Tuesday, April 2, 2024
1:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Zoom Registration


National Center for Institutional Diversity

Rackham Graduate School

Center for Racial Justice, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy


Please join us for an opportunity to meet selected grantees of the 2023 Anti-Racism Graduate Research Grants. Sponsored by Rackham Graduate School, Center for Racial Justice (CRJ), and the Anti-Racism Collaborative at the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), the grant program supports engagement in research projects focused on racism, racial equity, and racial justice while advancing graduate student progress toward degree.

In the third year of this program, over $100,000 was awarded to 31 students for their research projects. In this virtual event, attendees will engage with graduate student grantees about their research. Click here to view all the 2023 grantees' project abstracts.

1:00 p.m. Welcome remarks

Alford Young, Jr., Faculty Director of the Anti-Racism collaborative at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Edgar G. Epps Collegiate Professor of Sociology, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Professor of Public Policy, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

1:05 p.m. Introductions of our partners

Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Rackham Graduate School

Dominique Adams-Santos, Associate Director of the Center for Racial Justice; Associate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer; Special Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; ARC Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

2023 grantees self-introductions

1:15 p.m. Round 1 Presentations (30 mins)

Erykah Benson 

Juhee (Judy) Kim and Brandy Jones

Taylor Kaili McKenzie

1:45 p.m. 5-minute break

1:50 p.m. Round 2 Presentations (30 mins)

Cassandra Arroyo

Jianjun (Larry) Zhu 

Sierra Mathias, Catherine Seguin, Emma Fagan, Georgina Johnston, and Satara Fountain

2:20 p.m. Moderated Q&A (30 mins)

2:50 p.m. Closing Remarks by Elizabeth (Liz) R. Cole NCID Director, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, University of Michigan

Erykah Benson (PhD Student in Sociology) — Community, Catharsis, and Craft: How Black Creatives Make Meaning of Online Community-building in the Platform Economy

Juhee (Judy) Kim and Brandy Jones (PhD Students in Higher Education) — The Nature of Peer Diversity Interactions in STEM: How Cross-Racial/Ethnic Interaction Affects Students’ Perceptions of Climate

Taylor Kaili McKenzie (MS Student in Environmental Justice and Geospatial Data Sciences) — Developing and Designing the ‘Umeke ‘Ai Center: An Indigenous Sust’āinability and Resiliency Hub

Cassandra Arroyo (PhD Student in Higher Education) — ‘Estamos bien:’ Interrogating the colonial demands for organizational resilience in federal grant participation at Puerto Rican Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Jianjun (Larry) Zhu (MA Student in Educational Studies) — The Measures of Effective Teaching Project

Sierra Mathias (MS Student (s) in Environment & Sustainability) — Community Ownership of Molokai Ranch in Hawaii: Implementing Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) for an Indigenous Landback Initiative