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Dr. Siegel-Hawley awarded $50,000 Spencer Foundation grant

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Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Ph.D.

Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, associate professor in Educational Leadership at the VCU School of Education, has been awarded a $50,000 Small Research Grant by the Spencer Foundation to explore whether, and through what processes, federal civil rights policies in education change during the Trump administration.

Working with Siegel-Hawley on the research will be Dr. Erica Frankenberg, associate professor at the Penn State College of Education; Dr. Elizabeth H. Debray, professor at the University of Georgia College of Education; and Dr. Kathryn A. McDermott, professor and department chair at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education.

“My interest in these topics grew out of my own experiences as a student and teacher in urban public schools. I currently teach courses examining race and inequality in education and educational policy, so this grant is related to what I’m teaching in my classrooms,” said Siegel-Hawley.

The Spencer Foundation’s Small Research Grants program supports educational research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In past years, they have funded projects spanning from early childhood to adult learning, as well as those that focus outside the school.

Siegel-Hawley and her team will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to begin the research.