Seed Grant Awards


School Climate Survey: Enhancing Student Achievement

Kendra DeLoach McCutcheon, Ph.D., M.M.S.W., Associate Professor, School of Social Work

The conceptualization of school climate differs widely in the literature. Howard (1987) defined it as an atmosphere conducive to learning, the feelings that people have about the school, whether it is a place that facilitates learning, and the environment where students and school personnel determine to which they want to be enrolled or employed.

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Survey Development to Measure Ethnic Loyalty and Loyalty Conflicts in Refugees from the Middle East

Rashmi Gangamma, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
(Co-PI) Ambika Krishnakumar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Child and Family Studies

Existing studies on refugees document severe and complex trauma due to forced displacement, and the urgent need to examine factors of individual and family well-being during resettlement (Nickerson, Bryant, Steel, Silove, & Brooks, 2010; Steel, Silove, Brooks, Momartin, Alzuhairi, & Susljik, 2006; Jamil, Hakim‐Larson, Farrag, Kafaji, Duqum, & Jamil, 2002; Lie, 2002). A recently completed study on refugees resettled from Iraq by the PI indicated a need to also examine ethnic loyalty and loyalty conflicts.

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The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Food Studies

This research explores the role of Latinos as farmer-entrepreneurs in United States agriculture today by following the stories of immigrant farmers as they transition from farmworkers to farm owners.

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Collaborative Mental Health Policy Reform: An Ethnographic Analysis

Matthew C. Spitzmueller, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

New York State recently began a major initiative to overhaul its mental health payment and delivery systems. Under a newly minted Medicaid waiver program, the state will pursue a sweeping reinvestment strategy to cut costs, improve care, and enhance outcomes.

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Using Textual Analysis Software to Measure Team Brand Association Networks

Patrick Walsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Team brand associations, or the first thoughts which come to mind when an individual thinks about or is exposed to a sport organization’s brand, are fundamental to the business success of sport organizations.

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