In its efforts to shape the future by educating students to achieve gender equity, the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University provides funding to projects and research for faculty. We are proud that they recently awarded Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun two grants for valuable work in reproductive justice and healthcare.
Funding from a Newcomb Faculty Grant will support "Saving Lives Including Our Own: Best Practices of Healing Informed Leadership among Black Women Reproductive Justice Leaders in the South." This research project will overall be centered around the amplification and inherent value of Black women’s leadership in the South. This project will explore the best practices of healing informed leadership of Black women in reproductive justice (RJ) movements across the South. This research rests upon the gap of research and accessible outlets to share healing informed leadership best practices of Black women leaders, especially in social justice movements to include reproductive justice, human rights, Black Lives Matter, Defending Black Lives, civil rights movements, etc.
Funding from the Emily Schoenbaum Community Development Grant will support "A Study of Reproductive Healthcare Needs and Barriers of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals," which Dr. Sun will co-lead with Catherine "Cat" Patteson, a TSSW DSW candidate and community Reproductive Justice Leader. This research project will overall be centered around the generation of knowledge about the experiences, barriers, and needs related to reproductive healthcare for formerly incarcerated individuals, including all people except cisgender men. Formerly incarcerated people, their families, and advocates as well as policymakers, facility administrators, and healthcare providers can use this the information and knowledge generated by this inquiry to improve care and, thus, outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals. The study results can be used as a basis to write grants for trauma-informed programming and addressing reproductive health needs and barriers for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals.
We are grateful to Dr. Sun for developing important research with these community outreach efforts and to the Newcomb Institute for their funding commitments.