Sociology Faculty, PhD student awarded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion grants

July 1, 2024 - Jalen Smith

Four MSU Sociology faculty and one Sociology PhD student were among the inaugural winners of the College of Social science Diversity Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Small Grants Program. The program is aimed at providing faculty, staff and graduate students with funding to support multi/interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that are aligned with the College Strategic Plan for DEI.    

"The Dean's small grants program is in its inaugural year and demonstrates SSC's commitment to advancing DEI initiatives and scholarship among our faculty and staff,” says Nwando Achebe, the College of Social Science Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Faculty Development and Strategic Implementation.   

The awards were reviewed via committee based on numerous factors including Quality and Technical Merit, Impact of the Work, Capabilities, Demonstrated Productivity, and Experience of Applicants and Budget. Up to five awards of $5,000 each are given in each category of consideration (Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students).   

Applicants for the award were asked to submit a proposal outlining how they would use the grant to advance DEI in the college and across the university.   

The Sociology award recipients for 2024 include:   


  • Dr. Rebecca Karam (Sociology), Dr. Najib Hourani (Anthropology) and Dr. Stephen Gasteyer (Sociology) – Counting MENA In: Middle Eastern and North African American Community Experiences at MSU.  
  • Dr. Sarah Prior (Sociology) and Dr. Jennifer Carrera (Sociology) – Humanizing Across Differences Facilitator Training.   


Graduate Students  

  • Ezgi Karaoglu (Sociology) - (In)visibility and (Non)belongingness of High-Cultural-Capital Syrians in Istanbul Neighborhoods.   


 The College of Social Science DEI Small Grants Program will award winners annually each spring. You can learn more about the DEI Smalls Grants Program here.