The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2013–14 Career Development Grant to Débora Silva, a UC Berkeley Master’s student in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in Television.
“I am eternally grateful to AAUW for their generous support in helping me advance my career and pursue my professional goals,” said Silva, who will receive $12,000 to complete her studies. “I am especially excited to put my Master’s project into practice; it will be a special reporting program dedicated to women’s issues.”
Débora Silva is a Brazilian journalist living in California. She started her career at a television station in São Paulo, Brazil. For four years, she worked as a reporter and producer of Extensao.Doc, a documentary news program about social and political issues, where she interviewed a wide range of people, including then-president Lula da Silva. In 2009, Silva moved to California to pursue a career as an international correspondent and television producer. In 2010, she served as an associate producer for KQED Public Television in San Francisco. In 2012, she became a correspondent for the community news site, Oakland North, reporting on arts and community related issues. Silva’s latest television segment tells the story of a young woman whose first-hand experience with gun violence dramatically changed her life.
For the 2013–14 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to 245 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from more than 130 countries since 1888. As part of the 125thanniversary celebration of the fellowships and grants program, AAUW created a new video and interactive timeline, which feature historic photos and artifacts from the program’s rich history. The materials include photos of Marie Curie and Coretta Scott King as well as documents from an AAUW committee that raised money to help European scholars and university women displaced by World War II.