Grant Recipients


"Committing to Social Justice in Your Local Community", Susan Furr, Counseling

Social Justice is often supported on an abstract level but not understood on an action level. The purpose of the grant is to fund a speaker from the local community to share ideas about turning ideas into action plans.  Amount awarded: $2,000.

"Digging Beneath the Surface", Denise Alvarez, International Programs

This exploratory research project will increase understanding of the academic experiences of international and other English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) undergraduates at UNCC, and help identify their support needs. The findings, which will be shared with university faculty and staff, will help define future planning for new and enhanced student support services at UNCC.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

"Dr. Patricia Hill Collins", Coral Wayland, Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, noted African American feminist scholar, will speak on campus.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

"Exploding Canons", Molly Shaw, Charlotte Teachers Institute

This proposal requests funding for a special community event that will highlight four or five UNC Charlotte and Davidson College faculty, help recruit CMS teachers to participate in the Charlotte Teachers Institute, and address important issues of diversity and interdisciplinary study.  Amount awarded: $4,500.

"Literacy and Learning Narrative Project", Lil Brannon, Lacy Manship, & Cindy Urbanski, UNC Charlotte Writing Project

Project invites teachers, many of whom are UNC Charlotte graduate students or alums, to inquire into ways in which digital learning narratives can enrich the literate practices of children in high poverty schools.  These area teachers are working with UNC Charlotte faculty to gain a deeper understanding of the literacies and language practices that students bring to the classroom, and their students are composing digital narratives that bring together their knowledge and language from their homes, school, and community.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

"Promoting Diversity through Research", Anthony Fernandes, Mathematics & Statistics

This project will engage faculty in exploring an "equity lens" in their research through a dialogue with Dr. Marta Civil from the University of Arizona. Dr. Civil's research is grounded in students', teachers', and parents' ideas of mathematics in predominantly Latino, working-class communities. Through her work, Dr. Civil has gained insights in promoting equity; which would be valuable to UNCC faculty to promote diversity through their research.  Amount awarded: $1,850.

"Sisters Move Together", Sophia Marshall, Recreational Services

The Sisters Move Together program is an eight week incentive program designed to give African-American female students a culturally competent place to become educated about improving health and increasing physical activity through a fitness program. This program will combine both exercise and educational sessions to teach participants how to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle while attending college and beyond.  Amount awarded: $5,000.

"Student Interfaith Retreat", Vidal Dickerson, Multicultural Resource Center

Students and student organizations will connect for a two-day experience exploring religious diversity, building trust & community, and developing an interfaith service project. This effort will culminate with the establishment of a "Fellows Alliance" (an interfaith student council).  Amount awarded: $5,000.

"The Dancing Wheels Company: Diversity in Motion", Margaret Quinlan, Communication Studies

The Dancing Wheels Company, the first professional integrated dance company for people with and without disabilities, will perform a sixty mini-mainstage performance with eight dancers with and without disabilities.  Amount awarded: $4,368.

"The Harlem Spring Quartet", Arts & Architecture

An educational residency and concert performance by The Harlem Quartet, an ensemble for young Black and Latino string players.  The guest artists will present a daytime community outreach performance for local high schools students from five CMS Title 1 Schools, an evening performance for the University community and public, and a master class for Music department students.  Amount awarded: $5,000.