Awards Database

Awards Database

A key goal of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice is to forge stronger relationships between expertise and resources within Southwestern communities and those at the University of Arizona (UA) and encourage outstanding scholarship at the nexus of environment and social justice.

The Awards Database shared here offers a comprehensive record of awards the Haury Program has made to advance those collaborations and to recognize outstanding UA faculty and visiting associates.

Suggested Keywords: Seed Grant, Challenge Grant, Faculty Fellow, Visiting Associate, YWCA, UA, Sociology

A New Habitat for Manufactured Housing in Tucson

Lead: Kear, Mark (UA School of Geography and Development)
Partners: Habitat for Humanity Tucson and City of Tucson Ward 3 Council Office

  • Award Date: Jul 2018
  • Award Amount: $59,327.95
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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The proposed project, “A New Habitat for Manufactured Housing in Tucson,” is a collaboration between the  University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Development, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, and the City of Tucson’s Ward council office. Our aim is to transform Tucson’s most socially and environmentally vulnerable manufactured housing (MH) communities into healthy, sustainable, and just places to live. This partnership has four  goals: (i) deepen understanding of the intersections between social (e.g. eviction) and environmental vulnerability (e.g. energy poverty) in MH communities through workshops, focus groups and interviews; (ii) develop indices and maps to identify Tucson’s most socially and environmentally vulnerable MH communities; (iii) recommend policy interventions to enhance MH quality of life as well as the social and environmental resilience; and (iv) refurbish and build new homes for a candidate MH community. 
 
This project will construct a network of organizations working with vulnerable MH residents to dismantle barriers to the realization of social and environmental justice. In addition to new and repaired homes, leaders will produce peer-reviewed articles, presentations and infographics that enhance understanding of the connections between MH and several forms of social and environmental vulnerability. The products of this research partnership will amplify the agency of marginalized groups by articulating the priorities of MH residents in planning and policy-making processes. This project will form the foundation of a long-term research program focused on housing justice in the Southwest and serve as a springboard to secure external funding from the Arizona Department of Housing and the National Science Foundation.

Engagement of Underserved Students in Biodiversity and Land-Use Issues Through the Co-Management of Agriculture and Wildlife

Lead: Rivadeneira, Paula (UA Yuma Agricultural Center)
Partners: Arizona Western College

  • Award Date: Jul 2018
  • Award Amount: $130,852
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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Wildlife-human interactions and insect pressure are common in rural areas where agricultural land has taken over wild habitat. Habitat loss forces displaced wildlife and insects to enter fresh produce fields seeking food, water, and shelter. Wildlife poses a risk to food safety by potentially introducing foodborne pathogens, while insects can decimate crops.

Yuma, Arizona is the Winter Vegetable Capital of the World. Historically, growers destroyed native habitat around their fields for food safety assuming that wildlife would leave. But studies have documented the opposite. As a result, new food safety regulations by FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and Global Good Agricultural Practices call for the use of co-management of wildlife and agriculture. Biological corridors connect habitat so wildlife can live successfully on the edges of human-dominated environments. In the case of produce fields, agricultural eco-corridors do the same, supporting both wild animals and insects at field edges. Through habitat restoration around fresh produce fields, growers will support wildlife with a functioning, balanced mini-ecosystem, preventing wildlife and insects from entering the fields, thereby decreasing food safety risks, insect pressure, and pesticide use.

The UA Yuma Agricultural Center will work with the Arizona Western College to provide underserved students with internships to develop and monitor agricultural eco-corridors in Yuma where many students strive for science-based agricultural careers. They will gain valuable field experience, and through monthly meetings, students will explore current topics in agriculture, which will develop their critical thinking skills. They will also conduct outreach through public forums to involve the community.

Faculty Fellow

Lead: Gonzales, Patrisia (UA Mexican American Studies)
Partners: Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders

  • Award Date: Jul 2018
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
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Faculty fellow Patrisia Gonzales specializes in Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous medicine. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has received various human rights awards and her work has been cited in various anthologies and scholarly endeavors. 

