$122k goes to anti-racism research at this public university
University of Michigan's Anti-Racism Collaborative announced that it awarded $122,000 to 27 graduate students whose projects focused on racial equity, racial justice, and racial inequality.
The Anti-Racism Collaborative promotes hiring faculty members focusing on racial justice, systemic racism, and anti-racism.
On June 21, the University of Michigan's Anti-Racism Collaborative announced that it awarded $122,000 to 27 graduate students whose projects focused on racial equity, racial justice, and racial inequality.
The Anti-Racism Collaborative is a National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) project whose mission is to “create a truly equitable and inclusive society.”
The grants were co-sponsored by NCID, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Center for Racial Justice (CRJ) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Some of the graduate projects include: “Dating Under the White Gaze: An Examination of Black Women's Online Dating Experiences,” “An Anti-Colonial Phenomenology of Racialized Knowledge Systems, Epistemic Injustice, and Epistemic Resistance in Graduate Education,” and “Towards a ‘Quare’ Battle Fatigue: Queer and Trans Students of Color’s Experiences of and Resistance to Queer & Racial Battle Fatigue.”
The projects were described as “inspiring” by Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Ford School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
“The breadth, depth, and interdisciplinarity of the proposed projects is inspiring, and I cannot wait to see these projects develop and evolve over the next year,” she said.
In addition to the award, Michigan’s Anti-Racism Collaborative will conduct university-wide projects to fight alleged racism.
Among the projects is a faculty cluster hiring plan that would hire 20 tenure track faculty members specializing in anti-racism, systemic racism, and racial injustice. The project, initiated in 2020, will unfold over 3 years, according to the announcement.
UM also plans to fill four tenure track positions in the STEM fields to combat inequity.
“The STEM faculty brought to campus will have a dedicated record of professional and civic practices that counteract bias and inequity in their field,” the announcement regarding the "Anti-racism faculty hiring initiativeread.
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