Women + Girls Research Alliance Announces 2023-2024 Seed Grant Recipients

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The Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) is excited to announce their 2023-2024 Seed Grants recipients. Each of the grants emphasize community partnerships and community-engaged research activities that address the critical areas of mental health and wellness, economic security/mobility, and equity in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The W+GRA has awarded each grantee, or team $5000, each toward their research project.

The 2023-2024 W+GRA Seed Grant awardees are:

  • Sharon Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Jennifer Langhrinrichsen-Rohling, Ph.D., professor in the College of Humanities and Earth and Social Sciences at UNC Charlotte, for their research proposal on Integrating Staff Perspectives into Economic Mobility Program Planning and Evaluation.

  • Stephanie Potochnick, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Sociology, Laura Armstrong, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science, and Andrew Gadaire, Ph.D., assistant professor in the College of Humanities and Earth and Social Sciences for their research proposal on: Advancing the Labor Force Participation of Charlotte’s Latina Mothers: Examining Intersecting, Employment & Child Care Sector Opportunities and Barriers.

  • Janaka B. Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Department of English, Dasniela Recabarren, Ph.D., associate director for Health Equity and Direct Care services in the Center for Integrated Care, and Debarati Dutta, Ph.D., senior lecturer for writing, rhetoric and digital studies in the College of Humanities and Earth and Social Sciences at UNC Charlotte, for their research proposal on: Gather and Connect: Instilling Institutional and Organizational Care in Academic and Community Spaces.

  • Beth Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of Theatre Education in the College of Arts and Architecture, Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CHFN, associate professor, Katherine Shue-McGuffin, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, doctor of nursing practice coordinator and clinical associate professor, Corey Sheeler, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP, clinical assistant professor from the School of Nursing at the College of Health and Human Services, and Irania Macias Reymann, MA, playwright and certified applied poetry therapy facilitator at the College of Arts and Architecture for their proposal on: Tatas Tales Act III, Scene I: Breast Cancer Survivor Voices in Nursing Education with Theatre.

The scope of the research proposals centers on one, or more of the following areas and supports key areas of research focus and distinction identified in the 2021-2031 UNC Charlotte Strategic Plan:

  • Mental Health and Wellness

  • Economic Security/Mobility

  • Equity

More information at https://womengirlsalliance.charlotte.edu/research-reports/seed-grant-funding.

W+GRA is looking forward to working together with each of the Seed grant recipients to advance our understanding of mental health, economic security, and equity within the Charlotte metropolitan area. “Together, through creative and innovative research, we can drive positive change and create more equitable and resilient communities,” said Dr. Michelle Meggs, executive director of W+GRA. For more information please contact Dr. Michelle Meggs at mmeggs@charlotte.edu, or visit womengirlsalliance.charlotte.edu.