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

2017-18 Scholars

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 Scholars

The Cincinnati Project Scholars conduct research that provides direct community benefit. The Cincinnati Project Scholars are supported by grants from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati. We are pleased to announce The Cincinnati Project Scholars, Class of 2016-2017.

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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