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Seed Grants Awarded for Projects Promoting Diversity and Engagement in CLA

Aldous Innovation Fund projects winners for 2015-2016 announced
May 6, 2016

The Joan Aldous Innovation Fund was launched in 2015 to provide seed grants for faculty and staff to test new projects or initiatives that advance CLA’s four Roadmap goals. The Aldous Innovation Fund focuses on one or more Roadmap goals annually.

See the College of Liberal Arts' Roadmap goals

For 2015-16 the awards focus on the two key Roadmap goals of diversity and engagement. Diversity grants test new projects that promote equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout CLA. Engagement grants focus on new projects that connect CLA research, creative work, instruction, and outreach with communities beyond the boundaries of the campus.

Proposals in both areas were evaluated by a faculty and staff committee based on their overall projected impact, innovation, and alignment with the CLA Roadmap and the University’s strategic plans. In total, approximately $126,000 from the Aldous Innovation Fund and alumni gifts to the fund for CLA were awarded to 25 projects.

The Aldous Innovation Fund was made possible by a generous gift from the late Joan Aldous, a University of Minnesota PhD recipient and a professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts from 1963 - 1975.

Professor Ananya Chatterjea 
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
In Shared Breath: Women, Trauma, Healing

Professor Brenda Child 
Department of American Studies
The Making of the Red Lake Constitution

Professor Jigna Desai
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Digital Storytelling for Youth Empowerment

Associate Professor Vicente M. Diaz
Department of American Indian Studies
Scholarship as Celebration: Festive Engagement with Pacific Islanders in Minnesota for Building Capacity for Pacific Islands Studies at UMN

Senior Lecturer Barbara Frey 
Protecting the Rights of Children Whose Parents Are Incarcerated

Professor Douglas Hartmann
Department of Sociology
Choosing Youth Activities in a Diverse Community: A Guidebook for Minnesota Parents

Professor Ann Hill Duin
Department of Writing Studies
University-Public Engagement as Networked Collaboratory

Assistant Professor Sungok Hong 
Department of Asian Languages & Literatures
Asian Languages and Literatures Summer Intensive Program for Hindi and Urdu

Outreach Coordinator Deborah Jane
Institute for Global Studies
Global Stories, Local Voices: Global Literacy from Kindergarten to the Research University

Professor Howard Lavine
Department of Political Science
Diversity Recruitment Weekend

Professor Erika Lee
Department of History and Immigration History Resource Center
Immigrant Stories: Immigration Public Education Kit for 6-12th Graders

Professor Richard Lee 
Department of Psychology
Diversity in Psychological Science

Associate Professor Enid Logan 
Department of Sociology
Scholars of Color Retention Initiative

Associate Professor Nancy Luxon 
Department of Political Science
Arrested Justice: Thinking Beyond the Prison

Assistant Professor C. Daniel Myers 
Department of Political Science
Deliberation about the 2016 Election

Associate Professor Cheryl Olman
Department of Psychology
Science Fair Mentoring through Coordinated Classes at the University of Minnesota and Murray Middle School

Assistant Professor Lena Palacios
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Mapping Violence in the Twin Cities: Youth-led Participatory Action Research in a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Classroom

PhD candidate Laura Maria Pigozzi 
Department of Writing Studies

Associate Professor Luis Ramos-Garcia 
Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies
XXI The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights Across the Disciplines

Assistant Professor Christina Schmid 
Department of Art
Stories in the Making: Conversations about Ethics

Associate Professor Michael Sommers 
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
The Two-Wheel Tour

Professor Catherine Squires 
Department of Communication Studies / Race, Indigeneity, Gender, Sexuality Studies Intiitative
The Op-Ed Project

Professor Valerie Tiberius 
Department of Philosophy 
Climate and Community: An Assessment of Diversity in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota

Postdoctoral associate Ioana Vartolomei Pribiag 
Department of French & Italian
Poetic Worlds

Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay 
Asian American Studies Program
Asian American Partners for Tomorrow

Academic Advisor Bavi Weston and Senior Academic Advisor Meghan Allen Eliason 
CLA Student Services
Advising Beyond Campus (ABC) Program

Learn more about the Joan Aldous ​Innovation Fund or make a gift to fund.