Doctor Patrisia Gonzales works creating Indigenous networks to increase connectivity and relationality, which are protective factors that allow people to adapt amid change, especially unwanted changes with unpredictable consequences. Her research focuses on key values that are the ground of many Indigenous systems and align with the model's aims to strengthen the "social floor": relationship, respect, reciprocity, responsibility, regeneration, and redistribution. 

This fellowship will help her to apply her expertise on Indigenous knowledge systems towards Indigenous alliances and networks among peoples impacted by the U.S.-Mexico border through the non-profit Alianza Indigena sin Fronteras that provides the Indigenous voice to border policies. The fellowship would strengthen the Alliance through youth action and, in turn, strengthen Indigenous youth by connecting them with elder Indigenous activists in applied learning projects that impact this bio-cultural region.

 

Faculty Fellow

Lead: González de Bustamante, Celeste (UA School of Journalism)
Partners: Southwest Folklife Alliance, Nogales Community Development,UA Libraries, Border Journalism Network, UA Anthropology, UA SBS-UNAM, Global Environmental Studies

  • Award Date: Jul 2018
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
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Dr. González de Bustamante conducts research on the history and development of television news and media in Latin America (mainly Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Brazil); and violence against journalists in Mexico. 

As a journalist and historian, Dr. González is interested in creating an accurate and diverse record of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and its people, during the actual unprecedented economic, political, cultural, societal, and environmental change. Dr. González will use a community-based/civic engagement approach in Ambos Nogales to build partnerships with members of grassroots organizations in an effort to strengthen this binational community through the inclusion of underrepresented voices into the public discourse. This fellowship will help her to develop an undergraduate certificate in journalism and anthropology of the borderlands in which UA students will learn about the borderlands and become familiar with conceptual frameworks that will help them to understand and appreciate this unique region. Highschooler from underserved schools in Ambos Nogales will actively participate in producing their own stories about their community.  

  

Hermanas Building Confidence, Readiness, Empowerment, Action, Transformation, and Employment for Women

Lead: Andrade, Rosi (UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women)
Partners: Sister Jose Women's Center

  • Award Date: Jan 2018
  • Award Amount: $102,550
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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The Hermanas Building Confidence, Readiness, Empowerment, Action, Transformation and Employment for Women ("Hermanas CREATE') project promotes social inclusion and well-being of chronically homeless women through an established partnership between Sister Jose Women's Center (SJWC) and the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women (UA-SIROW). SJWC tends to the care and nurture of homeless women in a welcoming and safe environment, where women receive direct services (e.g., food, clothing, a shower, shelter) to meet basic survival needs, and take respite from the challenges of homelessness and extreme poverty. Hermanas CREATE is a novel program of social justice that provides an income source for women as they begin the intense personal work of charting their path to a sustainable life through active participation. Hermanas CREATE also provides an opportunity for cohorts of women to work together to remove obstacles to entitled benefits, experience personal growth and build self-confidence, practice wellness and make healthy choices, all in a trusted and familiar environment that seeks to empower rather than extend dependence. Their work seeks to: (1) Increase understanding of needs and strengths of chronically homeless women in Tucson, Arizona, through a yearly community needs assessment. (2) Inform about the complexity of the experiences, and needs and strengths of women by developing a gender-informed White Paper that will provide a community-wide resource; and (3) Implement Hermanas CREATE to expand SJWC services and programming as a forum for social justice.

Increasing Equity and Efficacy in Local Fruit Harvesting and Education

Lead: Ravia, Jennifer (UA Department of Nutrition Science)
Partners: Iskashitaa Refugee Network

  • Award Date: Jan 2018
  • Award Amount: $39,964
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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This project aims to increase food security and enhance food justice for resettled refugees in Tucson and is being implemented through collaboration between the UA Department of Nutritional Science (NSC), Iskashitaa Refugee Network (IRN), community and homeowners associations, refugees, volunteers, and UA Students. The purpose is to work towards greater harvesting efficiency and sustainability, increase community harvests, maximize partnerships and local involvement. The main goals are: 1) Improve environmental justice in Tucson through pro-active neighborhood involvement and a systematic outreach program, 2) Improve social justice for refugees in Tucson through participation in IRN activities, 3) Improve organizational project planning, monitoring and evaluations (PME) capacity or IRN staff/interns/volunteers.   

