Grant Recipients

2013-2014

Immigration Matters: Film-based Discussion Series

During this six-week film-based discussion series, UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff and the broader Charlotte community will explore the history of Latino immigration to the United States by viewing six distinct segments of “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary film based on a book of the same name by Juan Gonzalez.  A discussion will follow each viewing to facilitate deeper understanding of central themes and issues.  The final viewing and discussion will fall in November and serve as a keynote event for International Education Week.

Intergenerational Forum: Gerontological Social Work Class Project

The gerontological social work series consists of three guided learning experiences that educate adult learners to the realities of aging and needs of family caregivers, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of healthcare services, other essential service providers, and daily discrimination and social isolation impoverished individuals face based on their aging process.

Michael Kimmel Speaking Engagement

This proposal requests a grant to bring sociologist and gender studies expert Michael Kimmel to speak on campus in 2014.

Rebuilding Identities: Bosnian Memories of the War in the Former Yugoslavia

Through a series of lectures, films, exhibitions, and performances, “Rebuilding Identities” will examine the intersections between war, memory, and identity with respect to places and peoples of Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Our series will bring together experts on the region, UNCC professors, artists and cultural figures, and Bosnians from the Charlotte area to raise awareness of and encourage discussion about the war, to cultivate relationships with the larger Charlotte community, and to promote diversity.

Romani People: Spirit, Music, and Dance that Survived Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide

This project will introduce the multifaceted history of discrimination as well as the survival, unique traditions, lifestyles, and customs of Romani people to a Global Connections (LBST) class.  The project includes presentations by scholars and artists from the underrepresented Romani culture highlighting this minority group often overlooked in discussions on diversity.  Students will experience Romani music, songs and dance as performed by Via Romen, a Romani music and dance ensemble which has world recognition and roots in our local community.

Service Learning: A Bridge to Engineering for Underrepresented Minorities – An Action Research Project

This project is a community outreach workshop designed to expose underrepresented minority middle and high school age students to engineering as a service-oriented vocation.  The students will participate in an engineering service-learning project throughout the Fall 2013 semester that will be evaluated using action research methodology.

Transmitting Heritage and the Struggle for Uplift: A New Look at African American Families in the 21st Century

Dr. Charles V. Willie, the Charles W. Elliot Professor of Education Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has accepted an invitation to deliver the 2013 Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Lecture and to lead discussions on issues of race, society, youth, and family.

Understanding the Impact of UNC Charlotte’s K-12 Community-Based Partnerships on Advancing the Goals of the UNC Charlotte Diversity Plan

As the University mission statement states that addressing the educational needs of the region is a priority, UNC Charlotte maintains deep commitments to K-12 community-based partnerships.  The academic and community benefit of these partnerships is understood, however the impact of these initiatives on advancing campus diversity goals is less known.  The purpose of this study is to better understand and evaluate the impact of these partnerships in advancing the goals of the diversity plan.  Specifically this study will develop a comprehensive list of University k-12 partnerships, develop a research-based framework for evaluating the impact of these programs on University diversity goals, and pilot this framework on the Freedom School Program.

2012-2013

A Self Reported Needs Assessment: Building Capacity from the Ground Up to Enhance the College Experience for First-Generation Students

Project to develop resources that will build faculty capacity to better support the diversity of students’ needs in the classroom by making them more aware of the special needs of first generation students, most of whom come from low socioeconomic status or working class backgrounds.

 

Assessment of International Students’ Communication and Schoolwork

This project will assess UNC Charlotte’s international students’ communication activities, schoolwork, emotional status, and attitudes toward university, through online survey and focus groups.