“All You Can Imagine Is Real” mural, Artworks Cincinnati

2018-19 Fellows

The Cincinnati Project Fellows conduct research with a direct community benefit. We are pleased to announce that this year’s scholars are graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. This cohort will be funded by awards from the Graduate School, the Black Faculty Association, and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.

Erica Page, “Program Evaluation for Learning Through Art”

Erica Page is a doctoral student in the Community, Organizational and Research for Action program in the Department of Psychology. Her focus is industrial/organizational psychology, with a research specialization in diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As Program Development intern for Learning Through Art, a local non-profit that provides performing arts literacy programs, she helps design and implement program evaluation strategies.

Katelyn Lusher, “Streetwise Archive Project: Preserving Cincinnati Activism”

Katelyn Lusher is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English. She teaches composition courses in the English department. Her research interests include community writing, activist rhetoric, and archival research methodologies. Katelyn has been working with the Peaslee Neighborhood Center and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition for the past year. She hopes that her work with Streetvibes will further amplify voices in the Over-the-Rhine community.

2017-18 Fellows

This cohort of Cincinnati Project Scholars were supported by grants from the Wilder Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Shaunak Sastry, “The Disenfranchised of the South Asian Community”

This research project is about the health experiences of disenfranchised sections of the South Asian community in the Greater Cincinnati area, within the broader framework of understanding the specific health challenges and needs of this community. The goal is to develop local communicative infrastructures geared at health parity for an often-ignored population.

Stacie Furst Holloway, “Giving At-Risk Youth Another Chance”

The project aims to address two needs for Lawn Life with the assistance of undergraduate and graduate students in the Human Resource and Workplace Effectiveness lab. Lawn Life needs to develop a clear evaluation strategy that captures relevant participant data and tangible program outcomes. Through these research efforts, they hope to help Lawn Life expand its services throughout the state so that they can hire, develop, and support even greater numbers of at-risk youth.

Heidi Kloos, “Children Faced with Homelessness”

This research will help UpSpring staff better understand their impact and, as a result, be able to attract more funding to support their vision for children living in transient situations. Their current efforts are geared towards launching an early-childhood program, something that is missing from the services currently offered to homeless families. Student research will provide the necessary data to justify such efforts and point towards how best to carry it out.

2016-17 Fellows

This cohort of Cincinnati Project Scholars were supported by grants from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Layne Blevins, “Social Media and Social Justice in Cincinnati”

A goal of this study is to understand how groups like Black Lives Matter-Cincinnati and The Irate 8 used social media to provide a more diverse array of public discourse about the meaning and implications of the more recent shooting. This will be conducted by University of Cincinnati students and Dr. Blevins. The results of the analysis will be shared with community groups so they may use the information to continue or modify their communication efforts.

Carolette Norwood, “Navigating Gender, Race, Place and Space in Urban Neighborhoods”

The aim of this project is to learn more about the day-to-day lives of HIV positive African American women who live in poor Cincinnati neighborhoods. The information will provide directions for workable, culturally sensitive initiatives to reduce the transmission of HIV and to support those living with HIV/AIDS. The project is a partnership with Caracole, an organization that supports individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Leila Rodriguez, “Unaccompanied Minors in Cincinnati”

This project will study of the integration of unaccompanied Central American minors in Cincinnati. The results of the research will provide local information on the relationship between the unaccompanied minors and educational, healthcare, social services, and other Cincinnati area institutions. The project will be conducted in partnership with Su Casa, a local organization that aids Latino immigrants.

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