration for Maintaining Historical Memory in El Salvador
Gabriela Távara Vásquez
Indigenous Women’s Understandings about Mental Health, Wellbeing and Reparation (conducted in Guatemala)
Rocío Sánchez Ares
Building a liberatory pedagogy: Guatemalan schools meeting the emotional and educational needs of youth at the interface of immigration