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FALL 2017

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17 FALL 2017 T he School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies hopes to boost the number of diverse students in Uof L's graduate programs with its latest scholarship award program. The first cohort of students in the Presiden- tial Diversity Scholar Program started classes this semester and includes Tytianna Smith, Malcolm Muhammad, Zakariah Henn, Con- solee Karanguwa and Brigitte Burpo. The five students are researching everything from immunotherapy and cancer to minority entre- preneurship to the recruitment and retention of women of color in athletic administration. Beth Boehm, vice pro- vost of Academic Affairs and dean of SIGS, intro- duced the program as another way to address the national trend of underrepresentation of minorities within aca- demia. This disparity is even more apparent among African Americans and Hispanic Americans. The program provides $1,000 a year for a total of four years to be used for pro- fessional development opportunities. Students are required to attend two PLAN events a year and one-on-one consultations with the director of Graduate Recruitment and Diver- sity Retention, Latonia Craig, who developed the Check-in-and-Connect Series (C-N-C) centered on professional development. The series topics include time-management, academic writing, the publishing process and more. "The C-N-C series has been extremely effec- tive in retaining underrepresented students of color. We have witnessed several students graduate with their PhD having participated in our programs, and we are proud of our efforts to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities to the academy," Craig said. The new Presiden- tial Diversity Award is extremely competitive, Craig added. Graduate students must already be funded through their department as a gradu- ate assistant or graduate teaching assistant, and they must be nomi- nated by their director of Graduate Studies for the award. After this first year, SIGS' plan is to continue to select 10 students a year with a maximum of 40 students every four years cycling through the Presidential Diversity Scholars Program. SIGS aims to increase grad-level diversity Leaders across the university are rethinking the way they approach research using the principles of arts and humanities. On May 22, the Cooperative Consor- tium of Trandisciplinary Social Justice Research announced the faculty grant- ees who are part of a $2.25 million funding campaign. Faculty heading the funded projects are required to form partnerships with a community organization to research from an arts and humanities standpoint. The projects span issues from LGBTQ dilemmas and education to housing and the Special Olympics. One project, "Black Men as Agents of Change in Children's Literary Success," seeks to provide children of color with reading materials that reflect their reality. "We want children to see themselves reflected in the books," said College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) professor Kathryn Whitmore. "We want the books to be a mirror." Partnered with Metro United Way, Whitmore, CEHD assistant professor Ahmad Washington and Faye Jones, associate vice president for health affairs and diversity initiatives, collect culturally relevant literature to place in Norton Children's Hospital. They want to position black men as role models through read-aloud programs. Another group, led by CEHD pro- fessor Mary Brydon-Miller, biology professor Shira Rabin and English pro- fessor Bronwyn Williams, wants to tackle climate change education in partnership with English teacher Matt Kaufmann and environmental science teacher Ben Kolb, both from Marion C. Moore School in Louisville. The 2017-18 school year will be spent engaging 6th through 8th grade students in a discussion with students their age around the world. "We can't tackle climate change until we under- stand how it affects other people," said Kaufmann. A NEW APPROACH TO INVESTIGATION LEFT TO RIGHT: Zakariah Henn, Tytianna Smith, Consolee Karanguwa, Malcolm Muhammad The C-N-C series has been extremely effective in retaining underrepresented students of color.

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