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Center for Social Concerns awards spring semester 2020 community impact grants

By: Katie McCauley

May 8, 2020

The Center for Social Concerns recently selected its 2020 spring semester Community Impact Grant recipients. Grants are awarded to faculty and students doing community-engaged work that advances human dignity, solidarity, and the common good, values central to Catholic social tradition. The grants were awarded based upon a proposal submission and selection process and are part of the center’s continuing effort to support collaboration between campus and community partners for social justice impact.

Libbie Frost, Joseph Miller, and Cristina Escajadillo, current Notre Dame undergraduate students, were awarded $250 for “The Eagle: Bus Mural,” a project intended to collaborate with the students at St. Adalbert School to paint a mural on the side of the St. Adalbert School bus. 

Maria V. Alexandrova, assistant professor of practice, Eck Institute for Global Health; Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, assistant professor of practice, Department of Biological Studies; Roya Ghiaseddin, professor of the practice, Applied Computational Mathematics & Statistics; and Sophia Pantano, Meagan Matuska, and Rebecca Hammond, current Notre Dame undergraduate students, were awarded $5,000 for “Improving Human Papillomavirus—Vaccination Rates and Related Health Outcomes in Saint Joseph County, Indiana utilizing Three Cs Model.”

Patrick Farran, associate director, Graduate Business Career Services was awarded $4,000 for “Heartful: Exploring the transformational impact of community storytelling through theatre” as a mechanism for enhancing prisoner reentry efforts, community integration, and changing the hearts and minds of others.

Ellen Kyes, director of Take Ten, Robinson Community Learning Center, Office of Public Affairs; and Jennifer E. Burke Lefever, program director, Psychology were awarded $2,000 for the “Evaluation of the Take Ten program: Classroom intervention v. Peacemaking Circles practice.”

Marya Lieberman, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry was awarded $5,000 for “Lead-safe painting 2020” to educate, train, and implement lead-safe painting practices.

Neeta Verma, associate professor, Department of Art, Art History, & Design in collaboration with others in the South Bend community were awarded $5,000 for “UNITE: Mitigating Youth Violence And Strengthening Communities Together Through Art And Design.”

Community Impact Grant proposals are reviewed once in the fall and once in the spring. The fall 2020 application will open July 20, 2020. Applicants may request grants up to $15,000. For more information on grants, please visit the grants webpage.

Contact: JP Shortall, director of communications and advancement, (574) 631-3209, jshortal@nd.edu

 

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