Students, faculty members receive 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships

The Social Justice Institute selected two undergraduate students, one graduate student and two faculty members for the 2017-2018 Social Justice Research Fellowships. These annual awards are designed to support research related to social justice in any discipline.

The students who won awards were:

  • MaryTherese Escueta, a senior studying sociology and dance, for her project titled “I Do Wanna Dance: The Lived Experience of Professional Dancers of Color;”
  • Anjana Renganathan, a senior studying biology, for her project titled “A Dynamic Analysis and History of Street Medics in the United States;” and
  • Lacey Caporale, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, received funding for her project, “An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood.”

The faculty fellowships went to:

  • Avidan Y. Cover, associate professor of law, who received funding for his proposal, “Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory;” and
  • Lee Hoffer, associate professor of anthropology, who will work with graduate student Allison Schlosser on their project, “Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland’s Opioid Crisis.”

Learn more about past fellows at

Visit the Social Justice Institute website for more information about the annual Research Fellowships