Humanities Institute

Current Grantees

2015 Sabbatical Grantees

Justin DeBrosse

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

Justin DeBrosse, a program manager at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, will work to evaluate the effectiveness of the English Forward curriculum for teaching English as a Second Language.

Charlie Lockwood

Texas Folklife

Charlie Lockwood, the operations and development director of Texas Folklife, will investigate best practices for preserving and circulating traditional Texas music.

Max Rayneard

The Telling Project

Max Rayneard, a senior writer and producer for The Telling Project, will examine the impact of storytelling on the veterans and audiences that participate in his organization's performances.

2013 Sabbatical Grantees

Julia Cuba


Julia Cuba is the Executive Director of GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network). She is currently working on developing a program called Pathfinder. This program would create a sustainable earned-income stream for GENAustin, and increase the number of teen girls who are prepared to become top executives in their fields. Julia holds a Master’s in Social Work from UT-Austin, with a concentration in Community and Administrative Leadership. She is interested in social innovation systems and social entrepreneurship.

Michael Gatto

Austin Community Design and Development Center

Michael Gatto is the Executive Director of Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC). He earned his Master’s in Architecture from UT-Austin, and is working on designing and finding support for construction of sustainable urban housing.  ACDCC is involved with various ongoing urban housing efforts in Austin, including the Alley Flat Initiative. The initiative proposes a new sustainable, green affordable housing alternative for Austin. “Alley Flats” are small, detached residential units, accessed from Austin’s extensive network of underutilized alleyways.

Erin Spalding

The Christi Center

Erin Spalding is Program Director of The Christi Center. She holds a Master’s in Social Work, and a B.A. in Psychology from UT-Austin. The Christi Center is a non-profit grief support center. Erin’s project calls for the development and administration of a comprehensive community survey on grief and bereavement needs. The purpose of the survey is to enable the Center to expand support services available to Latino, African-American, and other disenfranchised populations in Austin.

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