Society for Social Work and Research

Sixteenth Annual Conference Research That Makes A Difference: Advancing Practice and Shaping Public Policy
11-15 January 2012 I Grand Hyatt Washington I Washington, DC

134 Special Session: Promoting Early- and Mid-Career Diverse Scholars Through Grantmaking, Mentoring, and Networking: RWJFs New Connections Program

Saturday, January 14, 2012: 2:30 PM-4:15 PM
Constitution B (Grand Hyatt Washington)
Howard Walters, MSS/MLSP, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Marah A. Curtis, PhD, Boston University, Robert Dunigan, PhD, Brandeis University, Henrika McCoy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago and Edith G. Arrington, PhD, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
New Connections is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that works with early- and mid-career scholars from groups historically underrepresented in research and evaluation. New Connections provides research funding, career development opportunities and mentoring to researchers and evaluators who are members of racial and ethnic minority or low-income communities as well as those who are first-generation college graduates. Many New Connections' grantees are actively involved in social work research. During the current panel, three New Connections' grantees will present their current research. The panel will also feature a discussion with New Connections' grantees on the pathways leading them to apply for and receive New Connections' funding. Panelists will discuss their professional trajectories since receipt of the New Connections award.
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