Founders Fellowship gives Angelica Mendoza a conference opportunity

Angelica Mendoza

Angelica Mendoza saw that a lot of the activists she respects were attending the 34th Annual Women of Color Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, so the UW Bothell senior signed up to take part. Then she panicked. Expenses were a problem.

Angelica was able to make the trip in March 2019 — with a little help from UW Bothell. She was the first person to receive the new Founders Fellow Conference Travel Award. The $400 she received partially covered the cost and relieved stress, Angelica said.

The award is new in that it aligns UW Bothell’s Endowed Founders Fellowship with the UW’s Undergraduate Research Travel Award. It means that UW Bothell undergraduates who are working with a faculty mentor and have a poster or paper accepted at a professional conference can apply for the award to cover registration fees, airfare and some other travel expenses.

The UW Bothell Endowed Founders Fellowship was established by Dick and Virginia Chappelle, Maryel Duzan, Max Gellert, Rod Proctor and Lynn Ries to support student research and scholarship. When they were honored with the 2011 Legacy Award, they were recognized for groundbreaking work that established the campus.


Angelica, a dual major in Media & Communications Studies and American & Ethnic Studies, co-presented a workshop at the conference called Storytelling is Revolutionary.

“The Founders Fellow Conference Travel Award helped Angelica experience an aspect of academic scholarship that she otherwise might have missed. Traveling to a professional conference gives students valuable experience in publicly communicating their research and sharing their ideas with others in their field,” said Carolyn Brennan, assistant vice chancellor of research.

“By aligning with the established Conference Travel Award program and evolving the Founders Fellow funds as Conference Travel Awards, we hope to better meet the needs of UW Bothell undergraduate researchers,” said Dawn Moncalieri, program assistant.


Rooted and Rising; Preserving Intergenerational Knowledge. Fostering Revolutionary Possibilities.

The theme of the Berkeley research conference was “Rooted and Rising: Preserving Intergenerational Knowledge, Fostering Revolutionary Possibilities.” Angelica said it was a life-changing experience to attend.

She returned inspired to start thinking about a similar conference in the future at UW Bothell. It might grow out of a women of color healing circle that meets informally on campus. Angelica also would like to find more travel funding to help first-generation or marginalized students.

Angelica shares information about travel funding and other opportunities on her radio show “Tremenda Diosa (Tremendous Goddess),” on UWave radio. After graduating in June 2019, Mendoza plans to build the show into a podcast as she continues to provide information about resources and build community.

Following the publication of this story, Angelica went on to be named the 2019 Chancellor’s Medalist. Below, she shares more about her UW Bothell experience and her future goals.