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Past DDE Funding Recipients

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Fall 2021 Recipients

Principal Investigator Project Title
Althea Murphy Price UTK, TSU, Fisk University Art Student Exchange and Group Exhibition
Kimberly Brown An Alumni Mentorship Program for Underrepresented Minority Nursing Students
Katherine Chiles Know Your Value/s: Strategies for Success for Scholars of Color
Wendy Bach Racial Justice Listening Project, Year 2
Michelle Christian Systemic Racism and Campus Climate at the University of Tennessee
Stefanie Benjamin Ijams Nature Center Community Weaving Project

Principal Investigator Project Title
Amy Elias Black Ecologies Week Symposium
Bestabe Navarro Hispanic Film Festival
Camille Hall Restorative Justice Mic Drop
Dorian McCoy Navigating the (In)Accessible: CEHHS SEI Summit
Katherine Chiles Know Your Value/s: Strategies for Success for Scholars of Color
Laura Knight Let’s Interest Kids in Engineering Subscriptions Boxes

Principal Investigator Project Title
Thura Mack STEM Reading Design Challenge at Willow Brook Elementary School
Rachel Rui Tell Our Story: Knoxville Asian Immigrant Stories
Nora Vines Access & Achievement
Manasi Apte Project Bridge @UTK
Misty Anderson Austin-East Literary Arts Explosion
Lettie Flores Creating Spanish Language Mental Health Resources
Hana Sherman Deaf Night at the Theatre
Heather Hall Career Readiness Institute

Spring 2021 Recipients

Principal Investigator Project Title
Courtney Cronley, Associate Professor, College of Social Work Racial Disparities in Evictions: Building A Community Dashboard to Promote Transparency and Housing Justice
Carmen Foster, Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Social Work Accessing the Impact of Race-based Trauma on the Mental Health of Black Social Work Providers
Rebecca Trout Fryxell, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology Girls Who Code Use Their Voices: Raising Community Awareness about Girls’ Career Aspirations Through Photovoice Action Research
Mustafa Oz, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Media Discussing Systemic Racism On Social Media Platforms
Jessica Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship Latino Immigrant Business Owners: Knox County as a New Destination

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Catherine Shteynberg, Assistant Director, McClung Museum Student and community exhibition space at the McClung Museum
Erica Mitchell, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Online Relationship Education Program for Low-Income Couples
Laura Bryant, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Title IX VOLS HELP ALL: Creating Care Packages for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Megan Haselschwerdt, Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies The Child & Family Studies’ Learning, Educating, Advocating, and Doing (LEAD) Seminar Series & Furthering our Commitment to Intercultural Humility
Jay Price, Sustainability Manager, Office of Sustainability Evaluating the Foodscape of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Food Waste & Food Insecurity in a Southeastern College Campus

Principal Investigator Project Title
Meghan Conley, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Sociology Documenting Immigrant Detention in Knox County, TN
Jennifer Tsuruda, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology “Bee” Diverse and Inclusive: Sharing Science-based Knowledge of Pollinators
Kelly Martin, Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Social Work The Equity Academy
Suzy Prentiss, Lecturer, Haslam College of Business Infusing the equity-mindedness framework throughout HIHE courses and beyond

Fall 2020 Recipients

Principal Investigator Project Title
Wendy Bach, Professor, College of Law, Legal Clinic Racial Justice Listening Project
Jennifer First, Assistant Professor, College of Social Work Identifying dimensions of vulnerability, inequality, and resilience in Black and Latinx communities in Nashville during a recent EF-3 tornado
Lettie Flores, Associate Professor, Psychology Providing Mental Health Services to Knoxville’s Urbanized Community: Sleeves for Needs Collaboration
Guy Harrison, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Electronic Media The Experiences of Black Women Newscasters in 2020
Larry Perry, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and Africana Studies Race and Inequity in America Podcast with Larry Perry
Patricia Rutenberg, Distinguished Lecturer, History Establishing a University of Tennessee History Department Internship Program at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center: A Collaboration

Principal Investigator Project Title
Misty Bailey, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, College of Veterinary Medicine A Step Towards Increasing Diversity in Veterinary Medicine – Highlighting Underrepresented Veterinarians Through Photographs
Michael Jones, Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine  Building Diversity in the Veterinary Workforce Through Targeted Recruitment and Engagement with Middle School Aged, Underrepresented Minority Students
Holly Mercer, Senior Associate Dean, University Libraries A More Representative Oral Record of the Chimney Tops II Wildfires: Documenting Experiences and Impacts in Gatlinburg’s Latinx Community
Derrick Stowell, Education and Horticultural Therapy Program Administrator, UT Gardens  Access to Gardening in Urban settings (AG – U)

Principal Investigator Project Title
Stefanie Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management Identifying Mega Travel Trends of the Black Traveler
Madison Nelski, Outreach Coordinator, FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program FUTURE Program Community Outreach Event Series
Alexis Niceley, Program Director, Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee Afterschool Animal Club at New Hopewell Elementary School
Katherine Page, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Techshop in a Box Workshop with ORCSGirls
Kristin Rearden, Clinical Professor of STEM Education, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education It All Starts With A Question: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Scientists and Engineers Through Biographies
Emily Sabo, Lecturer of Spanish Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and Literature We Are What We Speak
Liz Teston, Associate Professor, College of Architecture DESIGNHERS: Women in Design Collaborative