Daniel I. Linzer Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity
- To fund novel and innovative faculty projects that will enhance our academic enterprise through improving diversity and inclusivity at Northwestern
- To apply for the 2018-19 grants, download the Application Form and submit the completed form with all required signatures to the Office of the Provost (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline November 1, 2018.
2018 Grant Recipients
Read more about these projects in the University press release
- Nanette Benbow, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; Hector Carrillo, Professor, Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Carlos Gallo, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Developing a Northwestern Center for Latino(a) Health Disparity Research, to plan and host a conference of local and national experts on Latino(a) health and the social determinants of health. Results from the conference will be summarized in a report describing the current research and potential future directions for a Latino(a)-focused research center exploring innovative approaches to promote health equity.
- Alejandro Carrión, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Latina and Latino Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Shirin Vossoughi, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy; and April Alexis Navarro, undergraduate representative of NU Borders and Identities Youth Participatory Action Research Collaborative, School of Education and Social Policy – for Borders & Identities: (Re)Imagining Our City Through Critical Youth Research, to develop a cross generational academic mentorship model and summer program that brings together Northwestern University faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, and CPS high school students who identify as low-income and/or first generation students of color. Participants will collectively engage in rigorous, community-based research and action focused on the ways gentrification is impacting their communities and lived experiences.
- Aymar Jean Christian, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication; and E. Patrick Johnson, Professor, African American Studies and Performance Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication – for 2 Queens in a Kitchen: Performing Southern and South Side Culinary Arts Through TV, to support the production of a television series about the culinary arts of the U.S. South and Chicago’s South side neighborhoods, and the importance of women and queer people in maintaining these culinary traditions. Support will also allow project leads to arrange for screenings at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art and The DuSable Museum of African American History.
- Deborah Edberg, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Deborah Clements, Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine– for Tackling Health Disparities Through Social Justice, to develop a new social justice curriculum for family medicine residency physicians, faculty members, and students. Curriculum will explore the historical context of systemic racism and discrimination along with the power of implicit bias and its impact upon communities, health professionals and patient populations. Funds will support professional social justice facilitator fees with the goal of considering ways to address bias on a personal, organizational and systemic level to positively address health disparities.
- Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and Research Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine– for the 3rd Annual State of LGBTQ Health Symposium: The Intersection of Race and LGBTQ Issues, to expand the audience and impact of the 2018 ISGMH Symposium which will focus on the intersection of racial/ethnic and LGBTQ identities.
- Mei-Ling Hopgood, Clinical Associate Professor, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism – for Cultural Competency in the Classroom and the Field, to support the development and execution of a cultural competency curriculum that aims to give journalism and communications students the tools to more effectively listen and report in communities, as well as productively engage with their classmates during this time of high conflict and polarization. Funds will help support experts who will train faculty and staff to assess and plan current and future work. Funds will also support fees for journalists of color to share their experiences in the field and interact with diverse student journalists.
- Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Professor, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Law and the Politics of Religious Diversity, to support the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar based on a set of legal case studies on law and religion. This course will teach students to think critically and comparatively about law and the politics of religious diversity by drawing on local communities and their concerns. Through this course students will examine cross-national, cross-cultural, and global considerations.
- Teresa Mastin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Lecturer, Medical Education, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Constance Wright, Assistant Dean, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for NU FSM Alternative Spring Break (aka NU DOC), to pilot a one-week pre-professional advising and skills building program for Northwestern undergraduate health profession majors. Members of underrepresented minority groups will be strongly encouraged to apply. Funds will support an intensive alternative spring break experience, ongoing mentorship, MCAT preparation assistance, and medical school interview training.
- Jennifer Novak-Leonard, Lecturer, Communication Studies and Director, MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises Program, School of Communication– for Arts Leaders Addressing Racial Bias: Case Studies and Curriculum Development with Enrich Chicago, to support a novel partnership with a cohort of arts and philanthropic organizations committed to anti-racist organizing within the arts, to develop case studies and a graduate level course for future arts and cultural leaders that addresses racial diversity within the arts fields.
