Diversity Grant, Cronley

Courtney Cronley, University of Texas, Arlington

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Summary:

This proposal seeks to support one female social-work doctoral student to work on the NITC research project titled, Evaluating Improved Transit Connections for Ladders of Opportunity, which is a collaboration between NITC partner institutions, The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Arizona. The project aims to improve transit systems’ performance measures to better reflect the transportation needs and experiences of environmental justice populations, such as individuals living in lower-income communities, the homeless, and older, lower-income adults, particularly as they relate to the issue of first and last mile accessibility. The project is highly innovative in that it represents a unique collaboration between the disciplines of social work and civil engineering; the research team will employ elements of community-based participatory research methods including creation of a community advisory board (CAB) to help refine the research questions, recruit study participants, and interpret results. The social-work student will be assist in organizing and operating the CAB meetings, as well as conducting focus groups in the field, analyzing data, and preparing reports for community partners and academic audiences. She will acquire community organizing and engagement skills, as well as methodological skills around transit issues such as qualitative data collection, analysis, and professional and academic writing. 

Impacts:

Future diversified student involvement in transportation research in the form of more theses and dissertations undertaken by students traditionally under-represented in transportation research and practice. 

More diverse representation in transportation practice as students, exposed to transportation research in their academic training, pursue careers related to transportation, including policy making, urban planning, and research. 

Greater accountability among transit systems to the needs of diverse populations, including environmental justice populations. 

Transportation equity across communities as transit systems respond to assessments and data documenting transportation gaps and lack of transportation equity. 

Project Details

Project Type:
Research
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
December 31,2018
UTC Grant Cycle:
Diversity Grant
UTC Funding:
$7,499

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