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2017-2018 Awardees

Sharon Hammill
CHABSS, Psychology
“Youth Resiliency Project: Building Coping Skills for Young Caregivers and Bereaved Youth”
 This project provides the necessary support for young caregivers assisting family members. The Youth Resiliency Project consists of a 6-week workshop for students, a train the trainer program for counselors and peer counselors, a workshop for teachers, and an informational website that targets young caregivers.   Through this collaborative effort between CSUSM and RBVHS, much needed support will be delivered to young caregivers with the potential of spreading this programming to other schools in our community.
Michael Wilken
CHABSS, Anthropology
Ancient technology, living traditions: exhibit creation as a collaborative process at the Tecate Community Museum in Baja California, Mexico”
CSUSM adjunct professor of anthropology Michael Wilken will collaborate with Corredor Historico CAREM, A.C., (the non-profit civil association that manages the Tecate Community Museum in Baja California, Mexico) to create new permanent exhibits on the continuity of traditional indigenous technology from prehistoric times to the present. The academic and community project partners will also present a special public program of dissemination as part of official opening festivities to be held at the museum.
Karen Schaffman
CHABSS, School of Arts
Dance Studies and A Step Beyond, Stage 3

This Community Engagement Project builds upon the three-year partnership between CSUSM’s Dance Studies Area (soon to be a Program) and A Step Beyond (ASB). Housed at the Center for Arts Escondido, ASB “is a non-profit organization that provides economically disadvantaged youth the skills and habits to reach their fullest potential.” (From the brochure.) This segment of the project establishes a qualitative analysis model to deepen our analysis of the impact of our partnership thus far.

Nicoleta Bateman
CHABSS, Liberal Studies
“Integrating Linguistics with Project-Based Learning”

The project is a partnership with a middle school. One goal is to help middle school students recognize the role of language in their education and appreciate linguistic diversity. Another goal is for the researcher, whose CSUSM students are primarily prospective teachers, to understand what teachers need to know and be able to do when it comes to language study, and for that knowledge to be used to modify classes for prospective teachers at CSUSM.

Christina Holub
CEHHS, Public Health
“Informing Future Health Programs for Chamorros in San Diego: An Academic-Community Partnership between CSUSM and CHE’LU”

Pacific Islanders suffer health disparities, even when compared to other minority groups. This projects aims to build a new partnership with CHE’LU, an organization that serves the Chamorro community in San Diego. Using a Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach, this project centers on building a relationship with CHE’LU, working together to better understand the organization’s interests around health through interviews and surveys, and to use the findings for future health program development.

Pamela Kohlbry
CEHHS, Nursing
 “A Partnership to Develop a San Diego Nursing Informatics Conference”

 The purpose of this scholarly project is to create a mutually beneficial collaboration between the School of Nursing (SON) and the San Diego Regional Chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association to present an informatics conference for the San Diego region. SON students would have an opportunity to be interns on this project. The professional conference would benefit career and research opportunities for nurses throughout the region, members of ANIA, and nursing students and faculty.

Lucy HG Soloman
CHABSS, School of Arts

“Wild Data: The Jaguar Umbrella Project” is a continuation of a community engagement scholarship collaboration begun in 2016-2017. Our project seeks creative methods to make societies more sensitive to endangered species, and to jaguars in particular. By developing a creative method for telling the jaguar narrative, researchers with the San Diego Institute for Conservation Research in Peru and faculty member Lucy HG Solomon want to expand upon the prototype developed in year one.

Kim Pulvers
CHABSS, Psychology
“Evaluating Vista Community Clinic Project REACH, Youth Development Program for Teens, 2016-2017”
 Project REACH (Recreation, Employment Readiness, Academic Achievement, Communication Skills, Healthy Lifestyles) is a Vista Community Clinic (VCC) youth development program. Evaluation is essential for determining the program’s effectiveness and for continued program funding.  However, VCC does not have resources to evaluate the program. An engagement grant is sought for Dr. Pulvers to perform the program evaluation for the 2016-2017 year. Deliverables include an executive summary of program performance and stakeholder presentation.