2017 – 2018 Public Scholars
Food and Identity
What is “Home”?
Mapping Immigrant Communities in Nashville
A Prehistoric Sister Cities Project
Leah Marion Roberts
Peer Sex Education for LGBTQI Youth
Embodying Math in Dance
Youth & Neighborhood
2016 – 2017 Public Scholars
Hospitality Worker Interactive Tool
Nashville is experiencing unprecedented growth in the number of low-wage tourism and entertainment workers, who are predominantly women of color. Their low wages are in decline even as they perform some the most strenuous and physically-unhealthy jobs in the city. Tristan developed a worker-owned grassroots media infrastructure designed and managed by the low-wage workers as it seeks fair labor practices, living wages, education opportunities and humane working conditions. Read more.
Ana Christina da Silva
Diverse Community Engagement through Public Schools
Complex Societies of the Chachapoyas
Creating the connected city: Engaging cultural institutions as drivers of a just Nashville
Laura Heiber Adery
Lonliness Intervention through Music
Laura conducted an 8-week choral singing intervention for loneliness and illness related symptoms in participants with schizophrenia at the Park Center for Mental Rehabilitation. Read more.
African American Representation in Engineering Faculty Positions
Stacey worked on three NSF-funded projects designed to examine and address the factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of African-Americans in engineering faculty positions. Read more.
Mindfulness at Play
Leah’s project leveraged mindfulness-based play to help build sense-of-belonging as well as interpersonal, intergroup and intercultural emotional intelligence. Read more.
US Water Management & Conservation Policy
Rachel has conducted research that examines the hydrological, political, and social dimensions of water management and conservation policy in US metropolitan areas. Read more.
Doctoral Student, Department of Environmental Engineering
Chelsea’s project includes the writing, illustration, publishing, and distribution of a place-based children’s book for the villages she works with in Southwestern Bangladesh. Read more.
Doctoral Student, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Diversity
Megan taught kindergarten and second grade at a local elementary school serving primarily immigrant and refugee families. Since her return to Vanderbilt years ago, she has worked on the DKR-12 project, “Understanding Space through Engineering Design.” Read more.