Humanities Institute

Grantees and Projects

Current Grantees and Projects

Sera BondsSera Bonds

Circle of Health International

Sera Bonds is Founder and CEO of Circle of Health International (COHI), an Austin-based international humanitarian aid organization with a mission to provide quality maternal, reproductive, and newborn health care in humanitarian crisis settings. 

Sera will use her Community Sabbatical Research Leave to dive deep into learning more about the needs of survivors of human trafficking from survivors themselves. COHI has worked closely with the first medical clinic caring for this population in 2013, and is part of the lead clinical and social service team for the clinic as it reopened at People's Community Clinic in the fall of 2016. By the end of the Community Sabbatical, Sera will produce a client-centered guide for clinical and social service protocols for use in caring for survivors of human trafficking in Austin. She will conduct in-person interviews with survivors in Austin and the surrounding area and will conduct key stakeholder interviews with social service agencies, healthcare providers, and legal and law enforcement experts.

Faculty Consultant(s): Dr. Theodore Held


Cameron AllenCameron Allen

The SEED Adult and Family Learning Community

Founded in August 2014 by a group of adult English language learners, teachers, volunteers, and community members, The SEED is foundationally an adult English language program with a commitment to imbuing their practice and organizational development with democratic decision-making. As Executive Director of The Seed, Cameron performs all duties involving outside organizations, manages fundraising efforts, directs outreach and publicity, and hires teachers. As a teacher, he creates and implements curriculum that engages participants in exploration of the English language while challenging participants to rethink their understanding of the world and their agency within it. 

During his Community Sabbatical Research Leave, Cameron will explore the ways in which ESL assessment has been implemented that truly demonstrates growth in language learners without stripping them of the vibrancy and complexity that they demonstrate on a daily basis in class. He will refamiliarize himself with the literature concerning assessment accuracy, will gather information about other assessments used in ESL programs, and will engage with both funders and programs to see how successful collaborations have assessed humanistically while also demonstrating valuable data for individual growth and program measurement. 

Faculty Consultant(s): Dr. Angela Valenzuela


Past Grantees and Projects

2015-2016 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Justin DeBrosse, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
"Evaluating the Efficacy of English Forward"

Charlie Lockwood, Texas Folklife
"Texas and Regional Music Recording: Circulation, Impact, and Sustainability"

Max Rayneard, The Telling Project
"'And That's the Story I Want Told': Performing Veteran Identity and the Telling Project"


2013-2015 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Julia Cuba, GENAustin
"Creating Sustainable Earned-Income for GENAustin"

Michael Gatto, Austin Community Design and Development Center
"Sustainable Urban Housing Design and Support"

Erin Spalding, The Christi Center
"Determining Grief and Bereavement Needs of Austin's Disenfranchised Populations"


2011-2013 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Eugenio del Bosque, Cine Las Americas
"Cine Las Americas Membership Program"

Andrea Marsh, Texas Fair Defense Project
"Developing Models for Providing Holistic Criminal Defense Representation in Texas"

Rene Valdez, Red Salmon Arts
"Save Our Youth Curricula and Pedagogical Development"

Rocio Villalobos, Grassroots Leadership - Hutto Visitation Program
"Oral History and Writing Workshops"


2009-2011 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Linda Brucker, A Legacy of Giving
"Expanding A Legacy of Giving Through Collaborative Partnerships"

Mike Evans, Urban Roots
"Food Justice Workshops for High School Students"

Deliana Garcia, Migrant Clinicians Network
"Transborder Patient Navigation: An Economic Argument"

Tim Staley, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation
"The New Central Library in America"


2008-2009 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Jennifer Peters, Capital IDEA
"Best Practices in Community College Remedial Educational Programs"

Catherine Lee Doar, Austin Habitat for Humanity
"Integrating Durable Low-Cost Shading Strategies into Austin Habitat for Humanity Homes"

Rebecca Jones, Austin's Children Museum
"Best Practices for Cognition and Inquiry-Based Learning"


2007-2008 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Robin Bradford, Foundation Communities
The River is Wide: Keeping the Faith in Disastrous Times"

Stephanie Jarvis, French Legation Museum
"Researching the African-American Presence on Robertson Hill"

Brian Radley, Breakthrough Austin
"Overcoming Silent Barriers: Building a Path to College for Undocumented Breakthrough Students"


2006-2007 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Julian Huerta, Foundation Communities
"Strategies to Improve and Expand Supportive Housing Opportunities for Homeless Families with Children"

Lana Lesley, Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company
"Researching Naturalistic Acting Techniques"

Gail Rice, SafePlace
"Applying Restorative Justice Principles to Countering Domestic Violence in Travis County"


2005-2006 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Steve Bartels, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
"Developing Foreign Language Training in Law School Curricula"

Victoria Camp, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
"Financial Costs of Sexual Assault in Texas and Prevention Programming"

Anna Land, Heart House
Heart House in a Box: Creating Guidelines for Expansion to New Neighborhoods"

Rachel McInturff, Armstrong Community Music School of Austin Lyric Opera
"Integrating Upgraded Music Technology into Music School Curriculum"

Harold McMillan, DiverseArts Production Group
"Restoration and Preservation of Blues Family Tree Project Archive"

Karen Paup, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
"Researching Housing Policy in Low-Income and Minority Communities"