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

Support for UArizona College of Law, Year 1

Lead: Williams, Robert A. Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) The UArizona College of Law
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jul 2020
  • Award Amount: $22,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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Funds for an Administrative Assistant to the newly appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, (UNSRRIP/Special Rapporteur), Francisco Cali Tzay. 

 

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American Hispanic STEM Innovators - Phase 2

Lead: Fortuin, Kevin, Sunnyside Unified School District
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jun 2020
  • Award Amount: $81,570
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
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The project's aim is to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. The project focused on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth. The project prepared students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Graduate Student Support

Lead: Chief, Karletta, UArizona Department of Environmental Science
Partners:

  • Award Date: May 2020
  • Award Amount: $18,000
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Native Pathways
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Status: Ongoing
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Graduate Student Support for Karletta Chief, UArizona Department of Environmental Science.

Recipient: Nikki Tulley, second-year Ph.D. student, UArizona Department of Environmental Science

Ms. Tulley will assist Dr. Chief on the Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) program. Indige-Fewss aims to develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and Food-Energy-Water Security (FEWS) expertise to address FEWS challenges in indigenous communities.

Navajo COVID-19 Water Needs Mapping, Phase 1

Lead: Chief, Karletta, UArizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Partners: Northern Arizona University, Ronson Engineering, University of California, MSU, University of New Mexico, SRIC

  • Award Date: May 2020
  • Award Amount: $47,591
  • Type: Tribal Resilience Initiative - Water Sustainability in Indian Country
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Status: Completed
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The project aims to identify COVID-19 high-risk areas in the Navajo Nation. Through UArizona’s collaborations regarding water, health, and environmental health, project leaders will create a map that combines water quality, water infrastructure, health, and socio-economic data to identify areas on the Navajo Nation that are most at risk for a COVID-19 spike in the fall due to lack of access to
water, food, and energy. 

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American Hispanic STEM Innovators - Phase 2

Lead: Martinez, Carmen, San Xavier District Education Center Tohono O’odham Nation
Partners:

  • Award Date: Mar 2020
  • Award Amount: $84,000
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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The project's aim is to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. The project focused on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth. The project prepared students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

A Borderlands Observatory: Understanding and Communicating the Effects of Border Enforcement and Policy on Sonoran Desert Communities

Lead: Jeffrey Banister, UArizona The Southwest Center, and Vicki Gaubeca, Southern Border Communities Coalition
Partners: David Seibert, Borderlands Restoration Network; Robin Reineke, UArizona Southwest Center; Natalia Mendoza Rockwell, Fordham University; Carolyn O'Meara, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Chris Lukinbeal, UArizona School of Geography and Development

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $5,850
  • Type: Partnering
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Completed
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Since at least the mid-1990s, United States immigration policies have harshly affected people and places across the Sonoran Desert border region. In an attempt to ‘secure’ the border, these policies have militarized and effectively ‘weaponized’ the desert landscape, using infrastructure and enforcement to funnel migration into the hottest, driest, and most sparsely populated zones. The hoped-for result is that the ruggedness, isolation, and extreme heat would deter migrants from attempting to cross. Instead, the border has become a collective site of humanitarian and ecological crisis.

Social justice and environmental groups in the region have responded with great courage and creativity, but their voices are so often lost in the political fray and drowned out by the stridency of popular media. In particular, they face two central challenges: 1) their work remains largely isolated -- that is, these groups are, with some important exceptions, not in dialogue with one another; and 2) their unique data are rarely available to a broader public, let alone shared among different non-profit groups to increase effective collaboration. This partnership collaboration aims to build a team that works for an ethical and equitable program of collaborative inquiry among academic, humanitarian, and environmental communities. We hope to break down the silos of border research and nurture the production of much-needed local knowledge on the region. Our overarching reason for this partnership, therefore, is to begin developing a framework for collaboration between researchers and community partners to protect, extend, and communicate the innovative local ways that human and non-human communities have resisted, restored, and flourished in the context of border militarization.

The primary project partners (co-leads) -- UA Southwest Center, Southern Border Communities Coalition, and Borderlands Restoration Network -- will work toward a common language and collective goals for sharing data and local knowledge on the impacts of border militarization in the Sonoran Desert region. Such a partnership brings together a diverse array of backgrounds and perspectives: humanistic, environmental, and social.

