MRISJ Faculty Mini-Grants
The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice annually awards MRISJ Faculty Mini-Grants to Bridgewater State University (BSU) faculty members, both full and part-time, who are selected through an application process.
Priority is given to projects focused on social justice, racial justice, community engagement projects that strengthen the University’s involvement with local communities, and interdisciplinary projects among faculty, staff, and students.
Previous MRISJ Faculty Mini-Grants have supported:
Research grants help faculty to develop, initiate, or complete a scholarly project that advances social justice or social innovation, or builds knowledge and skills needed to advance social justice or social innovation.
Re-developing a course or workshop, developing a new course, incorporation or development of social justice pedagogies or tools in existing courses.
Advocacy/activism campaigns, organizing work, community development projects, capacity building projects, and other social justice and/or racial justice projects.
Subscriptions, conference registrations, memberships, trainings, licenses, speaker or screening fees, books, supplies, equipment, and/or transportation for social justice or social innovation activity.
Spring 2021 Grant Projects
Developed ‘Intermediate Spanish for Elementary Education’ Course
Alba Aragon (Global Languages and Literatures) reviewed, acquired, and adapted materials to finalize the syllabus for a new course LASP 171, Intermediate Spanish for Elementary Education.
Expanded Inclusivity in Performance Studies Curriculum
Spencer Aston (Music) updated four Performance Studies Courses to include works by under-represented composers of color and female composers.
Created New Course on Income Equality
Brian Frederick (Political Science) created a new course on class and income inequality in American politics.
Converted Special Topics Course to Second Year Seminar
Bjorn Ingvoldstad (Communication Studies) converted a new 400-level Special Topics Course on Spike Lee to a Second Year Seminar that will be offered regularly.
Redesigned Student Affairs Counseling Course to Include Racial and Social Justice Pedagogy
Peggy Jablonski (Student Affairs Counseling) redesigned the syllabus and content for the graduate-level Introduction to Student Affairs Counseling course to include a racial/social justice pedagogy.
Developed new Introduction to African American History Course
Maggie Lowe (History) developed a new course, HIST 251, Introduction to African American History, which will be offered for the first time in Fall 2021.
De-Centered Whiteness in Cultural Psychology Course
Meghan McCoy (Psychology) updated PSYC 230 (Cultural Psychology) to de-center whiteness in the course content by including resources written by people of color.
Highlighted Racial Justice Through Dance
Tina Mullone (Dance) created an original filmed performance about racial justice called “The Original Sin,” one act of which features the statue of Martin. The performance was highlighted in the BSU Dance Department’s Dance Kaleidoscope 2021 and was the focus of a BSU Juneteenth event.
Aging, Action, and Social & Racial Justice Issues Series
Karen Aicher (Communication Disorders) assisted with a three-part Zoom series on aging, action, and social/racial justice issues in Bridgewater, in conjunction with the Bridgewater Council on Aging/Senior Center and Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights. The sessions were held on March 16 (43 attendees), March 30 (34 attendees) and April 14, 2021 (36 attendees). The talks were recorded and BSU’s Maxwell Library is making them available via the local archives.
Spanish-Language Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness
Francisco Alatorre (Criminal Justice) assisted with creating Spanish-language materials for a community organization to use to educate people experiencing homelessness about their services.
New Community-Based Learning Psychology Course with Brockton Community Members
Lizbeth Hoke (Psychology) developed a new ‘Special Topics in Psychology Course’ in collaboration with the Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC). The community-based learning course had a racial justice focus in Brockton and involved Brockton community members.
New Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Opportunity with Girls’ Inc in Taunton
Maura Rosenthal and Angie Bailey (Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies) co-created a community-engaged teaching and scholarship (CETS) opportunity for MAHPLS students and faculty to be completed at Girls’ Inc. in Taunton, starting in Fall 2021.
Redeveloping String Ensemble to Incorporate Works of Black Composer
John Shiu (Music) redeveloped MUSC 183, String Ensemble, to incorporate, rehearse, research, and ultimately perform work(s) of a Black composer. Dr. Shiu posted a 17-minute description of the project here, which includes a performance and comments from ensemble members.
New Honors Colloquium on Racial & Social Justice
Jibril Solomon (Social Work) developed an honors colloquium seminar open to all students that will explore racial and social justice in local, national, and individual consciousness about racism and social injustice in current times. It will be offered in Fall 2021 and has full registration of 12 students.
