2016 Multicultural Research Award Recipients

2016 Multicultural Research Award Recipients

The Multicultural Research Award (MRA) funds research that addresses issues related to the mission of the Institute on Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA): “to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship and teaching that addresses urgent social issues.”

Since it’s inception in 1996, the MRA has awarded over 1.5 million dollars to more than 152 UMN faculty from at least 45 different disciplines working in equity and diversity research.

Award recipients are required to present their work as part of the Diversity through the Disciplines Symposia sponsored throughout the academic year. Awardees are also encouraged to showcase their research at the Gallery of Excellence, a showcase of equity and diversity research preceding the annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast.

Congratulations to the following faculty – as our 2016 MRA award recipients:

Assistant Professor Hector Fernando Burga, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Planning the Latino Immigrant City in Minnesota

Assistant Professor Jennifer Gomez Menjivar, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts
Black in Print: Fictions, Discourses and the Politics of Seeing Blackness in Latin America

Associate Professor Zenzele Isoke, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Black Women and the Art of Political Resistance in the Twin Cities

Assistant Professor Derek Jennings, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gimaajii Mino-Bimaadizimin Children’s Program

Assistant Professor Christopher Johnstone, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education & Human Development
Accessibility, Inclusion, and Identity in Study Abroad

Associate Professor Muhammad Khalifa, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), College of Education & Human Development Understanding Indigenous Culturally Responsive Leadership: Strategies for Improving Schools

Assistant Professor Melissa Lewis, Biobehavioral Health & Population Sciences, Medical School
First-Year Medical Students Learning and Personal Growth following Indigenous Health Lectures

Associate Professor J.B. Mayo, Jr., Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Human Development
Uncovering Queer Spaces during the Harlem Renaissance

Assistant Professor Cristina Ortiz, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Rural Community Identities in a Context of Transnational Immigration

Assistant Professor Lena Palacios, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Chicano and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Transforming Justice: Formerly Incarcerated Women Engaging in Anti-violence Activism through Participatory Video

Assistant Professor Punti, Civic Engagement Education,  Associate Professor Teresa Swartz, Sociology and Asian American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Not Just Child’s Play: How Parents and Kids of Diverse and Under-Represented Backgrounds Understand, Access, and Experience Youth Activities

Assistant Professor Shannon Walsh, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
Engendering State Institutions: State Response to Violence against Women in Latin America  



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