 

 

Building a Network that Incubates Worker-owned Cooperatives for a Regenerative Society

Lead: Yue "Max" Li, UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Raye Winch, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Partners: Shefali Milczarek-Desai, UArizona Law, and The Tucson Cooperative Network [The Community Food Bank of Arizona, Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Co-op, Cooperative Impulso, Flowers and Bullets, BICAS, Local First Arizona, Technicians for Sustainability]

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $5,608
  • Type: Partnering
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Completed
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This partnership aims to strengthen the Tucson Cooperative Network (TCN). The TCN promotes and supports the creation of worker-owned cooperatives, growing a community with fair wages, equal rights, equity and mutual collaboration. We focus on regenerative businesses such as rainwater harvesting, habitat restoration, sustainable food production, and individual capacity building centered on indigenous values that respect all beings. These businesses regenerate natural, social and cultural capital and build resilience to climate change. We work with all people without discrimination and prioritize immigrants, women, LGBTQ+, people who are low-income, and people of color. By supporting these marginalized populations to become business owners, we restore socioeconomic equality to achieve social justice.

Our network organizations (see Question 3) focus on supporting local/regional communities to achieve environmental sustainability and environmental justice. By developing a viable business model for these activities, we create a more financially sustainable path for these critical activities. We envision the Southwest in the next 25 years prospers from businesses centered on regenerating instead of depleting natural, social and cultural capitals. This region also will support a strong ecosystem of democratically governed cooperative businesses. In this model, market capital flows to the population in need and the environment in need to restore ecological balance, enhance social collaboration, and strengthen democracy and economic equality. We take a network approach, focus on key players in our regional network, train them to become both cooperatives and cooperative promoters. Our approach is analogous to acupuncture, activating and strengthening critical nodal points in a network to achieve whole-system effects. This network approach not just moves the needle, but creates a socioeconomic movement that unites our society and restores natural balance.

Building environmental and climate education equity and action in K-6 education

Lead: Rebecca Lipson, Assistant Director of Education for UA Science: Sky School, within Steward Observatory, and Janna Acevedo, TUSD Magnet School Program
Partners: Kerry Schwartz, Arizona Project WET, and Benjamin Blonder, UArizona Science Coordinator Sky School Steward Observatory

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $79,104
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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As communities develop climate response plans to mitigate the hardships a changing climate brings, the gap between the haves and have-nots becomes apparent. This is seen even in Tucson, the third-fastest-warming city in the U.S., where inequity results in significantly less tree shade in the southern parts of the city compared to the north. Developing the next generation of environmental leaders to address these challenges locally requires the inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds. However, many young people do not gain exposure to environmental science and climate change topics, nor do they build connections to their local environments, in part because their teachers are not well versed in these topics.

This project brings together Sky School and Project WET with the Tucson Unified School District. We will recruit two cohorts of twenty 4th and 6th grade teachers in underserved schools for monthly, year-long professional development days on climate science and sustainability, emphasizing local issues. Through connections with the University of Arizona researchers and community leaders, teachers will build knowledge of the science behind climate change and its local impacts. They will be supported by curriculum experts in creating engaging lessons to implement with their students. As a final project, students and teachers will utilize project-based learning to create and carry out an action plan on a sustainability topic they identify as important in their school or community.

This project will develop a cohort of teachers engaged in climate and sustainability, who will influence students at underserved schools for years to come.

Gender Diversity Initiative

Lead: Lisa Bowden, Kore Press Institute, and Deanna Lewis, UArizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Partners: Tina Howard, Kore Press Institute; Tanner Menard, Equality Arizona; Lizette Trujillo, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance; Em Bowen, UArizona College of Education; and Molly Burke, UArizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $5,000
  • Type: Partnering
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Completed
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Kore Press Institute and the UArizona College of Public Health seek to develop a cohesive and productive partnership by laying a foundation that addresses the critical aspects of collaborative skill-building and team-building that make a successful project (the Gender Diversity Initiative). We recognize that input from all partners is valuable and necessary, and therefore, we intend to follow a ​community-based, facilitated process with a true cross-sector at the table for deep and rich conversations from multiple perspectives. ​The aim is to change culture, mindsets, resource allocation, systems, and health outcomes for safer, more accessible, and inclusive learning environments in order to move the needle on basic safety in Arizona schools for LGBTQ+ youth.

