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Recipients of internal grants in social justice, human rights, diversity, and inclusion announced

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This past spring, as part of broader university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts, Miami University’s Office of the President and the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) issued a special call for proposals to conduct research, scholarship, or creative activities in the areas of social justice, human rights, diversity, and inclusion. Below is a list of projects that have been awarded funding through this initiative.

  • “Support for Disability Assistance? Deservingness, Group Affect, and American Public Opinion,” Monica Schneider (Political Science) and Rachel Blum (Political Science) – $5,000
  • “Inclusion of a Miami Undergraduate Student with Autism in Autism Research,” Aaron Shield (Speech Pathology & Audiology) – $4,300
  • “Strategies for Healing from Racial Battle Fatigue,” Stephen Quaye (Educational Leadership) – $5,000
  • “Elect Her? Evaluation of a College Training Program,” Monica Schneider (Political Science) and Colleen Bunn (Office of Residence Life) – $4,400
  • “Developing and Evaluating an Interdisciplinary Curriculum Focused on Social Justice in Pre-Service Teacher Education,” Scott Sander (Teacher Education), Andrew Saultz (Educational Leadership), Brittany Aronson (Educational Leadership), Ashley Cartell Johnson (Educational Psychology), Molly Kelly (Educational Psychology), Rachel Radina (Teacher Education), and Ganiva Reyes (Teacher Education) – $15,000
  • “Improving a Positive Youth Development Program for African American and Latina Adolescent Girls: A Participatory Culture-Specific Intervention,” Erin Harper (Educational Psychology), Anthony James (Family Science & Social Work), Chamina Smith (Commerce) – $15,000
  • “A Culturally-Sensitive Investigation of Bisexual Women’s Increased Risk of Sexual Victimization,” graduate students Amy McConnell, Julia Kaufman, and Prachi Bhuptani, under the direction of Terri Messman-Moore (Psychology) – $2,500
  • “A Cross-Cultural Study of Mental Health Stigma and Help-Seeking,” graduate students Sarah Dreyer-Oren, Anjali Jain, and Tessa Benson-Greenwald and undergraduate student Tassee Hammond, under the direction of Elise Clerkin (Psychology) – $7,500

In the 2017-2018 round of applications for the University Research Awards (URA), Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarship (DUOS), and Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants programs, special consideration will be given to proposals that include research, scholarship, or creative activities in the areas of social justice, human rights, diversity, and inclusion. Look for more information as program announcements are released in the coming months.


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OARS, Office of the President announce new internal funding opportunity

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As part of broader university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts, Miami University’s Office of the President and the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS) are issuing a special call for proposals to conduct research, scholarship, or creative activities in the areas of social justice, human rights, diversity, and inclusion. Proposals may be submitted in any of these areas, but must address a scholarly question that will lead to testable objectives or measurable outcomes.

Full-time, tenure-eligible faculty and faculty-mentored undergraduate and graduate students in good standing are eligible for funding. Individual faculty may request up to $5,000, and faculty-mentored students may request up to $2,500 in professional expense funds to conduct the proposed project. Interdisciplinary teams of three or more faculty or faculty-mentored students may request up to $15,000 (faculty) or $7,500 (students).

Project periods should cover one or two academic semesters, excluding Winter Term. Higher levels of consideration will be given to proposals that show evidence of outcomes that will lead to scholarly presentations, publications, performances, or exhibitions and/or to the submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies or foundations.

Guidelines for proposal preparation are available on the OARS website here. Applications may be submitted online here.

The deadline for submission is April 7, 2017. Announcement of awards will be made by April 28 and funding will be available after June 1, 2017.

Questions about the program may be directed to Associate Vice President Ron Scott or Associate Provost Jim Oris.


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