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CLACS Strategic Partnership Past Fund Awards

In the past years, CLACS has founded strategic collaborative work between MSU faculty and partners in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico Mexico and Cuba.

2017-18 CLACS Strategic Partnership Funds Awards

In 2018, CLACS funded collaborative work with partners in Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico.


Promoting intersectional approaches to research, teaching, and engagement: Partnership with Universidad Centramericana (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua


Nicaragua group visit_edited jpeg.jpgCLACS, GenCen, and CASID jointly awarded Strategic Partnership Funds to Jennifer Goett (JMC) and Fredy Rodriguez (SSC) to bring a team of administrators and faculty from the Interdisciplinary Gender Program (PIEG) at the Universidad Centroamericana to MSU in September 2017. PIEG faculty and administrators are leading efforts to integrate critical analysis of intersecting power relations (e.g. gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, territoriality, class) into teaching, research, and community outreach. Collaboration between MSU and UCA aims to strengthen feminist and intercultural research capabilities among faculty and students with an emphasis on activist or participatory research.

The long-term objectives of this partnership include obtaining external funding to:

  • Develop intersectional curricula for the UCA's humanities and social science courses;
  • Promote intersectional research among UCA students and faculty;
  • Integrate intersectional approaches into community outreach programs;
  • Build and strengthen UCA's Interdisciplinary Gender Program and the Critical Perspectives on Gender and Development Masters Program;
  • Establish UCA/MSU faculty and/or student exchanges and collaborative research and programming

Transforming from Within: Re-Conociendo Endogenous Resources for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in an International Collaboration with Latin America


Higinio_edited_photo.jpgHiginio Dominguez and Sandra Crespo (College of Education) and Henry Campa (Associate Dean of The Graduate School) won CLACS Strategic Partnership funding for travel to Mexico to meet with collaborators from institutions in Mexico, Chile, and Colombia to prepare a National Science Foundation PIRE grant proposal. The university-based research partners include faculty members from the Universidad Católica Silva-Henríquez in Chile, UT Austin, and the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, in Mexico. The team members also count as collaborators the teachers and administrators with whom they have conducted research in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the U.S.

Their project focuses on efforts across the four countries to re-conocer—to know again, in a different way—(Dominguez, 2014) resources for teaching that exist within communities. The team seeks to develop, implement, and document innovative approaches to STEM teaching in the four countries that are context-specific and culturally-relevant, with the aim of promoting generative change in mathematics education.

 Sustainability Science Learning Network: Advancing graduate education and research in the US and Mexico  


Gray.jpgSteven Gray, Maria Claudia Lopez, Lissy Goralnik, Laura Schmitt-Olabisi, Jenny Hodbod, (all from CANR) and Lucero Radonic (SSC) were awarded CLACS Strategic Partnership funding for travel to Mexico to meet with partners from the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science at the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in February, 2018. During this trip, the MSU team met with faculty counterparts who represent 11 different departments at UNAM that collaborate in that institution's Graduate Program in Sustainability Science. This goal of this team is to develop a strategic partnership between MSU and the recently established Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS) at UNAM to advance graduate student and faculty research, education and outreach focused on emerging methods in sustainability science.

In the short term, the partners will plan the first annual Student Conference for Sustainability Science (SCSS) to be held at UNAM in 2018/19, which will include short courses on Methods for Sustainability taught collaboratively by MSU and UNAM faculty and a two-day symposium focused on graduate student research. In the long term, the partners will pursue external funding to support collaborative research and educational exchanges between the two institutions from NSF's Research Coordinated Network (RCN) and NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant programs.

MSU Collaboration with Festival de la Palabra in Puerto Rico


Yomaira.jpg 3.jpgCLACS and the Center for Gender in Global Context partnered with English, AAAS, Philosophy, CLS, History, and RCAH to support travel to Puerto Rico by Yomaira Figueroa (English/AAAS, College of Arts & Letters), Xhercis Mendez (Philosophy/AAAS, College of Arts & Letters), Tamara Butler (English/AAAS, College of Arts & Letters), Delia Fernandez (History/CLS, College of Social Sciences), and Estrella Torrez

(Residential College in the Arts & Humanities). This faculty group will collaborate with the non-profit organization Festival de La Palabra (FDLP, Festival of the Word) to develop a study away program for MSU students and to develop joint projects for which they will apply to NEH for support. Both of these efforts will support the radical literacy, community, and health efforts of Festival de la Palabra in the wake of Hurricane Maria and will lead to long-term research and other collaborations between MSU and FDLP.



