Jeannie Chen: IS Grad Student Awarded Josephine Forman Scholarship by SAA

MLIS candidate recognized for her volunteer work with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California.

Jeannie Chen, a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, is the 2017 recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship sponsored by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

“It was such a pleasant surprise to learn that I was a recipient of the 2017 Josephine Forman Scholarship,” says Chen. “To be honest, this award should go to all of my mentors who have helped me during my undergraduate and (now) graduate studies. It is an honor to be among such excellent and deserving company this year, and I hope that someday, I too can become a mentor to future generations of aspiring archives and information professionals.”

Chen will be presented with the Forman Scholarship during the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23–29. The $10,000 award provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue archival careers, and promotes diversity in the American archives profession.

Chen has been a volunteer at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC), where she has developed projects to process, preserve, and provide access to archival collections. She has also helped to establish a working Archives Committee to provide CHSSC with a professional support network, basic archival training, and assistance in sustainably stewarding its collections. Chen also serves as a member of the Diversity Subcommittee of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective, engaging with underrepresented communities and ensuring inclusion of all archival endeavors, including citizen archives, film archives, and ‘lone arrangers,’ in LAAC programming.

Noting Chen’s diligence in both her academic and volunteer work, one supporter wrote that Chen is “the kind of enthusiastic and dedicated student we, as teachers, love to have in the classroom” and “one of those rare students that I know . . . will change the field for the better.”


Above: IS grad student Jeannie Chen (second from right) is a volunteer for the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC). She has been recognized by the Society of American Archivists for helping to establish a working Archives Committee for CHSSC and for her service on the Diversity Subcommitte of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective.

L-R: Eugene Moy, founding and current board member, CHSSC; Judy Chou, library assistant, Getty Research Institute; Linda Bentz, vice president, CHSSC; Chen, and Gilbert Hom, member, CHSSC.