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UNCW Students Selected for RISE Program

Thursday, June 01, 2017

UNCW students Josh Bennett, Wesley Clark and Valentina Goyeneche along with alumna Brittany Nicole Jones ’17 have been selected to participate in the inaugural Research Institute for Scholars of Equity program in summer 2017 at North Carolina Central University.

RISE is an interdisciplinary training program that focuses on inequities in education found in American schooling, especially for preK-20 African American and Latinx students. A core feature of the program is an eight-week summer research institute in which participants, referred to as fellows, will be introduced to critical race theory and mixed-methods research techniques as means of studying issues such as teacher quality, education policy, and race and social justice in education. The fellows will also participate in a year-long mentorship program to prepare them to conduct independent research.

The fellows were selected through a competitive, peer-review process.

Bennett is pursuing a degree in physical education and health with K-12 teaching licensure and Clark and Goyeneche are enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education program. Jones graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from UNCW’s College of Arts and Sciences in May. 

RISE is funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences through a $1.1 million five-year grant awarded to North Carolina Central University in 2016. UNCW and Duke University are partnering institutions. Wynetta Lee of NCCU is principal investigator and WCE assistant professor Marta Sánchez and William “Sandy” Darity of Duke University are co-principal investigators.

RISE is open to upper-level undergraduate students from the three partner universities. Students from collaborating institutions including University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina, University of New Mexico and the New School for Social Research in New York City are also eligible to apply.