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Center for the Study of Diversity announces faculty research grants

Lindsay Naylor, Lynette Overby, April Veness

The University of Delaware Center for the Study of Diversity has announced faculty diversity research grants for 2016.

Each year, the center offers small grants to support faculty research, analysis and public scholarship projects in a wide range of disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

“With these funds, the center aims to facilitate wider understanding of the social and academic impacts of diversity, and to inform and support diversity practices within our community,” said James Jones, the center’s director.

“In 2016, we sought proposals that are exclusively focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of the University of Delaware, and that support and advance the core values, principles and practices outlined in the ‘Inclusive Excellence: Action Plan for Diversity at UD.’”

The 2016 grants are as follows:

Lindsay Naylor, assistant professor of geography, which is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, received a research grant for a project titled “Food Geographies and Food Justice: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Newark Food System.” Naylor’s project aims to provide students hands-on learning opportunities to investigate food system diversities through fieldwork and research on hunger-relief and making food systems more equitable. Students will grapple with issues of race, gender and income inequality while learning to build partnerships with outside organizations such as the Food Bank of Delaware.

Lynnette Young Overby, professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Sciences, received a research grant for a project titled “Arts for Social Change,” with an overarching goal of promoting a deep understanding of social and cultural issues of oppression, resilience and liberation for local and global community partners through the design and dissemination of arts-based content. Specifically, the project will include the creation of educational materials and video or film documentation.

The initiative supported by the grant will build on projects currently funded by UD’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more about the current project, “Same Story” Different Countries, see the UDaily article.

April Veness, associate professor of geography, which is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, received a research grant for her project “The Importance of Place: A Pilot Project Comparing UD Students’ Experiences on the Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Newark Campuses,” with the goal of better understanding how location, physical setting, social milieu, place knowledge, and place and people connections shape a student’s college experience on UD’s separate campuses. The study will be conducted in partnership with UD’s Associate in Arts Program (AAP). Current and former AAP students from UD’s four campuses will serve as research liaisons and collaborate with students in Veness’ geography capstone course on the project.

Article by Karen B. Roberts