Collaborative’s grants advance anti-racism research, scholarship


The National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative has awarded nearly $111,000 in grants to six teams from across the University of Michigan to support projects that aim to inform anti-racist action.

This is the first cohort of grantees from the Anti-Racism and Precedents for Action grant opportunity. The objective was to focus on marginalized, grassroots and collaborative forms of anti-racist action with the potential to transform resistance to structural racism.

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These grants support new ideas or allow for an expansion of existing projects in ways that significantly enhance theoretical or methodological rigor, precision and nuance.

“These grantees are representative of the diverse ways in which U-M faculty are directly challenging structural racism through their research and scholarship, “said Tabbye Chavous, NCID director, professor of psychology and education, and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in LSA.

“Their work expands and deepens our understandings of complex racism phenomena and processes and the possibility of anti-racist action.”

The funded projects, which represent a wide range of disciplines and parts of the campus community, are:

More Allies Than Adversaries: An Exploratory Qualitative Study on Allyship and Racial Solidarity between Latinx Immigrant and Black Youth in Baltimore

Project leads: Ashley Cureton, assistant professor of social work, School of Social Work, and assistant professor of education, School of Education.

Anti-racist Action by Cities and Communities to Respond to Racist Police Violence

Project leads: Paul Fleming, assistant professor of health behavior and health education, and William Lopez, clinical assistant professor of health behavior and health education, School of Public Health; and Daphne Watkins, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor and professor of social work, SSW.

Supporting Border Crossing for Marginalized STEM Graduate Students Through Mentorship: The Reconciliation of Racial and STEM Identities

Project leads: Kathryn Hosbein and Paulette Vincent-Ruz, postdoctoral research fellows, LSA.

Advancing Equity through Teaching with the Arts

Project leads: Jim Leija, deputy director for public experience and learning, U-M Museum of Art; Elizabeth Moje, dean of the School of Education; Christina Olsen, director, UMMA.

The African Diaspora Music Project

Project leads: Louise Toppin, professor of music (voice), School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Algorithmic Reparation

Project leads: Apryl Williams, assistant professor of communication and media, and at the Digital Studies Institute, LSA; and Jenny Davis, School of Sociology, The Australian National University.


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