Claire Robbins, an associate professor in the School of Education, and co-principal investigator Rosemary Perez received a Spencer Foundation grant for the project titled “Examining the Role of Graduate Colleges in Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Public Universities.”

The Spencer Foundation is a national foundation focused on supporting education research, especially research dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in education. Robbins’ project is an ongoing comparative case study of graduate education at three predominantly white public universities in Michigan, a state where legislation prohibits affirmative action. The goal of the study is to examine the role of graduate colleges in fostering inclusive learning environments for students.