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Sierra Clark
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:51 pm
FOCUS Sierra is interested in understanding how to make green spaces (e.g., parks, lakes, community gardens) more accessible to black Americans. This work involves analyzing how green spaces are constructed as white spaces and the formal and informal mechanisms that prevent or facilitate nonwhite access to these spaces. Sierra finds the racialization of green space… View Article
Laura Joaquina Morales
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:47 pm
FOCUS Laura is passionate about improving the lives of those who lack access to clean water due to affordability or physical infrastructure. Water systems in the United States are reflective of the built environment. There are more than 50,000 community water systems, and half of those serve 500 people or fewer. Fragmentation of these systems… View Article
Kobie X. Price
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:42 pm
FOCUS Kobie’s current research interests involve the study of historic and contemporary processes of urban change. His work seeks to understand how the processes of gentrification affect the implementation of mixed-income and affordable housing in these changing neighborhoods, along with the steps taken by developers to ensure that vulnerable residents are able to persist within… View Article
Christin J. Salley
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:25 pm
FOCUS Christin’s research interests include network dynamics, social media, disaster response, spatiotemporal analytics, and machine learning to assess social systems within communities before, during, or after a natural disaster. She finds that this research is critical because millions of people are continuously harmed by the effects of disasters worldwide, and there are current shortcomings that… View Article
Carol E. Ramos Gerena
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:24 pm
FOCUS As a biologist and environmental planner from Puerto Rico, Carol wants to contribute to the food sovereignty of her country. Recent unprecedented and “fast-track” land use policy deregulation in Puerto Rico will be documented and detailed in her research, centering the perspective of local food producers. With her dissertation, Carol plans to promote effective,… View Article
Sione Lynn Pili Lister
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:00 pm
FOCUS Sione (she-oh-nay) is passionate about centering the lived experiences of people of color in examining how the law is wielded as a tool of white supremacy and settler colonialism. She is currently interested in how legal language in residential lease contracts is connected to residential segregation and eviction. Segregation remains high today, and is… View Article
Shannon Whittaker
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:55 pm
FOCUS Current research perpetuates a narrow understanding of built and social environments as static hubs where “bad health” only occurs in “bad neighborhoods,” drawing attention away from external forces that shape neighborhood conditions and the well-being of residents. By examining place, race, and health through a historical lens, Shannon hopes to evaluate how structural forms… View Article
Corey Jacinto
Posted On November 25, 2020 7:51 pm
FOCUSCorey envisions himself as an economics-oriented contributor to impactful interdisciplinary research that has tangible impacts on health equity. He intends to leverage economic evaluation and modeling to inform policies that address health disparities and that broadly improve health outcomes. Economic assessment and modeling can bolster support for innovative policies and interventions, such as reparations, safe… View Article

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