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Sharing Stories and Taking Action: Racial Justice Grantee Showcase

In fall 2020, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences announced its first two Eberly Racial Justice Grant awards to support research and initiatives being undertaken across WVU. At this virtual showcase, learn more about both projects: the people behind them, the progress so far, future plans and ways the community can get involved. The next round of grant proposals for spring 2021 will also be discussed.

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Amy Alvarez Amy Alvarez, teaching assistant professor of English, is a poet, educator and scholar focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, systemic injustice and social justice. Her poetry explores the ideas of systemic racism, which is inspired by personal experiences and those of her ancestors. In her funded book project, she will consider what it means to ( not) matter as a Black woman in our current times. Alvarez will also lead on-campus readings and offer writing workshops at high schools in communities of color. In addition, she is coediting an anthology that focuses on marginalized voices in the time of COVID-19, which is under contract with WVU Press. 
Linda Alexander Dan McNeil

Eberly Distinguished Professor of Public Service and Professor of Psychology Daniel McNeil and Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Public Health Linda Alexander, longtime research collaborators, are studying the impact of the historical legacy of vaccine utilization in the Black community. Through surveys and focus groups, the study is expected to have a significant impact on approaches to administering anticipated vaccines for COVID-19.

The Eberly Racial Justice Grants were made in partnership with the WVU Office of Research and the Center for Resilient Communities.