BAVC Media welcomes 2015 ACLS public fellow Nilofar Gardezi

Published On: October 28, 2015 |


San Francisco, CA – Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC Media) is excited to welcome 2015 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow, Nilofar Gardezi. As Program Impact Analyst, Gardezi’s work will support all of BAVC Media’s initiatives. She will develop assessment and evaluation methodologies for BAVC Media’s programs and services and create a series of measurements to assess BAVC Media’s impact locally, regionally, and nationally.

Nilofar Gardezi is a highly skilled and experienced educator, researcher, and writer. For over a decade, she has worked as an educator at UC Berkeley, most recently as a Lecturer, teaching writing in a variety of educational contexts with diverse students. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research investigated neglected postwar African American literature and history and expanded the socio-historical view of black life in postwar New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. After earning her Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley last May, Gardezi wrote for Oakland Local, a hyper-local, digital non-profit news source dedicated to showcasing lesser-known stories and voices.

“I am excited now to join the team at BAVC Media as Program Impact Analyst because this position combines my passion for supporting diverse storytelling along with my skills at research, analysis, and writing,” Gardezi said. “Working at BAVC Media is an exciting opportunity to support and encourage multiplatform storytelling at the largest media arts training company in the nation. I envision developing a systematic and organized method of evaluating BAVC Media’s various programs at key increments as I have done with my earlier programming work. My analysis and collaboration with BAVC Media Directors will help the organization grow and establish itself as a producer and creative partner in the field, generating a stronger narrative for itself and leading BAVC Media toward greater institution building.”

“Positioned at the intersection of education, technology and storytelling, BAVC Media is thrilled to host the ACLS Public Fellow and we all look forward to providing what I think will be an invaluable vocation-building experience to Nilofar Gardezi who is passionate about media and its ability to make change,” said Carol Varney, BAVC Media’s Executive Director.

We are pleased to partner with ACLS on this innovative fellowship initiative, which offers recent humanities PhDs the opportunity to gain career-building experience in the nonprofit and government sectors. This year’s 22 ACLS Public Fellows will take up two-year assignments at a diverse set of organizations in the government and nonprofit sectors.

A full list of the 2015 Public Fellows and their placements can be found here. The ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About ACLS

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to our work. Other activities include support for scholarly conferences, reference works, and scholarly communication innovations. Visit ACLS online at

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About BAVC Media

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC Media) was founded in 1976 to support freedom of expression by making advanced media technology accessible to independent media makers and nonprofits. We teach. We empower creative expression. We preserve the past. And we develop future media makers and innovators. BAVC Media’s mission is to be the nation’s most advanced noncommercial media access and training center. Visit BAVC Media online at