The goal of the Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project is to generate collaboration between students and faculty at both Duke University and Johnson C. Smith University that honors Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke’s legacy.

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was one of the first African American students admitted to Duke University in 1963. She went on to have a distinguished legal career as a lawyer and a law professor. In her personal and professional life, Ms. Reuben-Cook exemplified resilience, leadership and the empowerment of historically excluded communities.

Thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment, we can consider proposals that engage topics related to issues of social justice, voting rights and/or the public histories of Duke’s and Johnson C. Smith’s campuses and their urban partner from faculty at both institutions. Faculty recipients serve as Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke Fellows.

Oral histories, digital storytelling and archival research are encouraged, with a focus on digital preservation of the projects and stories collected.

All current Duke and Johnson C. Smith faculty members are eligible. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded.

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Gunther Peck, professor of history and public policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, at For technical questions about the Formstack application, please contact Sheriece T. Smith, administrative assistant, at

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We are not currently accepting proposals. The previous deadline was May 31, 2023.

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