Red Feather DIY Healthy Heating

Lead: Seidenberg, Joe (Red Feather Development Group)
Partners: UA Department of Sociology and NAU Department of Anthropology

  • Award Date: Jan 2018
  • Award Amount: $37,862
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 1 year
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The goal of this project is to reduce exposures to hazardous indoor air pollution from improperly burning wood and coal for heating on the Hopi reservation through the development and implementation of a DIY Healthy Heating class. There are numerous educational materials designed to teach people how to change behavior for health, but experience shows that relationships and engagement are key to successful long-term impacts on home health with people living on tribal lands. The project is focused on 1) Research on sources of alternative fuels, where Hopi people can obtain these fuels and how, and the feasibility of adopting these new alternatives, 2) Develop the DIY course and accompanying materials and deliver it, 3) Pilot test and evaluate the DIY course with a small sample of Hopi community members and evaluate the pilot data, and 4) Implement a dissemination plan including the development of PSAs.

Visiting Associate

Lead: Perkins, Tracy (Howard University)
Partners: Howard University, UA Department of Geography and Development, UA Department of Sociology

  • Award Date: Jan 2018
  • Award Amount: $20,000
  • Type: Visiting Fellow
  • Duration: 4 months
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The visiting associate, Tracy Perkins of Howard University, will spend four months in the Southwest working with Tracy Osborne and Brian Mayer of the University of Arizona. Perkins is creating a digital archive of a 1990s era campaign against a nuclear waste landfill to make them available to a broad audience. The project highlights the role of five tribes along the lower Colorado River in the landfill’s eventual defeat. 

"Farmacy" Project

Lead: Sparks, Elizabeth (UA Tucson Village Farm)
Partners: UA College of Medicine and El Rio Clinics

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $50,420
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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Tucson Village Farm, a program of UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Pima County Cooperative Extension, is an education-based farm that reconnects youth to a healthy food system, teachers them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empowers them to make healthy life choices. Working with UA College of Medicine and El Rio Health Clinics, TVF is beginning a new program,”Farmacy,” TVF works with at-risk families to engage them in farm-to-table, hands-on nutrition education and culinary programming. This collaboration provides  families with the opportunity to significantly reduce their risk and their children’s risk of developing nutrition-based diseases by incorporating healthy foods into their diets.

Faculty Fellow

Lead: McMahan, Ben (CLIMAS)
Partners: None Listed

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
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Faculty fellow McMahan, assistant research scientist with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), expands his work at CLIMAS to build a portfolio of projects operating at the intersection of his interest in climate/environmental risks (climate, pollution, and land usechange), community based participatory methods including citizen science/monitoring and participatory mapping, to engage with communities on their environmental concerns, and to use web/data visualizations to communicate results within and outside community networks. These projects allow him to use/teach data visualization techniques (to community members, participating students, science classes in the ARAN community network), and to demonstrate compelling ways that we can communicate environmental impacts and scientific findings while building community collaborations and a research team of students.

Faculty Fellow

Lead: Williams, Jill (WISE)
Partners: None Listed

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
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Faculty fellow Williams, director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), directs her fellowship to a collaboration with Sara Tolbert from the UA College of Education to implement an action-research project aimed at better understanding the relationship between politicized environmental science education (e.g., pedagogical approaches grounded in attention to issues of inequality and social justice) and science identity, motivation, and self-efficacy among students from groups traditionally under-represented in the sciences.

