“The Singing Mural” mural, Artworks Cincinnati


Jennifer Malat – Director
Email: jennifer.malat@uc.edu

Professor of Sociology at UC, co-founded The Cincinnati Project with Earl Wright II. She studies how social inequality leads to inequality in health and health care, with a focus on racial inequality. Jennifer is also Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit Dr. Malat’s faculty page here.


Farrah Jacquez

Farrah Jacquez – Director of Collaborative Community Research
Email: farrah.jacquez@uc.edu

Dr. Farrah Jacquez is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati. Her work primarily focuses on community-partnered research promoting health equity. In particular, Dr. Jacquez works with Latino stakeholders in Cincinnati to identify interventions to improve health and healthcare experiences of Latino families. She also works with healthcare service providers to investigate maternal stress and infant outcomes. For more information, please visit Farrah Jacquez’s faculty page here.

Shaunak Sastry
Dr. Shaunak Sastry is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati and an affiliate faculty at the Center for Culture-Centered Research and Evaluation. His areas of interest are global health communication, critical theory and culture-centered approaches to social change with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS campaigns in the global south



Curtis Webb

Curtis L. Webb III – Project Coordinator and Graduate Assistant
Email: webbcu@mail.uc.edu

Curtis Webb, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, is the project coordinator and graduate assistant for The Cincinnati Project. His research interests include race, resistance, and exploring how the socialization process differs for individuals based on the intersection of their identities. Webb’s recent research focuses on how parents’ from different backgrounds justify their children’s involvement in extra-curricular activities, and why this is an important part of the socialization process for these parents. For more information, please visit Curtis Webb’s webpage here.

Advisory Committee

Emily HouhEmily Houh – Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, Law School

Two-time Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence winner Emily Houh is the Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of Law and Contracts at the University Cincinnati College of Law. Since 2003, she has taught the interplay between contract law, commercial law, critical race theory and socioeconomic inequality. Her recent research with UC Law colleague Professor Kristin Kalsem “looks at how participatory action research methods can be used to engage in critical race/feminist praxis, by exploring the raced and gendered nature of the ‘fringe economy’”. Additionally, Houh is Co-Director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. For more information, please visit Emily Houh’s faculty page here.


Dorothy Smoot – Greater Cincinnati Urban League

Dorothy Smoot is a social service programmer who specializes in entrepreneurship, business development and youth and adult education at Greater Cincinnati Urban League (GCUL). As Chief Program Officer at GCUL, Smoot administers curriculum pertaining to youth academic tutoring, teen and young adult workforce readiness and entry into competitive workforce level positions, alongside leadership programs aimed at young African-American professionals and awareness programs promoting sickle cell disease prevention and education. In addition to her position at GCUL, Smoot serves on the Police Chief’s Advisory Board, City Manager’s Advisory Board and is the Executive Director of the Community Police Partnering Center and the Team Leader for the Community Engagement Team of the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence. For more information on Dorothy Smoot, please click here and for more information on the Greater Cincinnati Urban League, please click here.

Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Dr. Whembolua is assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies. He is a behavioral scientist with expertise in public health in low-income countries, immigrant health and substance use among underserved populations. He currently serves as the director of the Global Health Studies certificate and the Africana Health research laboratory.



Cary Powell

Cary Powell is the Executive Director of Mary Magdalen House. Cary joined the House after serving for many years as Executive Director of Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund. Cary works directly with guests, providing for their needs. In addition, she works to increase awareness of Mary Magdalen House in the Cincinnati community, and ensure that the House has the resources it needs to continue its mission.


Carolette Norwood

Dr. Carolette Norwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Norwood currently researches sexual health disparities for African American women in urban environments.



Erika Meyer Judd
Erika Meyer Judd is a Director of Analytics at 84.51°. 84.51° is a data analytics firm that studies consumer behavior and spending habits over an extended length of time. Formerly known as dunnhumbyUSA, the company changed its name to 84.51° after it was acquired by The Kroger Co. in 2015. Erika manages the Customer Experience analysis team as well as chairing the company’s charatible arm 84.51° Degrees of Giving and their Corporate Social Responsibility team. Erika also serves on the Board of Trustees for Tender Mercies. She has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and graduate degree in Geography both from the University of Cincinnati.


Bianca Edwards
Bianca is a licensed Social Worker and Community Organizer for the AMOS Project, a federation of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to building a just and equitable city. She is a group facilitator that believes in holding space for community healing, power building and story telling. Bianca holds a Masters in Social Work from UC, is a 2014 YWCA Rising Star Graduate, and serves on Hamilton County’s Elderly Services Program Board.