The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $450,000 in grants across eight research teams to explore persistent racial disparities embedded in systems ranging from health, education and wealth to criminal justice and infrastructure.
These grants are jointly administered and advanced in partnership with the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative.
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Below is a summary of the eight selected OVPR Anti-Racism research projects:
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Does Critical Reflection about Institutionalized Racism and Climate Change Promote Critical Action among Indigenous Peoples in the U.S.?
Team leads: Stephanie Fryberg (Department of Psychology, LSA; Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center; Tulalip Tribes), Laura Brady (Department of Psychology, LSA; Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center), Adam Farero (Department of Psychology, LSA; Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center; Bay Mills Indian Community) and Kyle Whyte (School for Environment and Sustainability; Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
Goal: The team will explore Indigenous people’s experiences of and responses to climate injustice. Extending past literature on critical race consciousness, they will examine Indigenous people’s engagement in critical climate action, as well as the psychological and cultural factors that motivate this action.
Developing anti-racist faculty evaluation practices through an understanding of epistemic exclusion
Team leads: Isis Settles (departments of Psychology and Afroamerican and African Studies, LSA) and Kristie Dotson (departments of Philosophy and Afroamerican and African studies, LSA)
Goal: The team will survey U-M faculty to understand whether there are race, gender and academic field differences in their experiences of scholarly devaluation and how these experiences affect their workplace attitudes and intentions to remain at U-M and within academia.