Faculty research has been a hallmark of UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. The Institute's research program was reenergized in 2014 through a university-wide call for faculty collaboration to "Translating Social Justice Research Into Action." We worked to identify new and innovative ways to share key insights from our research that may be particular interest to local community and government organizations, as well as national and international groups. Our vision was for the Muhammad Ali Institute to become a hub for social justice research that might be useful to our non-academic community.
The Institute led development of the Muhammad Ali Center's "Creating Our Future: A Muhammad Ali Center Character Education Curriculum" in 2012. This curriculum focuses on the core values embodied in the life and work of Muhammad Ali--- respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, spirituality, and giving. In 2019, UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute is leading a transdisciplinary faculty research team substantially revising the Muhammad Ali Center curriculum to focus on a critical consciousness and to reflect 21st century pedagogy.
UofL's Institute also directs a transdisciplinary faculty research group in our "Cultural Competency Research Project." The Faculty Research Group has two projects investigating the content and operationalization of "cultural competency" across disciplines, professions, and operations in a university. We are reviewing the role of faculty in advancing social justice and cultural competency in their classrooms, and how University administrators embody cultural competency. This research is part of UofL's Diversity Plan submitted to the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).
Faculty Affiliates Mentoring Ali Scholar
The Muhammad Ali Institute also collaborates with faculty members who are available to mentor Muhammad Ali Scholars, equip the Scholars with tools to conduct research in the respective fields, inspire the Scholars to consider graduate study, and offer opportunities to the Scholars to assist faculty in research projects as appropriate. The Consortium also provides students with research opportunities through its twenty-seven social justice research projects.