Redeveloped Course to Focus on Connections Between 19th and 21st Century Activism
Renee Somers (English) redeveloped the course content for SYS ENG 299 “Fight the Power!” by adding and enriching focus on connections between 19th century and 21st century activism.
Redeveloped Human Behavior in the Social Environment Course
Pamela Szczygiel (Social Work) redeveloped SCWK 511, Human Behavior in the Social Environment II, for Spring 2022 to better reflect developmental processes and needs of those experiencing structural oppression.
Incorporated Racial Justice into ‘Philosophy of Food’ Course
Catherine Womack (Philosophy) revised the existing Second Year Seminar, Philosophy of Food, to incorporate racial justice issues in every module of the course.
Investigating Political Polarization as it Pertains to Criminal Justice and Policing
Luzi Shi (Criminal Justice) conducted research is to investigate the extent of political polarization and the impact of such polarization in the context of criminal justice and policing based on theoretical frameworks on political/social identity and moral foundations theory.
Presenting Work of Racial Justice Task Force at Diversity, Equity and Student Success Conference
Diana Fox (Anthropology) presented on the work of the Curricula and Co-Curricula Subcommittee of the Racial Justice Task Force at the AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Student Success conference in March 2021 and purchased books for a partnership with Kashmir University.
Previous Grant Projects
Influence of the Model Minority Stereotype in the Diagnostic Accuracy of Alcohol Use Disorder in Asian Americans
Alice Cheng (Psychology) used a Research Grant to investigate the influence of the model minority stereotype in the diagnostic accuracy of alcohol use disorder in Asian Americans among licensed clinicians.
Literature Review of Psychology Interventions to Improve Outcomes for First-Generation College Students
Ashley Hansen-Brown (Psychology) used a Research Grant to write a literature review of existing research on interventions to improve outcomes for first-generation college students and collaborated with existing offices at BSU serving this population to explore how research interventions informed by the literature review might be used at BSU to improve retention for our students.
Completed a Book Proposal
Michele Meek (Communication Studies) used a Research Grant to complete her book proposal, “Juggling Wolves: Sexual Consent in Film and Media.”
Conducted Research on a Social Justice Paradigm Shift in Social Work Education and Practice
Jibril Solomon (Social Work) used a Research Grant to fund “Social Justice Knowledge and Application: A Paradigm Shift in Social Work Education and Practice,” his research project that explored how knowledge and application of social justice in social work have shifted over the past 25 years, and the potential implications for social work education, training, and practice.
Resource Acquisition Grants
Social Justice Books for Elementary Readers
Marlene Correia (Elementary and Early Childhood Education) used a Resource Acquisition Grant to purchase social justice books for teacher candidate students at Bridgewater State University to use with elementary readers in local schools.
“Unconscious Bias in Schools” Books for Faculty Reading Group
Laura Gross (Mathematics) and Castagna Lacet (Social Work) used a Resource Acquisition Grant to purchase copies of “Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism” for a faculty reading group via the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL), which was co-sponsored by the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice.
Books to Support Research on Social Equity
Seth Meyer (Political Science) used a Resource Acquisition Grant to purchase two books to support his current and future research on social equity in public administration, including a specific project on sexuality and social justice in Africa.
Added Social Justice Framework to Anthropology of Education Course
Diana Fox (Anthropology) used a Teaching Grant to reconfigure ANTH 304, Anthropology of Education, to be a 200-level course with social justice frameworks.
Redesigned Global Human Issues Course for the Proposed BSU Living and Learning Community “It Takes a Village”
Joshua Irizarry (Anthropology) used a Teaching Grant to redesign of ANTH 204, Global Human Issues, which was taught as a part of the proposed BSU Living and Learning Community, “It Takes a Village.”
Brought a Social Justice Perspective to Virology Course Relating to HIV, SARS, Ebola, and Coronavirus
Boriana Marintcheva (Biology) used a Teaching Grant to create materials for BIOL 450, Virology, which guided students to examine HIV, SARS, Ebola and ongoing Coronavirus outbreaks from the perspective of social justice taking into account that human health is a function of our physical, mental and social wellbeing of each individual.
Adding Social Justice Framework to Abnormal Psychology Course
Caroline Stanley (Psychology) used a Teaching Grant to re-develop her Abnormal Psychology course to include a social justice framework.