Charles R. Bantz Community Fellowship Awards

Award Year: 2019

Fellow: Elizabeth Nelson, School of Liberal Arts

Project: Indiana Women's Prison History Project

In the Indiana Women's History Project, currently and formerly incarcerated women rewrite the history of women’s prisons. A Bantz Community Fellowship allows students at IUPUI, led by Elizabeth A. Nelson, to provide essential research support to the IWP scholars.

Impact by the numbers:

  • Significant progress toward book manuscript with eight currently and formerly incarcerated contributors
  • Two formerly incarcerated students admitted to IUPUI fall 2019
  • Workshops planned include “But for the Grace of God: Women’s Prisons and Prison Education,” Indianapolis Woman’s Club (Indianapolis, October 18, 2019), and Spirit & Place event “Writes of Passage: Moving Beyond Incarceration” (Indianapolis, November 8, 2019)
  • $5,000 for Humanities Action Fellowship from Indiana Humanities

 Scholars: Kim Saxton and Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, Kelley School of Business

Project: Advancing Indy Women: A Year-Long Journey of Professional Development

IUPUI, the Kelley School and Linking Indy Women are excited to support 62 women advancing their professional careers In the Indianapolis community with Bantz Community Scholars - #AdvancingIndyWomen

Impact by the numbers:

  • Delivered first workshop as planned with excellent feedback
  • 5 additional workshops planned through May 2020
  • Workshop participants using social media to promote their learning and discoveries which generates more interest in the workshops
  • Building strong partnership with Linking Indy Women which resulted in nearly 500 responses to survey

Award Year: 2018

Community Fellows: Barbara Pierce, School of Social Work, and Wanda Thruston, School of Nursing

Project: Creation of Trauma-Responsive Services for Indianapolis Metropolitan High School: Using an Internal-Design Team Approach

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School works with IUPUI professors to implement trauma-responsive strategies in their school.

Impact by the numbers:

  • Using Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes have identified trauma needs of school community, challenges and barriers, and strategies to support community engaged participatory action trauma responsive intervention
  • $430,000 from Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Fellows program

Community Scholar: Cristina Santamaría Graff, Ph.D., School of Education

Project:  Community Engagement in Special Education Teacher Preparation Courses on Families: Working Together to Plan and Implement ‘Family as Faculty’ Workshops for Historically Minoritized Families of Children with Dis/abilities.

Family as Faculty! A project to authentically engage parents, students, and community partners in meeting common goals.

Impact by the numbers:

  • Involves over 20 student research partners and two community organizations (Down Syndrome Indiana and IN*SOURCE)
  • Multiple courses, publications and presentations and 2 prominent awards for community-engaged research
  • 2019 recipient of the Earnest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement
  • $4,000 from Sam H. Jones Scholarship Program; $5,000 from Campus Compact Indiana

Award Year: 2017

Community Fellow: Gabriel Fillippelli, School of Science

Project: Building healthy cities through community-engaged science and action: Getting the lead out.

The Healthy Cities Project empowers youth leaders in polluted communities to be citizen-scientists and advocates for environmental justice.

Impact by the numbers:

  • Production of a video featuring youth citizen scientists that teaches people how to sample their own yards for lead contamination housed on the Healthy Cities Project website http://kheprw.org/healthy-cities-project/
  • 25 seminars and workshops presented in the United States, China and Europe
  • 16 undergraduate and graduate students involved in research activities including sharing outcomes in academic  publications
  • A key proof of concept in a larger citizen-science environmental health proposal will be submitted in 2020 to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Community Scholar: Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, School of Social Work

Project: Pathways to school success: Evaluation and support program (ESP) partnership with community partner Warren Township schools

IUPUI and MSD of Warren Township develop ESP model and disrupts school-to-prison pipeline with alternatives to student expulsions and arrests.

Impact by the numbers:

  • Positive outcomes for 93 of 121 students in program
  • Expansion of this model program to two additional sites
  • Work aided in passage of SEA 1421 – positive school discipline practices
  • $150,000 from Legacy Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)

Award Year: 2016

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Community Fellows: Susan Hyatt and Paul Mullins, School of Liberal Arts

Project: Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City

Invisible Indianapolis examines the heritage and materiality of “invisible” neighborhoods in order to illuminate the histories of class, cultural, and racial inequalities that have shaped the contemporary landscape. 

Impact by the numbers:

  • Revival of public interest in which policy initiatives have shaped current landscape of the city
  • Significant volume of public scholarship on a wide range of Indianapolis neighborhoods and shared publicly on Invisible Indianapolis blog
  • Multiple presentations and programs including Spirit & Place that bring community members together
  • $27,000 from Indiana Arts and Humanities Initiative

Community Scholar: Richard Holden, School of Medicine

Project: B-PHIT Indy: A Community Partnership for Brain Health-Promoting Information Technology

School of Medicine investigator Richard Holden builds community partnerships promoting senior brain health through user-centered design

Impact by the numbers:

  • Partnership between IUPUI, Joy’s House, Eskenazi Health and Mental Health America of Indiana
  • Project continues in a new “academic home” to expand the research
  • $4 Million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; $7.8 Million from the National Institutes on Aging (NIA); $25,000 from Regenstrief Institute

“IUPUI is a model urban campus because it is not only geographically co-located with the community but actively seeks to partner with and improve it. As the premier university in the area, local organizations and the people they represent look to IUPUI for guidance in the latest science and access to bright young students. At the same time community partners want to give their expertise, remain autonomous, and make progress on their goals. Our project achieved both “give” and “take” with our partners, strengthening the bond between IUPUI and the community, while striving to improve Hoosier brain health," said Richard Holden.