Institute of Urban Policy
Institute of Urban Policy

IUPRA Research Associate Earns Yale University Fellowship

Wed, May 16, 2012
IUPRA Research Associate Earns Yale University Fellowship
Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars

May 16, 2012 [AUSTIN, Texas] – The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), research arm of the Department for African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, is pleased to announce Dr. Jemel Aguilar’s acceptance to join the Yale University Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) two-year program as a visiting fellow. Dr. Aguilar will join a team of five Yale Visiting Research Scholars at the 2012 Summer Institute in New Haven, Connecticut that will run from June 11th to July 20th.

“While we had overwhelming interest in our program this year and received applications from many candidates, [Dr. Aguilar’s] application emerged as being a wonderful fit with the aims of our program,” shared Dr. Barbara Guthrie, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Tenured Associate Professor at the Yale School of Nursing.

Dr. Barbara Guthrie, Dr. Jean Schensul and Dr. Merrill Singer developed the program to further the sociologically informed study of HIV/AIDS. During the first of two consecutive summer components, fellows will conduct research, access mentors, and complete a $20,000 pilot research project.

Dr. Aguilar commented, “The REIDS program is an amazing opportunity to advance my research on the disproportionate impact of HIV in the African American and Latino communities and to learn from the leading scholars in the field. I look forward to my return to IUPRA to share the knowledge that I gain from participating in REIDS to support many of the institute’s initiatives.”


Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA)

IUPRA is a non-partisan urban policy applied research institute committed to informing legislation as it relates to social justice, education, health and human services, housing, and labor in communities of color,. The staff is comprised of policy researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students analyzing ways in which local, state, and national policies affect African Americans and other populations of color throughout the diaspora. For more info, please visit


Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

The REIDS program was designed to meet the challenges and barriers to advancement experienced by groups who are underrepresented in the field of HIV research. Developed by researchers Drs. Barbara Guthrie, Jean Schensul and Merrill Singer, REIDS is a unique partnership that brings together the resources and expertise of four organizations: the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA), the Yale School of Nursing (YSN), The Institute for Community Research and the University of Connecticut's Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention. For more info, please visit

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