Redesign 'Visual Strategies for Digital Media' Course
Dr. Jessica Birthisel (Communication Studies) will redesign “Visual Strategies for Digital Media (COMM 137),” part of the new Digital Media Minor, to include a unit on “art, digital media, and activism” and other skills that can be used to advance social justice causes.
Develop Core Curriculum Course on Human Rights
Dr. Emily Brissette (Criminal Justice) will finalize the development of a course (tentatively entitled “Violence, Inequality, and Human Rights’) on human rights to be added to the Core Curriculum and offered as an elective within the Criminal Justice major, which would introduce students to the concept of human rights, the forms of violence, oppression, or deprivation they are meant to protect against, and explore how social movements and civil society groups have used the framework and language of human rights to agitate for social change.
Develop Semester-Long Travel Course 'The Civil Rights Movement: A Historic Tour'
Dr. Maggie Lowe (History) will develop a new semester-long domestic travel study course, “The Civil Rights Movement: A Historic Tour,” in which students will consider their civic responsibility regarding ongoing debates about how best to represent the history of systemic racism as well as campaigns for social justice in the public square.
Redesign 'American Popular Music' to Include Racial Justice Project
Dr. Deborah Nemko (Music) will redesign “American Popular Music (MUSC 168)” to include a national virtual exchange and team-teaching of a project on racial justice in American popular music with music faculty from Eastern Los Angeles Community College.
Redesign 'Introduction to Cultural Anthropology' Course
Dr. Lara Watkins (Anthropology) will redesign “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 100)” with a goal of strengthening civic engagement and global citizenship for students, while implementing methods fundamentally based upon racial justice, including open educational resources and virtual exchange.
Develop Sociology Elective Course on Youth Homelessness
Dr. Michele Wakin (Sociology) will develop a new elective course on youth homelessness, to be offered as an elective in Sociology and to support the Urban and Education concentrations.
Participate in Departmental Summer Institute on Course Design and Development
The MRISJ will support additional compensation for six faculty in the Psychology Department to participate in a three-day departmental summer institute in which participants will discuss how participants already build cultural psychology and social justice into their courses, brainstorm new ideas, and revise their courses. This grant was awarded to Dr. Nesa Wasarhaley and Dr. Ashley Hansen-Brown (Psychology).
Redesign 'Assessment & Planning' Course to Align with Social Justice Learning Outcome
Dr. Melissa Winchell (Secondary Education and Educational Leadership) will redesign “Assessment & Planning (EDHM 335),” an upper-level course in the undergraduate secondary education major, to align it with the Department’s major’s new student learning outcome on social justice.
Research on Challenges of First-Generation College Students
Dr. Ashley Hansen-Brown (Psychology) will conduct research on the challenges faced by first-generation college students.
Research on Korean Migrant Women and Their Struggles for Survival
Dr. Jonghyun Lee (Social Work) will conduct research on historical and feminist analyses of the life circumstances that forced Korean migrant women in Manchukuo into sex work and their struggles for survival using theories of migration and intersectionality.
Research Public Opinion of Criminal Records in Hiring
Dr. Luzi Shi (Criminal Justice) received funding for participant incentives for online public opinion research about hiring people with criminal records.
Survey Identifying Education Opportunities Sought by Seniors
Margaret Johnsson (Management and Marketing) will work with the Attleboro Senior Center to conduct a survey of the population of persons ages 60+ to determine specific education opportunities sought by this population.
Increase Participation by Brockton Youth in 'The Kids Road Races'
Dr. Chrissy Semler (Counselor Education) will lead a community-engaged project to increase participation by Brockton youth in “The Kids Road Races" series by raising awareness of the races, teaching mental skills for running to youth, and holding a sport parent workshop.
Develop Sustainable Community Development Tool
Dr. Yongjun Shin (Communication Studies), Dr. Boah Kim (Geography), and Dr. Melinda Tarsi (Political Science) will collaborate on an interdisciplinary, community-engaged project to develop a sustainable community development tool for the Town of Bridgewater.