Announcing Three New Research Grants and One Distinguished Fellowship

We are happy to announce three new research grants and one Distinguished Fellowship, approved in March 2017.

Three new research grantees will focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. Amy Hsin and her team will examine the effects of two policies intended to increase the college persistence of undocumented youth. Nikki Jones and colleagues will investigate the emergence and management of trust and mistrust in encounters between police officers and youth and young adults. Finally, Rebecca Seligman and Rebecca Ford-Paz will study how ethnicity and culture affect the quality of mental health services that youth receive, and how the quality of care affects patient engagement and clinical outcomes.

Bernadette Sanchez, a new Distinguished Fellow, will build understanding of how program development, staff training, and implementation of mentoring programs can be more responsive to staff, mentor, and youth needs when serving youth of color. This Fellowship marks the final award made through the William T. Grant Distinguished Fellows program. The Foundation recently launched a new funding opportunity, the Institutional Challenge Grant.

The online application for research grants will reopen in early June for letters of inquiry due on August 2 at 3:00 p.m. The deadline for applying to the Institutional Challenge Grant program is September 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Research Grants: Reducing Inequality

Immigration Status and Higher Education: Evidence from a Large Urban University
Do recent national, state, and university policies improve the educational outcomes of undocumented students at the City University of New York?

Amy Hsin and Holly Reed, Dept. of Sociology, Queens College, City University of New York; Sofya Aptekar, Dept. of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston; Thomas DiPrete, Dept. of Sociology, Columbia University
2/1/2017–1/31/2020, $600,000

Talking Justice: Identifying Interactional Practices to Improve the Quality of Police–Civilian Encounters
What kinds of interactions between police and youth can build trust, encourage civilian cooperation, and reduce the use of force by officers?

Nikki Jones, Dept. of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Geoffrey Raymond, Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
7/1/2017–6/30/2020, $404,101

Cultures of Care: Exploring Inequalities in Mental Health Services Among Mexican American Youth
How can clinical practices in mental health settings be improved to mitigate cultural bias and improve well-being among Mexican American adolescents?

Rebecca Seligman, Dept. of Anthropology, Northwestern University; Rebecca Evans Ford-Paz, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
6/1/2017–5/31/2019, $102,361

Distinguished Fellowship

Race and Social Justice in Youth Mentoring
To gain stronger understanding of the settings that shape youth-mentor interactions, Sanchez will immerse herself in two local programs: an organization that provides technical assistance statewide, and a national organization that distills research to develop curriculum and policy.

Bernadette Sanchez, Dept. of Psychology, DePaul University
8/1/2017–7/31/2019, $142,298