This partnership intends to address this pressing need for safer, more inclusive educational ecosystems, environments, and practices cognizant of health outcome disparities for LGBTQ+ youth. We intend to move the needle for our most vulnerable by addressing the root cause of gender-based violence with interventions to affect systemic change: teacher education and policy change. We view the issue of safety for our most vulnerable as a moral and environmental imperative. The partnership intends to build a stronger and more richly diverse social ecosystem for a more just and sustainable Southwest in 25 years. Providing an environment of safety and social justice for the most marginalized populations in Southern Arizona’s classrooms has deep implications. We recognize that normative narratives don’t work for everybody and that those who are worried about personal safety are not only barred from accessing an ability, and right, to fully thrive, but also from putting energy into issues facing the larger, natural environment like climate change or food security.

Our goals for funding the partnership include building specific skills and capacities that will support a successful, long-term collaboration and project. We want to build these capacities as co-leaders as a base, and to share bits of knowledge with other partners and collaborators across the project, especially since we will be intentionally working across sectors, across cultures, across generations, often with differently impacted populations, and potentially with folks who may not be allies.

Preparing the Next Generation of Native American Hispanic STEM Innovators - Phase 2

Lead: Rogstad, Alix, Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $53,000
  • Type: Challenge
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Ongoing
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The project's aim is to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. The project focused on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth. The project prepared students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Sustainable Tucson 2045

Lead: Kathleen J. Kennedy, UArizona John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Tres English, Sustainable Tucson
Partners:

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $4,764
  • Type: Partnering
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Status: Completed
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Sustainable Tucson and the University of Arizona John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences propose to expand on their Community Organization-UA partnership with Sustainable Tucson 2045 (ST 2045). ST 2045 will work to engage our diverse community in visualizing and creating a path to build a sustainable community in Southern Arizona by 2045. We believe this initiative fully supports the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice vision for all people to live more sustainable lives and improve Tucsonans' quality of life and their capacity to live sustainably in our changing environment. 

The goal of ST 2045 is to help Tucson become a truly resilient, desert-adaptive community whose culture and economic practices enrich the environment rather than deplete it, support biological diversity rather than extinguish it, clean the air and conserve water rather than pollute it. This is an audacious goal—not something that anyone individual or individual organization can achieve alone. We believe it can only be achieved by members of our diverse community coming together to envision our future and work together to bring that future into being. 

The partnership of the University of Arizona (UA) faculty and students and Sustainable Tucson (ST) will forward this important sustainable community initiative. It will also create a framework for sustainability research and provide UA students with opportunities to conduct field research in sustainability, environmental sciences, and community engagement processes.

Tucson Bee Collaborative: Broadening the Network

Lead: Debra Colodner, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and Wendy Moore, UArizona Department of Entomology
Partners: Jennifer Katcher, Pima Community College, Jessica Dietrich, Flowing Wells High School, Steve Uyeda, Sunnyside High School, and Jill Williams, UArizona WISE

  • Award Date: Jan 2020
  • Award Amount: $110,706
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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The Tucson Bee Collaborative is a partnership effort to increase awareness of Tucson’s exceptional bee diversity, and to empower future scientists by engaging them in research activities. Through course-based research experiences, this project will connect biodiversity conservation with STEM education, by involving high school students from underserved communities in real-world research on native bees. Students will make authentic research contributions by sampling the bee fauna on their campuses and generate genetic DNA identification tools vital to the success of the broader pollinator research effort.

Tucson Bee Collaborative is a collaboration between the University of Arizona (UA), the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM), and Pima Community College (PCC). This proposal aims to broaden the collaboration to include Flowing Wells Unified School District and Sunnyside Unified School District high schools. These Title 1 districts, located in economically depressed areas within the City of Tucson, largely serve a diverse population of students where opportunities for meaningful STEM education are welcomed.

In addition to confronting disparities in educational opportunities, this project aims to connect these young scientists to the biodiversity within their own neighborhoods, building awareness of the importance of native bees and the native plants on which they depend. Students will be empowered by being provided with the skills and knowledge to become their own advocates. They will grasp a deeper understanding of biodiversity, and a new realization that they themselves, are scientists capable of contributing to a wide diversity of STEM fields.