2016-2017 Strategic Partnership Fund Awards

In 2017, CLACS funded collaborative work with partners in Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Cuba.

Sustainability Initiatives in Cuba (2016-2017) 



CLACS and CASID jointly awarded Strategic Partnership Funds to a team of 7 to launch research in Cuba. Team members include Michael Kaplowitz, Jenifer Hodbod, Matt Raven, and Michelle Rutty from Community Sustainability; Frank Lupi from Agriculture, Food, & Resource Economics; Dylan Miner from the Residential College in Arts & Humanities and American Indian and Indigenous Studies; and Laurie Thorp from the Residential Initiative for Study of Environment (RISE) and the MSU Student Organic Farm. The team traveled to Cuba to develop projects and proposals for research funding on three topics: 1. sustainable tourism/ecotourism and research capacity building; 2. sustainable community development with urban youth; and 3. increased and improved organic farming and farm-to-table operations. This initiative also received substantial funding from the CANR Dean's Office.

 Potatoes and Peru (2017)


Patates.jpgStrategic Partnership Funds underwrote an April, 2017, visit to MSU by Dr. Hugo Campos, Research Director of the International Potato Center (CIP), headquartered in Lima, Peru, and Dr. Simon Heck, CIP's Program Manager in Uganda, who leads efforts to scale up CIP's work on bioenriched sweetpotato in Africa. During their visit to MSU, the CIP team met with more than 30 MSU researchers from multiple departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In a seminar that kicked off their stay on campus, Dr. Campos, a plant breeder, and Dr. Heck, an anthropologist, emphasized the need to integrate social science approaches with advances in plant breeding in order to maximize the nutritional and health impacts of improved crop varieties. Reflecting this emphasis, they held meetings with both plant scientists and social scientists at MSU. As a Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) center with projects across Africa and Asia as well as the Americas, CIP is an important actor in networks within and across these world regions. This visit will enable researchers from CIP and MSU to leverage our combined networks to expand future collaborations in research, project implementation, and project assessment.



2015-2016 Strategic Partnership Fund Awards

In 2015, CLACS funded collaborative work with partners in Peru, Chile and Colombia

Agriculture in Peru (2015-16)


potato-sbs.jpgDr. Larry Olsen, Entomology, CANR; Monica Hufnagel, Entomology, CANR; and Fernando Mendoza, Agricultural Engineering, CANR were awarded funding for travel to Peru to meet with potential collaborators at universities in Lima, Huancayo, and Trujillo focused on agriculture.



Digital Archive Development (2015-16)


murphy-sbs.jpgDr. Ed Murphy, History, CSS, and Dr. Laura Reese, Global Urban Studies Program, SCC, were awarded funding to launch collaborative work with colleagues at the University of Santiago, Chile and the NGO Educación y Comunicaciones to develop a proposal and budget to fund development of a digital archive Lives, Activism, Archives.







Post-Conflict Studies - Colombia (2015-16)


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Dr. Elvira Sanchez-Blake, Romance and Classical Studies, CAL, and Dr. Galia Benitez, James Madison College, were awarded funding for travel to Colombia to meet with potential collaborators at universities and NGOs in Bogota, Cali, and Cartegena to pursue research collaboration and study abroad development on the theme of post-conflict studies.  




Posture Control Protocols - Peru (2015-16)

reeves-lab-sbs.jpgDr. Peter Reeves, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties and MSU Center for Osteopathic Research, COM, received funding to support travel for a researcher from the Grupo de Investigación en Robotica Aplicada y Biomecanica (GIRAB), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru to MSU for one month to learn MSUCOR's testing protocols for assessing postural control, in preparation for a multi-year collaborative research project between the two projects.  Other MSU faculty involved in this work include Dr. Jacek Cholewicki and Dr. John Popovich, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties, COM; Dr. Jongeun Choi and Dr. Clark Radcliffe, Mechanical Engineering, EGR; and Dr. Pramod Pathak, Statistics and Probability, Nat Sci.

Plant Breeding (2015-16)


Dr. James Kelly and Dr. Dave Douches of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences, CANR, were awarded funding for travel to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia for meetings focused on launching research on plant breeding with CIAT counterparts.