Hot Spots for Heat Resilience in Border Cities: A pilot Study in El Paso, TX

Lead: Garfin, Gregg (UA Institute of the Environment)
Partners: A.Y.U.D.A, INC., Red de Promotoras Paso del Norte and SERI

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $53,517
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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This project aims to increase resilience to the public health risks of dangerous extreme heat episodes in the U.S.-Mexico border region. The team focuses resilience efforts and resources on marginalized residents in underserved colonias of San Elizario, TX, and among expectant mothers. Colonias are characterized by a lack of public services and basic infrastructure, such as potable water. The team focuses on extreme heat environmental justice, because: residents of colonias and expectant mothers are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat, risks are amplified by \ substandard housing and infrastructure, and heat risks are projected to increase. The collaboration will co-develop, implement, and evaluate a certified heat-health risk-training program and neighborhood network building strategy; develop and evaluate low-cost interventions to reduce negative heat-health impacts to residents and expectant mothers; and organize a prototype border-wide learning network, to improve heat-health preparedness. The team will produce bilingual training curricula, educational materials, project reports and evaluation— communicated to stakeholders and partners. These efforts will promote increased capacity to address heat-health risks, cross-fertilization of ideas between partners and among prospective learning network communities—to strengthen the capacities of populations at risk to heat waves, and improved understanding of heat-health risks and risk communication leading to more sustained and longer-term impacts including improved public understanding of risks, and reduced vulnerabilities to heat waves.

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American and Hispanic STEM Innovators

Lead: Lopez, Gerardo U (UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences)
Partners: San Xavier District Tohono O'odam, Pascua Yaqui Nation, TUSD, SUSD, San Xavier Mission School, Indigenous Strategies, PCC, Modern Reflections

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $599,971
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 3 years
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The overall vision of STEM RISE Arizona (Renewing Initiative & Sustaining Environment) is to endow students with a culturally relevant, project-based learning experience through which they gain a relevant understanding of math and science concepts to break math barriers which can prevent educational and economical opportunities. Developing the necessary math skills opens the door to advance math courses by 12th grade. These opportunities and skills will increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in STEM fields including environmental majors at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona, reduce the number of underserved youth testing into remedial math, and to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM studies and careers including those in environmental fields.

Sustainable South Tucson: Seeking New Models for Economic Development in and with Marginalized Communities

Lead: Flores, Marisol (Executive Director, Microbusiness and Advanced center YWCA Southern Arizona)
Partners: UA James E. Rogers School of Law

  • Award Date: Jul 2017
  • Award Amount: $99,788
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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This 2-year project will introduce YWCA, UA and community leaders to alternative development models, including the principles used by BRAC International, the world’s largest non-governmental organization (NGO), in order to pilot a strategy that has the potential for community wealth building, environmental sustainability and greater resilience for the people of South Tucson and beyond. the evidence shows that conventional development models fail the Southwest Doughnut test. New models are needed. BRAC International, ranked the #1 NGO in the world in 2016, is working on multiple continents in communities very similar to South Tucson to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods, break the cycle of poverty, and empower marginalized and vulnerable people. But BRAC has yet to penetrate the North American continent. This project will bring BRAC’s entrepreneurial experience and knowledge to bear on our region’s most pressing challenge.

Engaging low-income, underserved communities in a neighborhood greenway: A community-university partnership for project design, implementation and evaluation

Lead: Gerlak, Andrea (UA School of Geography & Development)
Partners: Sonoran Institute and Watershed Management Group

  • Award Date: Jan 2017
  • Award Amount: $79,153
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
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This project works with community groups and non-profits to improve equity and justice issues around green infrastructure and urban connectivity along the Liberty Bike Boulevard, 4.85-mile route of existing residential bike routes on Tucson’s southside. The work focuses on harnessing community interest, non-profit study and action, and city activity through community-university partnership. Year one of the project focused on developing the project activities and dialogues to begin to shape the community engagement process with particular emphasis on the partner network. The team will focus on engagement at the neighborhood level in year two.