About Us

Keynote Speaker Dr. Alvaro Huerta facilitating discussion at 2018 Social Justice Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker Dr. Alvaro Huerta facilitating discussion at 2018 Social Justice Research Symposium

 

PURPOSE

The Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research was established at UofL in 2016 as a means to connect faculty, students, and community partners across a range of disciplines, in order to overcome disciplinary silos and address complex social problems. The Consortium acts as a hub for a social justice research community through events, workshops, and support for innovative scholarship that crosses many traditional boundaries. It is a research entity designed to improve the quality of the educational experience for both graduate and undergraduate students and provide opportunities for faculty to thrive in their research and creative work.

The Consortium seeks to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries that limit university research by creating transdisciplinary teams of faculty and students from across the academic disciplines.

The research priorities of the Consortium include:

  • Community Justice: with special projects in Restorative Justice, Fair Housing, and Health Equity
  • Environmental Justice
  • Emerging Topics: providing an opportunity to respond to new social problems arising locally, nationally, or globally
  • Social Justice in West Louisville.

BACKGROUND

The Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research was selected in October 2016 for an internal grant under the 21st Century University Initiative for Academic and Research Excellence, in order to position the University of Louisville to be nationally prominent in an emergent interdisciplinary area of research and scholarship, and to address the compelling problems that society faces. More than 45 faculty members cooperated to launch the Consortium, and it is supported with pledges from over 31 University offices, units, centers, institutes, and departments. Modelled on a cooperative model, the Consortium achieved its internal fundraising goal through small and large contributions, pooling resources from a long list of contributors, and distributing the funding back to support faculty research and enhanced undergraduate and graduate research opportunities.

Participating colleges include Brandeis School of Law, the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education & Human Development, Kent School of Social Work, School of Nursing, School of Public Health & Informational Science, School of Dentistry, Speed School of Engineering, and School of Medicine.

The Consortium is directed by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the Brandeis Laboratory for Citizenship, the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, and Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity and Inclusion.



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