Grant Awarded to the Department of Social Work

Dr. Melissa McCardle, Associate Professor and the Department of Social Work have been awarded a Healing the Heart of American Democracy Interfaith Innovation Grant for their Education Equity initiative, supported  by Interfaith Youth Corps and the Fetzer Institute. This funding allows Dr. McCardle to continue her research focused on understanding implicit racial cognitions among college students, their experiences attending segregated high schools, and their explicit attitudes about school integration.
Professors talking with Molloy students
The goal of this research is to better understand attitudes toward strategies for school integration and the relationship to explicit and implicit racial bias. The new project will utilize this dataset to develop interracial/interfaith dialogue forums with students on campus and in the community. These forums will allow students structured opportunities to explore their own experiences with educational segregation and diversity, and to develop leadership skills in establishing critical dialogue and strategic planning to address this very significant social problem.

Congratulations Dr. Melissa McCardle and Dr. Sherry Radowitz, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs for a successful proposal! Several members of the Molloy Community are participating in this multi-disciplinary initiative as key stakeholders whose expertise and contributions to planning and programming made this award possible - Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Professor and Associate Dean and Director of Ed.D. program- Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities; Dr. Maureen Carey, Professor and Dr. Amy Meyers, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work; Dr. Joanne O'Brien, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Education Programs; Dr. Janine Payton, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs; and, Alaísa Rigoni Grudzinski, doctoral Student, Molloy Ed.D. program.  Special thanks to Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism, who is an integral community partner.

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