The Social Justice Transdisciplinary Core addresses structural inequalities and racism and their collective impact on economic mobility, educational achievement and overall well-being. Richmond, similar to many urban centers across the nation, struggles with long-standing issues of race, inequality and justice.
Making significant and meaningful changes in equality around food security, education, well‐being and economic status in Richmond
This core employs a collaborative framework to enhance the university’s capacity to engage in a mutual exchange of knowledge with Richmond communities to fully incorporate racial and economic justice perspectives in education, service-learning and professional development; community-driven research and scholarship that advances knowledge about how to resolve emergent and extant issues related to racial and economic justice; and service that facilitates intergroup dialogue and action leading to transformative change in individuals, communities, organizations and institutions.
Transdisciplinary core team
- Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D.
- Dean and professor of counselor education, School of Education
Dr. Daire brings expertise in federally funded intervention research to decrease individual and couple stress, improve couple and family stability, and increase economic mobility in economically disadvantaged individuals and couples.
- John Accordino, Ph.D.
- Dean and professor of urban and regional planning, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Dr. Accordino's research, teaching and community engagement have focused on the economic revitalization of low-wealth neighborhoods and regions, through the establishment of new businesses and employment opportunities.
- Risha R. Berry, Ph.D.
- Visiting scholar, Dean's Office, School of Education
Dr. Berry's organizational leadership background includes a track record of infusing systems theory in the development of successful public-private partnerships, design of organizational frameworks, writing and securing numerous program grants - totaling over a million dollars and publishing peer-reviewed research.
- Jan M. Ivery, Ph.D.
- Associate professor, visiting scholar, School of Social Work
Dr. Ivery's research agenda emphasizes macro social work practice and has been focused on community partnerships, community and organizational capacity, and social service delivery. Her research on collaborative partnerships has explored the systematic and environmental factors that influence program development and implementation in economically diverse communities.
- Timothy L. Davey, Ph.D.
- Interim dean, School of Social Work
Dr. Davey's scholarship is focused on community case management and the impact of weekend retreats for at-risk families; on their quality of life and access to needed services. His community based projects have totaled over $750,000 in funded work.
- Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D.
- Assistant professor and director, The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Dr. Douglas-Glenn's teaching and research interest focus on public policy, program evaluation, comparative state politics, women and leadership, and the intersection of race and social policy. She has varied expertise in leadership development in public and private organizations and is active in numerous community and professional organizations.
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