Grants Office Update: January 2021

Principal Investigator: Aisha White
Department: Office of Child Development
Project Title: P.R.I.D.E (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education)
Agency Name: The Pittsburgh Foundation

Award Dates: 3/1/21 – 2/28/22 
Amount: $75,000

P.R.I.D.E. (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) interrupts racism by increasing the ability of adults to support Black children’s racial identity development through learning opportunities focused on racial awareness and anti-racism.

Principal Investigator: Ming-Te Wang
Department: Health and Human Development
Project Title: The Just Discipline Project
Agency Name: Heinz Endowments

Award Dates: 12/1/20 – 11/30/22 
Amount: $45,465

The Just Discipline Project is a collaboration between the Pitt School of Social Work’s Center on Race and Social Problems, the Pitt School of Education’s Motivation Center, and the Woodland Hills School District. It is a research-to-practice initiative that seeks to a) conduct original research on phenomena related to school discipline and school climate, and b) to develop and implement evidenced-based interventions with the potential for school discipline transformation. Led by Drs. Ming-Te Wang and James Huguley, the project has been supported by three consecutive grants from The Heinz Endowments totaling around 1 million dollars. The project builds on extant research on racialized experiences in school contexts and leverages that scholarship to implement a contextually tailored school discipline and climate program that incorporates the most promising and equity-oriented approaches from around the country.