Monument to Enslaved Laborers Project – Call for Student Applications

Roanoke College and Creative Time invite students to apply for a seat on the Community Vision Committee (CVC), a 9-member body composed of current Roanoke College students, faculty, staff and greater Roanoke and Salem community members.

The CVC will advise the College and Creative Time on issues relating to the forthcoming monument to enslaved laborers of Southwest Virginia, including the initiative’s request for artist proposals and accompanying platforms for public dialogue. The Committee will meet throughout the multi-year request for proposals (RFP) and production period on a monthly basis from February 2022 – February 2023. The Committee may convene with greater frequency at certain key project stages.

The Committee will provide non-binding recommendations on how the monument and related platforms for community engagement can be successfully introduced to and live in the College, Roanoke, and Salem communities. The Committee’s recommendations will help identify a successful, multi-sited community approach that engages College students, staff, and faculty as well as Salem and Roanoke residents in perspective-shifting dialogue.

In addition to serving on the CVC, the selected students can choose to work during the Summer of 2022 as paid researchers.  Students will join the ongoing ‘Genealogy of Slavery’ research project sponsored by the Center for Studying Structures of Race which examines histories of enslavement at Roanoke College.  The researchers will be paid $3,000 and receive free on-campus housing.

To apply, please submit: a brief bio (150 word max) and answers to the following questions (200 word max per question) in a single PDF to Jesse Bucher,, by February 11, 2022.  Current seniors, or students planning to graduate before May, 2023 are not eligible to apply. 

  1. Describe your community involvement at the College and/or within the greater Salem and Roanoke communities. How do you show up for your community?
  1. Describe your communication and leadership style. What kind of team member are you?
  1. What is the role of contemporary memorials and monuments?
  1. Why do you want to join the Community Vision Committee?