Inaugural winners of Diversity and Social Justice Grants announced

The Faculty Senate Diversity and Social Justice Grants are awarded for faculty teaching and research that focuses on building Western Washington University's capacity for embracing and engaging issues related to diversity, equity and social justice. Initial funding for these grants was secured by the President’s Taskforce on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

The awardees of the inaugural teaching grants are as follows:

  • Josh Cerretti, History Instructor: The Decolonizing Bellingham Tour
  • Regina Barber DeGraaff, Physics and Astronomy Lecturer & STEM Diversity and Outreach Specialist, in collaboration with Lina Dahlberg and Robin Kodner: ISMs: Inclusion and Social Mindfulness Workshops for STEM Faculty
  • Niall Ó Murchú, Associate Professor in Fairhaven: Expand the Fairhaven World Issues Global Social Justice Curriculum
  • Greg Youmans, Assistant Professor in English and Film Studies: Expanding the Frame of Queer and Transgender Studies

The awardees of the inaugural research grants are as follows:

  • Chris Friday, History Professor: Social Studies, Tribal Sovereignty, and Government Relations: Creating Responsible and Ethical Pathways for Implementing SB5433 at Western Washington University
  • Nabil Kamel, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies: Diversity Planning and Implementation for Huxley College of the Environment: Baseline Comparison and Best Practices in Ecological and Environment Fields
  • Tamara Spira, Assistant Professor in American Cultural Studies: Movements of Feeling: Affect, Neoliberalism and (Post) Revolutionary Memory in the Americas