Funded Grants

2013: Associations of Social and Behavioral Factors and Markers of Inflammatory Risk: Evidence for the Latino Population. (ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant. Principal Investigator (PI) Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie; co-Investigator Ruth E. Zambrana)

The research awarded drew from various disciplines such as sociology, epidemiology, public health, ethnic and gender studies. A population-based approach was used to address specific social, behavioral and biological mechanisms driving disparities in markers of inflammation that have been understudied among Latino subgroups. To our knowledge this is the first study to identify the multiple antecedents believed to drive disparities in cardiovascular risk that vary by Latino subgroup. Ruth E. Zambrana (UMD) and Rob Santos (The Urban Institute) Co-Investigators.

2011: Understanding the Relationship between Work Stress and U.S. Research Institutions' Failure to Retain Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty (The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Ruth E. Zambrana, PI

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the leading health and health care philanthropy in America, awarded a grant of $150,000 to the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity. Dr. Ruth Enid Zambrana, Principal Investigator, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) conducted a study investigating the relationship between occupational stressors and retention and career path progression of U.S.-born African American, Mexican American and Puerto Rican assistant and associate faculty in Research 1, higher education institutions. This mixed-methods study focuses on examining the associations among four primary occupational stressors for underrepresented minority faculty including organizational factors, stress-inducing work roles, personal strain and perceived organizational climate and how these factors vary by gender, racial/ethnic group and rank. These data may extend our knowledge of ways to increase URM faculty recruitment, retention, and successful tenure and promotion outcomes.

2010: Stress for Success: A Study of Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty in U.S. Research Universities. (Tier I Seed Grant; University of Maryland, Division of Research Faculty Incentive Program) Ruth E. Zambrana, PI

A Seed Grant was awarded to conduct pilot interviews and focus groups to secure funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore the associations among occupational stress, coping strategies and physical and mental health among U.S. born, Postdoc, Assistant and Associate URM faculty (African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican and Native American/American Indian) by gender and the relationship to faculty career paths.

2005: Instituting a legacy of change: Transforming the campus climate through intellectual leadership (Rutgers University) Bonnie T. Dill, PI

This study documented the institutionalization of CRGE, the Curriculum Transformation Project, and the Department of African American Studies and the leadership of these programs in creating campus climate change. Modified oral history interviews were conducted with the Directors of these programs to understand the processes of social change.

2004: Transforming Knowledge to Create New Avenues of Engagement (Ford Foundation)

Our share of this grant ($107,690) supported our work growing our research program, broadening our connections off campus, and intensifying our focus on the training of graduate students of color by integrating them into a program of increased engagement with policy makers and practitioners. Student participation and training is integral to each of the activities of this grant.

2003 Applying Knowledge to Solve Human Problems (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

A second grant ($51,251) from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create a third Research and Action Brief, "Racial and Gender Disparities in Civic Participation."

2002: Educating for the Future: Theorizing Differences/Building Commonalities (Ford Foundation)

This grant ($425,000) continued the Ford initial support; with CRGE�s share ($152,015), four faculty, two full time staff members, and two graduate assistants were supported, 14 RIGs across 20 departments were funded the first year, and then the program was reorganized the second year resulting in a closer connection between CRGE faculty research and the research groups. In all over 60 faculty, graduate students and community members participated in the RIGs.

2002: The Effects of Poverty and Welfare Reform among Female-Headed Families in the Rural Mid-South: A Collaborative Follow-Up Study (Ford Foundation)

The purpose of this study ($140,000) is to investigate the impact of economic development and welfare reform on the coping and survival strategies of low-income, single mothers in rural Mississippi. The study built on and extended an earlier Ford-funded study by Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill and colleagues that examined poor female-headed families in two rural counties in Mississippi in the early 1990s.

2002: Research Briefs for Disparities Reduction (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

This grant ($83,560) from the Annie E. Casey Foundation supported the creation of two Research and Action policy briefs: "Racial, Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Access to Jobs, Education and Training Under Welfare Reform," and "Racial, Ethnic and Gender Disparities in Early School Leaving (AKA Dropping Out of School)." The briefs unite an incisive overview of the field with insightful policy analysis and astute recommendations for the amelioration of these disparities.

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