MA Student Joseph Golden Wins Feldman LGBTQ Paper Award & Founds Journal of Engaged Research

Congratulations to Joseph Golden!

MA History student Joseph Golden.

We are happy to announce the winner of the 2022-2023 Feldman LGBTQ Paper Award: Brockport History MA student Joseph Golden.

Douglas A. Feldman (1947-2020) established this annual paper competition in 2014 to create a campus climate that affirms human dignity, individual rights, civility, mutual respect, and academic freedom. Paper submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of Brockport and non-Brockport faculty at the end of each academic year.

Through his work as a Research Assistant for Sustainable Progress Equality Collective, Joe has created the Journal of Engaged Research in 2021. The online publication features a collective space where anyone can share their work related to social justice issues, aspects of identity, and problems affecting their communities.

“With my background in art and design, I developed virtual art galleries for artists from unrepresented backgrounds,” said Golden. “This gallery space became much more expansive, and started to incorporate journal work for college students who wanted their work published but didn’t have access to avenues of publication.”

“We’re not a journal that only accepts written work,” Golden said. “We accept art pieces, poetry, music, dance pieces, videos, and other forms of communication that goes beyond the written word. It’s about highlighting all expressions of community life.”

Contributors undergo a personalized editing process due to the widely unique delivery of the content in the journal.

“We have editors who work one-on-one with those who’ve submitted pieces to the journal,” Golden said. “Editors will help to polish the submitted piece and get it ready for publication.”

The Journal of Engaged Research plans to roll out a mentorship program for students eager to learn more about the publication process. Mentees will experience a walk-through of the submission, editing, and publication process for the journal’s fourth issue revolving around neurodiversity.

“Students struggle with confidence in their skills to create something ‘good enough’ for publication,” said Golden. “Good mentors can help to build self-confidence.”

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