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Current Research

Diversify the Faculty, Transform the Institution: Learning from the Work-Life Experiences of African American, Latina/o and Native American Faculty (2014-2016).

Diverse college faculty play an integral role in advancing new knowledge and fostering pluralistic perspectives among young change agents that will advance equity in a diverse and global society. While greater numbers of underrepresented minority (URM) students are filling college and university classrooms, URM faculty representation lags far behind. African American/Blacks, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Native/Indian Americans have been historically underrepresented in the academy, relative to their proportion in the general U.S. population, and remain so today. The overall aims of this project are three: to synthesize and produce valid and meaningful evidenced-based information on higher education practices in consultation with a strategic advisory committee to expand the bench and enrich diversity in academia and to produce timely translation of these data into higher education work force policies; (2) to conduct a retreat with early career scholars who conduct scholarly work in Annie E. Casey Foundation program areas. A competitive process will be used. Senior scholars will be present to transmit lessons learned from the data on key workplace strategies necessary to navigate the academic terrain for successful tenured careers; and (3) to convene three national consultative sessions of key higher education administrative personnel and stakeholders to disseminate the information to inform their current policies and practices so as to contribute to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty.

Planning and Coordinating Baseline Survey Activities for a National Latina Wealth Report Card: Implications for Tax Policy and Asset Growth (2015-2016).

This research project will focus on developing a national assessment of Latina small business assets and wealth and to develop microenterprise stimulating tax policy solutions. The overall aims of this project are to: develop a focused survey and a sampling plan by geographic region of ethnic concentration to obtain baseline information on women-owned businesses by native born and immigrant Latino subgroup (Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latino women); create a sustainable nation-wide monitoring survey tool to measure accumulation of economic assets (homeownership, savings, annual income, stocks and bonds etc.), and microbusinesses growth among Latino women, households and communities on an annual basis; and generate valid and meaningful evidence-based information for timely translation into tax policy. The achievement of these aims will strengthen the Latino community and its middle class through sustaining asset building, wealth accumulation and growth in microbusiness.

For further reading on intersectionality, please browse our Intersectional Research Database.