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Six New Research Grants to Build Theory and Evidence in our Focus Areas – Summer 2020

We are proud to announce six new research grants, including five to support studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and one to support a study on improving the use of research evidence.

Approved at the Foundation’s June Board meeting, these grants will build theory and empirical evidence in our two focus areas.

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Research Grants: Reducing Inequality

Sanctuary City Policy: A Mechanism for Reducing Inequalities by Immigrant Status in Latinx Children’s Mental Health
Do sanctuary city policies help protect the mental health of Latinx immigrant children and their parents?
Cecilia Ayón, School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside; Tanya Nieri, Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Riverside; Bruce Link, Public Policy and Sociology, University of California, Riverside
7/1/2020–12/31/2021, $159,804

Reducing Inequality Among LGBTQ Adolescents
What programs, policies, and practices can reduce inequalities for LGBTQ youth, especially LGBTQ youth of color?
Natacha Blain and Suzanne Le Menestrel, National Academy of Sciences
10/1/2020–9/30/2022, $120,000

A Lever for More Equitable Access to Schools? Evidence from San Francisco
Do school choice plans that prioritize families in underserved neighborhoods reduce educational inequality for low-income students and students of color?
Damon Clark, Dept. of Economics, University of California, Irvine; Adrianna Villavicencio, Dept. of Education, University of California, Irvine; Matthew Wiswall, Dept. of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
7/1/2020–6/30/2023, $519,868

Can Ethnic Studies Courses Reduce Racial Inequality as They Scale? Evidence from Three Research-Practice Partnerships
Do ethnic studies courses reduce racial and ethnic inequalities in students’ academic and socio-emotional outcomes?
Emily Penner, Dept. of Education, University of California, Irvine; Nancy Lopez, Dept. Sociology, University of New Mexico; Kyo Yamashiro, Dept. Educational Leadership and Administration, Loyola Marymount University; Lucrecia Santibanez, Dept. of Education and Information Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
7/1/2020–6/30/2022, $570,000

An Investigation of a Cultural Humility, Social Justice Training, and Support Intervention for Mentors of Youth of Color
Does a program to train youth mentors in cultural humility and social justice improve their relationships with and outcomes for low-income youth of color?
Bernadette Sanchez, Dept. of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Carla Herrera, Herrera Consulting Group; David L. DuBois, University of Illinois
11/1/2020–10/31/2023, $570,000

Research Grants: Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Measuring Conceptual Use of Research in Courts
How can we assess whether research has influenced the thinking and decision making orientations of policymakers and practitioners?
Sarah Walker, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; Jerald Herting, Dept. of Sociology, University of Washington
8/1/2020–7/31/2023, $409,936

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