Humanities Institute

Grantees and Projects

Current Grantees and Projects

Susana Almanza

Susana Almanza

People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER) *Website link not live

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.

Faculty Consultant: Dr. Scott Swearingen (Sociology)

K.C. Lawrence

K.C. Lawrence 

AGE of Central Texas

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 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.

Faculty Consultant(s): Dr. Namkee Choi (SSW)

Gabriel Solis

Gabriel Solis

Texas After Violence Project (TAVP)

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.

Faculty Consultant(s): Dr. Marilyn Armour (SSW)

Past Grantees and Projects

2017-2018 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Heather Barfield, PhD, The VORTEX Repertory Theater
“30 Years of Truth and Thunder: An Archival History of Austin’s Premiere Alternative Theatre”

Lilia Rosas, PhD, Red Salmon Arts
"The People’s Library of Resistance / Biblioteca del pueblo de Resistencia"

2016-2017 Community Sabbatical Grantees

Sera Bonds, Circle of Health International
"Researching Survivor of Human Trafficking Needs in Central Texas"

Cameron Allen, The SEED Adult and Family Learning Community
"Humanistic Assessment in the Adult English Language Classroom"

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, The Library Foundation (Formerly "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, Thinkery (Formerly "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 Central Texas (Formerly "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, Austin Safe-Place (Formerly "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"