Faculty Project for Community Impact

Seven Faculty Projects for Community Impact on Racial and Social Equity Issues

Thanks for generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost has selected seven research proposals that engage with “Racial and Social Equity in Local Context.” These projects will be led by Duke faculty members beginning as early as July 1 and ending by June 30, 2025.

This funding opportunity builds on previous cycles focused on “Racial Inequality” (2022) and “Race, Racism and the History of the American South” (2021).

Community-Engaged Research

As part of Duke’s commitment to forge purposeful partnerships, the Office of Durham & Community Affairs worked closely with local community representatives to define priority areas in which to leverage the university’s research strengths and expertise.

These priorities, laid out in Duke’s Strategic Community Impact Plan, are food security and nutrition, housing affordability and related infrastructure, early childhood and school readiness, college and career readiness, and nonprofit capacity. All research proposals for “Racial and Social Equity in Local Context” were linked to one or more of these five priority areas.

Duke’s offices for Faculty Advancement, Durham & Community Affairs and Interdisciplinary Studies tapped the expertise of community representatives to help select the strongest proposals for funding and offer guidance to faculty members. Community reviews provided valuable insights that will help make these projects successful and better aligned with local priorities and expectations.

All grant recipients will participate in a training on ethical and best practices in community-engaged research later this month

Hello, Ethi{CS}: Codesigning Ethics-Centered Computational Education to Broaden Participation in College and Career Readiness

Lead: Aria Chernik, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Social Science Research Institute

Collaborators: Jan Riggsbee, Professor of the Practice of Education; Kevin Hoch, Director of Educational Programs at Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Open design is an equity-centered innovation methodology. This community-engaged research project seeks to understand how the implementation of an open design innovation framework impacts attitudinal shifts among educators toward creating equitable educational change and toward teaching ethics-centered computing. In addition, the project will explore how using an ethics-centered, project-based approach to computing education impacts attitudinal shifts among Black, female-identifying and lower-income students toward the social justice implications of technology and toward computing education and careers.

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