Ohio State nav bar

FREE Center announces first round of funding for Spring 2024 Research and Connection Clusters

February 9, 2024

FREE Center announces first round of funding for Spring 2024 Research and Connection Clusters

University Hall with blue skies and snow on the ground

The Ohio State Center for Feminist Research, Education and Engagement (FREE Center) is pleased to announce that it has awarded funding to 11 Research and Connection Clusters for the spring 2024 semester.  

FREE Center Research and Connection Clusters bring together scholars across campus around shared areas of interest related to feminist research, education, and engagement, broadly defined. Grants of $500 to $1,000 were awarded to clusters to help fund a variety of activities, such as books and supplies, catered meetings, workshops, and cultural and community events. 

The spring 2024 clusters, listed below, span a wide range of fields and include faculty, graduate students, and community partners.   

Spring 2024 Research and Connection Clusters: Round 1 Funding Recipients   

Latinx Visual Feminist Culture  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Fernanda Díaz-Basteris, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Center for Ethnic Studies  

Maternal Health and Sickle Cell Disease for Women and Girls with Genetic Conditions  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Shameka P. Thomas, Center for Bioethics, College of Medicine 

Reproductive Justice  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Alison Norris, Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and College of Medicine  

Brain Injury from Violence CARE Alliance  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Julianna Nemeth, College of Public Health 

trace layer play (tlp)  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Shari Savage, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy 

Progressive Research on Organizational Equity and Learning (PROPEL) 
Cluster Contact: Dr. Monica Cox, Department of Engineering Education 

Feminism in STEM  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Adrienne Hopson, The Ohio State University at Mansfield 

Queer and Trans (of Color) Research Network  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Joe Ponce, Department of English 

Moving Towards Equity and Justice: Feminist Lenses to Expand STEM Discipline-Based Education Research  
Cluster Contact: Dr. Geraldine L. Cochran, Department of Physics 

Feminist Art Research (F.A.R.)  
Cluster Contact: Natasha Woods, Department of Art 

Spoken Word Poetry   
Cluster Contact: Dr. Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno, College of Public Health and College of Social Work 

A second round of funding for Spring 2024 Research and Connection Clusters is now open. Second-round funding requests can be submitted via the Qualtrics form. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 16. The FREE Center will announce second-round funding recipients on Feb. 19. 

The FREE Center is a new hub for community-engaged feminist research and teaching that brings together individuals from across the university and the Columbus community. Supported by a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Office of Academic Affairs, the center aims to inspire, generate, and support collaborative research and community engagement projects rooted in feminist approaches and perspectives. 

The center is housed in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and is led by a faculty advisory board including Dr. Mary Thomas, Dr. Alison Norris, Dr. Lori Patton Davis, and Dr. Mytheli Sreenivas.  

Learn more at https://wgss.osu.edu/community/free-center.