The Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) will be providing four (4) project grants, each for the amount of $5,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year. These research grants will support collaborative projects (anything from a traditional research article to podcasts to new curriculum to reading/writing groups). The focus of the CCDE’s work in the 2017-18 academic year is “Race and Media.” Our yearly programs, including our small grants program, will highlight work in race and media, and we will host the national Race and Media conference in the Spring of 2018. As such, we will privilege (but will not be limited to) project applications that fit in our annual theme of “race and media.”

The goal of the project grants will be to encourage collaboration between faculty, students, staff, and community in ways that fosters mentorship. We are interested in intentional models of mentorship and guidance that can impact the academic pipeline. In addition, we seek to increase and support project that directly address issues of difference and equity (see below for additional details and explanation).

The criteria for research support are as follows:

  • The projects must be collaborative;
  • The collaborative teams members must be across different levels (i.e., grad/undergrad; faculty/students);
  • Collaborative teams must consist of two or more members; (please note that at least one team member must be affiliated with UW as student, faculty, or staff)”
  • Projects must demonstrate the process of mentorship within the collaboration;
  • The project topic must engage with issues of equity, race and its intersections i.e., gender, class, sexuality, disability, citizenship;
  • Projects can begin in Summer 2017 or later; the CCDE research support will be terminated Spring 2018;
  • The research team will be required to report and present their work at a symposium at the end of Spring quarter; and
  • The work may be published online.

Projects that meet the following criteria will be privileged:

  • Projects with topics that align with the CCDE 2018 Annual Conference on Race and Media;
  • Projects that work with the region’s underserved communities; and
  • Projects that demonstrate the potential for expansion (i.e. course development, into a publication, dissertation, or conference paper by one or more of the research teams).

The research grants will provide the following:

  • $5,000 support for research expenses, travel, equipment, summer stipend, visiting speaker, or training for the duration of 9 months;
  • Quarterly workshops and research progress reports/support
  • Meeting space provided by the CCDE; and
  • Opportunities for dissemination.


Important Dates:

  • May 15th, 9:00am PST: Submission Deadline
  • May 30th: Award notification
  • July 3rd: First possible date for funding disbursement

You will be asked to submit the following information in the application:

  • Research/Team Title
  • Research topics (please list the academic fields that your research will address; i.e. media, race, gender, Critical Race Theory, feminism, international studies, etc.)
  • Name of team members and UW affiliation (please note that at least one team member must be affiliated with UW as student, faculty, or staff)
  • Project description (background, justification, questions)
  • Mentorship (what is the role mentorship in your team)
  • Research methodology (if applicable)
  • Project Schedule
  • Budget narrative (how do you expect to use the funds provided?)
  • Expected further research or outcomes

2017/18 Recipients

We are excited to announce the first cohort of CCDE Collaborative Research Grant recipients.  These grants are made possible with the generous support of the Provost’s Office and the President’s Race and Equity Initiative.

The projects funded represent a wide range of disciplines and areas of interest, and fit the CCDE’s central theme of “Race and Media” during the 2017/2018 academic year.  We plan to organize an event in which the research teams will share their findings with our wider community.

This year’s recipients are:

Project Title: “Mixed Comix Collective”
Research Team: Meshell Sturgis (Graduate Student, Cultural Studies, UWB & Communication UWS), Morgan Thomas (Undergraduate Student, UWB), Aina Braxton (Staff, UWB)

Project Title:  “iFight: Resisting the Model Minority Myth Through Storytelling”
Research Team: Royce Le (Undergraduate Student, Informatics, UWS), Lovely-Frances Domingo (Staff and incoming graduate student, Science in Information Management, UWS)

Project Title:  “Ethnically Diverse Podcasters in Seattle”
Research Team: Zithri Saleem (Graduate Student, iSchool, UWS), David Hendry (Faculty, iSchool, UWS), Domonique Meeks (Alumni, iSchool, UWS)

Project Title:  “We Rise (to be Heard): PhotoVoice stories of American Indian/Alaska Native men left behind by police violence”
Research Team:  Project Lead: Wyatt Pickner (Master of Public Health candidate, Department of Health Services, UWS), Abigail Echo-Hawk (Director, Urban Indian Health Institute), A. Gita Krishnaswamy (Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Services, UWS)

Project Title:  “A Collaborative Effort Toward Social Change: Understanding Media’s Influence on African American Fathers”
Research Team: Lindsey Wilson (Graduate Student, College of Education, UWS), Holly Schindler ( Assistant Professor, College of Education, UWS)