The UB 2020 Civic Engagement and Public Policy strategic
initiative (CEPP) has awarded five new Civic Engagement Research
Fellowships for 2012-13 to UB scholars in fields of communications
and health sciences, education, law and social work.
CEPP is in its third year supporting community-based research.
The fellows are UB researchers who collaborate with community
partners to address urgent and challenging concerns of social
justice and public policy.
The new fellows, who receive up to $3,500 for their
community-based research project, and their research partners,
- Kathleen Kost, associate professor, School of Social Work:
“Assessing Readiness for Change among Village Leaders in
Tanzania,” with community research partner Immaculate Heart
Sisters of Africa (ISHA), Kitenga, Tanzania.
- Jill Koyama, assistant professor, Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education:
“Collaboratively Tracing Refugee and Immigrant Newcomer
Service Networks,” with community research partner Buffalo
English Language Learners (BELL) Network.
- Ophelia Morey, associate librarian, Health Sciences Library,
and Helen Wang, assistant professor, Department of Communication,
College of Arts and Sciences, and research assistant professor,
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of
Public Health and Health Professions: “Healthy Moms, Healthy
Babies: Developing Information Communication Strategies for
Reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates in Buffalo,”
with community research partner Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network
- Tony Szczygiel, professor, UB Law School: “Canopy of
Neighbors Public Benefits Screening Project,” with community
research partner Canopy of Neighbors.
- X. Christine Wang; associate professor, Department of Learning
and Instruction, Graduate School of Education: “iLearning:
Technology Enhanced Early Science and Literacy for Diverse
Learners,” with community research partner PS 39 Martin
Luther King Multicultural Institute, Buffalo Public Schools.
“This new class of research fellows adds to the network
that is being created to enhance the work of community-based
scholarship at the university,” says Susan Mangold, professor
of law and member of the CEPP Faculty Advisory Committee.
“CEPP serves a vital role in developing, identifying and
supporting community-based scholarship at UB.
“In meetings with research fellows from former
years,” Mangold says, “we learned how CEPP can enhance
their work by developing resources to assist in all phases of their
research—from IRB through success in grant writing,
publication and disseminating research results broadly. This class
of scholars will make important contributions to their fields
employing community-based scholarship methods. CEPP looks forward
to working with them to further their research.”
In addition to the new research fellowships, a second round of
2011-12 fellowships were awarded in November 2011. Fellows
- Filomena M. Critelli, assistant professor, School of Social
Work: “Service Needs, Service Access and Improved Service
Utilization Strategies for Immigrant and Refugee Domestic Violence
Victims: Perspectives of Consumers and Providers,” with
community research partner Domestic Violence Victims Services
Program at the International Institute of Buffalo.
- Daniel B. Hess, associate professor, Department of Urban and
Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning:
“Older Adults’ Vulnerabilities to Extreme Weather in
Western New York,” with community research partner Erie
County Department of Senior Services.
- David A. Gerber, distinguished professor, Department of History
and former director, Center for Disability Studies, College of Arts
and Sciences, and Michael Rembis, assistant professor, Department
of History and current director, Center for Disability Studies:
“An Oral History of the West Seneca Development Center
(1961-2011), West Seneca, N.Y.,” with community research
partner Museum of DisABILITY in Amherst.
Laura Mangan, who coordinates the CEPP initiative, says she is
pleased with the success of the research fellowship program,
including the quality of proposals, the variety of research methods
employed and geographic diversity of the research.
“The ever increasing number of proposals we
receive,” Mangan says, “confirms the considerable
interest in community-based research across the disciplines at