- Gregory Phillips II, Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; George J. Greene, Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Leah C. Neubauer, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Evaluation and Community Collaboration (EC2) Conference: Bridging Northwestern Evaluators and the Chicago Community, the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program, housed within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), will partner with key stakeholders of the Northwestern University Evaluation and Research Alliance (NU-ERA) to host a day-long conference focused on fostering successful community-academic partnerships through an empowerment evaluation approach. The EDIT Program’s Evaluation Center will share lessons learned and best practices from three years of engaging with fifteen HIV prevention organizations throughout Chicago to evaluate their interventions. Members of partnering community organizations will also share their experiences of the project and discuss how Northwestern researchers and evaluators can expand and improve these partnerships moving forward.
- Nichole Pinkard, Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy; Alan Anderson, Executive Director, Neighborhood & Community Relations; and Marcus Campbell, Adjunct Lecturer, Master ofScience in Education, School of Education and Social Policy – for Black Men LEAD, to launch a conference that will bring together Northwestern undergraduate and ETHS Black male students around shared scholarship, interest, challenges, and opportunities. Students will research, design, and co-lead the conference for their peers. Conference topics will address how to support Black male student success through attention to culture, climate, and practices. This project is facilitated and supported by the Northwestern University – Evanston Township High School Partnership Office and the Martin Family Fund of Evanston.
- Shawn Smith, Instructor, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine; Nana Matoba, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Chariya Christmon, Instructor, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Healing Babies Without Bias, to support the assessment of baseline unconscious bias among NICU staff, the development and delivery of educational activities to address those biases, and post-program assessment of changes in unconscious biases. Through this work, clinicians will gain a better understanding of their role is helping dispel biases and disparities in medical management.
- Janet Rocha, Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Clyde Yancy, Professor, Medicine and Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Chariya Christmon, Instructor, Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine – for NU STEM-Ming the Barriers to Opportunity - A Strategic AlliancePartnership to Cultivate Science, Medicine, and Health Pathways at the High School Level, to support the development of a deeper database based on qualitative research assessing factors responsible for successful transition from high school to college for talented under-represented minorities participating in a novel pre-college engagement program within the broad umbrella of Northwestern University. Selected students from George Westinghouse College Prep in the West Loop of Chicago are initiated over a three year period in the “Northwestern Medicine Scholars” program housed on the Northwestern Chicago campus and are exposed to enrichment programs and an intensive summer learning series to better appreciate careers in healthcare and biomedical sciences. The program is eight years old, with a 100% high school graduation rate and a 100% college matriculation rate, and now has a critical mass of alumni pursuing undergraduate studies. NU-STEM-Ming will use structured qualitative research to identify barriers to success at the college level and useful strategies that will facilitate achievement. The research this grant supports will better enable students, many of whom are from college-naïve families, (i.e., first generation to attend college), to become better prepared for a successful transition from high school to college. For more information, see: http://scholars.nm.org
- Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor, English, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Literatures, this seminar course will allow students to investigate Native American literatures from pre-Columbian texts to National Book Award winning novels of the twenty-first century. Students will survey centuries of literary history and written, digital, and image-based texts. This focus on multimedia literature will challenge students to study Native literatures in theoretically and culturally informed ways and provide them with critical analysis tools and methodologies.
- Eric Zaslow, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Santiago Canez, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; John Alongi, Professor of Instruction, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Bryna Kra, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for The Causeway Postbaccalaureate Program, this ambitious 12-month graduate program will increase the number of underrepresented minority students who are prepared to enter doctoral programs in the mathematical sciences. Funding will support recruitment efforts and the building of a consortium model of partner institutions and stakeholders. The goal will be to diversify the field of graduate mathematics through offering a framework for success: curricular foundations, research experiences, a strong and supportive cohort, mentoring relationships and career preparation.twenty-first century. Students will survey centuries of literary history and written, digital, and image-based texts. This focus on multimedia literature will challenge students to study Native literatures in theoretically and culturally informed ways and provide them with critical analysis tools and methodologies.