Associate Professor of Public Health Tamara Leech has been appointed to Class of 2022 Andrew Carnegie Scholars and will receive a $200,000 stipend to devote up to two years to research and writing in the humanities and social sciences.
Leech’s work focuses on the well-being of young people who live in marginalized and underserved urban environments. In 2019, Leech co-authored a study on common barriers to recruitment and retention faced by researchers interested in researching racial disparities: potential distrust from the black community; a stigmatized research subject; and high participation charge.
The goal of his fellowship project, “Community Conversations and Reimagining Public Safety,” is to help cities center impacted communities in their process of reimagining public safety.
“Specifically, I aim to lead community conversations in three geographically distinct jurisdictions and then produce freely accessible research toolkits for academics, municipalities, and community members trying to reimagine first response in their cities. “, says Leech. “Ensuring that communities have a meaningful voice in the reform process is essential to developing effective and equitable public safety systems.
The scholarship is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic foundation that supports scholarship and research in the social sciences and humanities and tackles important societal issues. Leech is one of 28 distinguished scholars and writers selected for this year’s class.
“I am thrilled and honored to receive an award that allows me to continue to engage with diverse groups of community members in different parts of the United States,” said Leech. “Given the current cultural climate and the drive for reform, I am delighted that this support will help me continue this work and bring it to fruition.”
“I can think of no scholar more deserving of this kind of recognition than Professor Leech,” said Katrina Bulkley, acting dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “His research into an area in need of urgent reform will continue to serve as a catalyst for positive change. Her scholarship will continue to serve the public good, making her the ideal recipient of this prestigious honour.
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