Humanities Institute

Announcing the 2019 Community Sabbatical Research Leave Grantees

Fri, February 15, 2019
Announcing the 2019 Community Sabbatical Research Leave Grantees
Susana Almanza, K.C. Lawrence, and Gabriel Solis

by Stephanie Holmes, HI Undergraduate Assistant

The University of Texas Humanities Institute announced the 2019 Community Sabbatical Research Leave Grantees on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Community Sabbatical Roundtable Reception, "Community Archives," which featured the projects of the 2018 grantees (described below). The CSRL Grant provides support for research by members of the non-profit community in Central Texas. This year's grant selection committee awarded three grants beginning in January 2019.

Listed below are the new grantees and a description of their research:

Susana Almanza, Executive Director, People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER). Almanza’s research project is titled “A Comparative Analysis of Low-Income Housing Along the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan, 2010-2018.” Her research will document the loss of low-income housing in East Austin by conducting quantitative analysis on demographic and cost-of-housing data to ascertain if and how low-income housing has been impacted in the areas affected by the East Riverside Corridor Master Plan.

K.C. Lawrence, Memory Connections Program Director, AGE of Central Texas. Lawrence’s research project is titled “AGE’s Memory Connections: Evaluating Interventions for People Living with Dementia.” Her research will include designing and potentially implementing a quasi-experimental study to measure the efficacy of early-stage memory loss intervention methods, with the intention of sharing best practices with other organizations.

Gabriel Solis, Executive Director, Texas After Violence Project (TAVP). Solis's research project is titled “Violence, Trauma Narratives and Transformative Justice." His research focuses on the impact of documenting personal stories of trauma connected with the American justice system in order to have a restorative effect on victims. The results of this research will be compiled into a manual for collecting trauma narratives that can be shared with other institutions.

The January "Community Archives" event featured presentations by the 2018 grantees, Heather Barfield, PhD, Development Director & Associate Artistic Director for The VORTEX Repertory Theatre, and Lilia Rosas, PhD, Executive Director, Red Salmon Artsand Lecturer in the UT Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies. Speaking on the theme of “Community Archives,” Dr. Barfield and Dr. Rosas unveiled their projects to archive materials related to the VORTEX Theatre and Resistencia Bookstore, two important cultural organizations in Austin.

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