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2019 Grant Recipients

Read more about these projects in the University press release.

  • Zerega Nyree, Professor of Instruction, Program in Biological Sciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Jeremie Fant, Adjunct Associate Professor, Plant Biology and Conservation, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Norman Wickett, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Plant Biology and Conservation, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Andrea Kramer, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program in Biological Sciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Building Effective Mentoring Programs to Promote Diversity and Equity in STEM Fields, to develop an 18 month program to improve near-peer mentoring experiences to support an increasingly diverse student body, including training graduate students and faculty who mentor undergraduates in the Plant Biology and Conservation summer internship program.
  • Cynthia Wang, Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management; Hooria Jazaieri, Post Doctoral Fellow, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management – for Examining and Reducing Gender Bias in Negotiations, to develop a written exercise on gender bias in negotiations and teaching materials for faculty teaching the topic which will be used in Northwestern courses. In addition, data analysis of the exercise will enable the researchers to publish a paper on the project to encourage its usage at universities around the nation.
  • Patricia Loew, Professor, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism; Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor, English, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Stephan Moore, Senior Lecturer, Radio, Tellevision, and Film, School of Communication – for Indigenous Tour of Northwestern, to create an Indigenous Tour of Northwestern as part of a course in media history, using Storymap to create a virtual tour and Echoes to create an augmented reality walking tourIn addition, to develop lesson plans for the tour to be used in local public schools as well for visitors to campus and within Northwestern classes. Read more about this project in an article featured in the Daily Northwestern.
  • Margaret Danilovich, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; Bill Healey, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; Roberto Lopez-Rosado, Assistant Professor Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; Michael Cavanaugh, Lecturer, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine; Stacy Kaplan, Senior Lecturer Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication; Kristine Riley, Senior Lecturer, Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Communication; Catherine Wicklund, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine; Debra Duquette, Associate Professor, Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; – for Careers in Allied Health Professions Bootcamp, to develop a weeklong summer bootcamp for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups from Northwestern and other universities, to provide exposure to Allied Health Professions, prepare students for the graduate admissions process, offer clinical exposure, and create networking opportunities.
  • Yarrow Axford, Associate Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Colleen Zaccard, Post Doctoral Fellow, Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine; Nancy Schwartz, Professor, Pediatrics, University of Chicago – for Chicago Women in STEM Initiative, to host an International Women’s Day day-long conference for Chicago Women in STEM to raise community awareness of implicit bias and teach tools for combatting bias, and to establish STEM Circuits, a yearlong peer-mentoring circle program aimed primarily at women graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields. Read more about this project on the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative website.
  • Constance Faith Wright, Assistant Dean of Academic Standing, Undergraduate Advising, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Virginia Bishop, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; José Ramon Ramón Fernández-Peña, Director, Health Professions Advising; – for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Alternative Spring Break (aka NU DOC), to continue and enhance a 5 day skill building and advising program, or boot camp, with follow up, for Northwestern undergraduate students from underrepresented groups planning to attend medical school.
  • Rachael Norton, Lecturer, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and SciencesBrett Frankel, Lecturer, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Clive Newstead, Lecturer, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; – for Northwestern Emerging Scholars Program, to support an active-learning community that promotes retention in Mathematics among women, students from underrepresented groups, and first-gen students, through a series of 7 meetings designed to engage the students in activities which will expose them to ideas from upper level Mathematics classes.
  • Rebecca Johnson, Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Science, Feinberg School of Medicine; Jen Brown, Clinical Research Associate, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Prakash Jayabalan, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine; Ahmed Chaudhry, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago – for Equity for the Research Enterprise: A collaboration to explore race and equity issues in community-academic research partnerships, to employ an expert for training in race, diversity, equity/inequity, bias, and social justice for the ARCC faculty and staff who engage with community members in research, enhancing Northwestern’s presence in the Chicago community.
  • Virginia Bishop, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Leah Neubauer, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Program in Public Health’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative, to implement an initiative that infuses Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into the Program in Public Health’s curriculum, through building a Resource Tool Kit and developing curricular changes.
  • Alvin Tillery, Associate Professor, Political Science, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Racial Equality and Community Engaged Researcher Incubator, to provide graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences training in conducting community-engaged research through a racial-equity framework through a yearlong program with community based organizations.
  • Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; Kathryn Macapagal, Research Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, – for Online Seminar Series for SGM Health Research Methods and Topics, to develop a publicly available, comprehensive, online seminar series about Sexual and Gender Minority health research, including SGM topics, populations, and methodologies, based on the training that ISGMH currently provides to researchers at Northwestern on an as-needed basis.
  • Emma DeCosta, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Undergraduate Engineering, McCormick Office of Undergraduate Engineering; Kathleen Carmichael, Associate Professor of Instruction, Writing Program, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Ordel Brown, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Undergraduate Engineering, McCormick Office of Undergraduate Engineering, – for Structured Teamwork for Learning Equity in First Year Engineering Design: A Novel Approach, to pilot a structured approach to teaching teamwork in McCormick’s required First Year Design Course so that students rotate through 4 roles on the team, to address a trend of students from underrepresented groups exclusion from high-profile team roles.

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. Read more about this television series in the Chicago Tribune.
  • 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. Read more about this program in the Northwestern Medicine news.
  • 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. Read more about this conference in the Neighborhood and Community Relations article.
  • 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.

2017 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, Associate Professor, Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Carlos Gallo, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Latino Health: Latino Paradox Revisited, to develop an innovative, research-based and cross-disciplinary approach to addressing Latino health issues.
  • Galen Bodenhausen, Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Marcia Grabowecky, Research Associate Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Vijay Mittal, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for One Book, Many Psychologies: Reading Diversity Science Together, a program that develops faculty and student workshops and other programming around a common text related to diversity in the field of psychology.
  • Aymar Jean Christian, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication – for Open TV: Research and Development of Queer Television, a Chicago-based platform for television by queer, trans, cis-women and artists of color investigating what practices might sustain independent and community-based art in the digital age.
  • Laura DeMarco, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Ezra Getzler, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Paul Goerss, Professor and Chair, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Bryna Kra, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Graduate Research Opportunities for Women in Mathematics (GROW), an NSF-funded national pipeline program for female undergraduate students interested in the field of mathematics.
  • Michael Fleming, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Science Immersion Program (SIP), a graduate student pipeline program with Chicago State University.
  • 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 funding to expand the impact of the 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice.
  • Khalilah Gates, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Teresa Mastin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine – for FSM Mentoring Circles for URM Students, a 2-year mentoring program for URM pre-med undergraduate and FSM students.
  • Mei-Ling Hopgood, Clinical Associate Professor, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism – for Diversifying Our Teaching and Our Teachers at Medill, to augment Medill’s training of diversity and inclusion pedagogical methods and recruitment of minority faculty members.
  • Regina Logan, Research Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy – for Towards a Pedagogy of Equity and Inclusion: Dialogic Processes in the Classroom, a program to deepen faculty training in the Intergroup Dialogue method.
  • LaTasha Nelson, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Alabama State University – Northwestern University: Pathway to Diversity, for an innovative mentorship pairing program.
  • Teresa Woodruff, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine – for 2 X Chromosomes in Academic (2XA) Workshops, a community building and networking program for all female students, post-docs, faculty and staff in all STEM and STEM-related fields at Northwestern.
  • Marcelo Worsley, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering; Anne Marie Piper, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication; and Liz Gerber, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Communication Studies, School of Communication– for Making and Inclusivity, a seminar-lab format class to develop functional prototypes for/with people with disabilities.