 

Community-based tick-borne disease prevention on the Tohono O’odham Nation

Lead: Walker, Kathleen (University of Arizona Department of Entomology)
Partners: Tohono O'odham Nation Department of Health and Human Services

  • Award Date: Jul 2019
  • Award Amount: $103,767
  • Type: Seed
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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This project is focused on improving and preserving health on the Tohono O’odham Nation while strengthening community resilience, education, and voice in the context of climate change-induced spread of vector-borne disease. Since 2002, range expansion of the tick vector has led to the emergence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) as a serious health problem among tribes and marginalized rural communities in Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Through a Haury partnership, researchers in the Entomology Department at the University of Arizona and Tohono O’odham Nation Department of Health and Human Services (TONDHHS) and animal welfare agency personnel will work together to fill gaps on community knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding ticks and RMSF. We will also evaluate tick distribution on dogs and in the environment on the Tohono O’odham Nation to identify ecological and social factors associated with high abundance of the brown dog tick and use these factors to predict future population densities. These data will be used in an information campaign to increase community awareness of RMSF risk. Data will also be used by TONDHHS to strengthen RMSF surveillance and prevention activities.

Faculty Fellow

Lead: Joseph, Carrie (University of Arizona College of Public Health)
Partners: N/A

  • Award Date: Jul 2019
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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Dr. Joseph's research interests include sustainable engineering for mine reclamation of hazardous waste, paleoecology, watershed hydrology and management, analytical methods for human exposures to anthropogenic contaminants, and community-based participatory research. As an advocate for Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Dr. Joseph specialize in using Indigenous methodologies to advance and protect Tribal interests. The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environmental and Social Justice would assist Dr. Joseph's data equity efforts, as the Program has continued to support community initiatives in underrepresented populations that have led to key insights across the dimensions of social equity, food sovereignty, educational enrichment, and environmental protection. The research will build on these insights by continuing to partner with Hopi village members to further understand the impacts that uranium extraction and mining have on the health, cultural, environmental, and socioecological well-being of the Hopi Nation. The Hopi Tribe consists of approximately 7,100 residents are geographically encapsulated within the larger Navajo Reservation. The Navajo Tribe has a well-documented history of uranium lease agreements that were established with the U.S. Government. Over 500 abandoned mines, four uranium processing sites, and 1,100 features are left as reminders of this history, along with a legacy of environmental and health impacts. Research previously conducted has found the Hopi Tribe was never consulted about the extensive mining history, nor are found in any community-based literature or exposure efforts in the area

Faculty Fellow

Lead: Lee, Jamie (University of Arizona School of Information)
Partners: Borderlinks

  • Award Date: Jul 2019
  • Award Amount: $76,000
  • Type: Faculty Fellow
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Status: Ongoing
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Dr. Lee's professional and community-focused experiences shaped her values and vision as teacher, scholar, archivist, storyteller, and media-maker. Similar to the mission of the Haury Program, Dr. Lee's ongoing research centers social justice and the importance of community collaborations to increase the diversity of voices and stories that are part of the historical record. Dr. Lee founded the Arizona Queer Archives, Arizona’s first LGBTQ archives, for which has collected oral histories. In keeping with the principles of social justice media, Dr. Lee also trains community members on how to use the digital video equipment to collect oral histories within their own communities for the archives. Dr.Lee has also co-directed the Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries oral history project that worked in collaboration with the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, and the San Carlos Apache Nation to facilitate the recording of multiple histories related to the creation of their tribal libraries. Dr. Lee works predominantly in archival studies and media studies with a focus on what she calls dynamic and relational multiplicity so as to increase the diverse voices, stories, and bodies of knowledge as well as knowledge-making practices in media and in the archives to teach about the complex relationships in and beyond home communities to the world more broadly considered.

The Haury Faculty Fellowship would provide transformative funds to connect Dr. Lee's scholarship on storytelling back to social justice documentary filmmaking. Financial support would allow Dr. Lee to re-engage the film Aguamiel, which Dr. Lee started over ten years ago. Such an opportunity to expand the film into the Arizona/Sonora border region and to work with local communities to contribute to and collaborate on its final edit and outreach strategy is a part of Dr. Lee's greater work creating community archives with diverse populations as well as educating communities to produce their own multimedia stories and projects. Overall, Dr. Lee's work aims to amplify diverse voices to help build coalition around social justice and, importantly, Climate Justice, which is an area of study that links these projects to global equality, human rights, and historical responsibility.