MASSMAIL – Announcing the Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Projects for 2024–25
February 21, 2024 1:02 PM

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024–25 Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Program. This is Illinois’ commitment to respond to critical needs facing society as we prioritize research focused on systemic bias. During this third funding year, 12 projects were funded up to $100,000. In total, $1.2 million in research funds will be distributed during this third year of funding. 

The projects supported during this third year of funding focus on research areas that span domestic, international, and transnational spaces. Of particular interest are projects that support the vision of the university’s Campus/Community Compact to Accelerate Social Justice and that partner with community organizations to solve and/or understand historical and current social injustices as they intersect with race. 

This year’s projects include systemic interventions to improve educational outcomes and increase college readiness, research that tackles the complex drivers of health disparities, the interrogation of systems of disparity, discrimination, and disenfranchisement, and transnational justice. A full list of this year’s funded projects and descriptions is available at

The work of each Call to Action research funding year is showcased at a symposium to share project results and recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of the project leaders. The research of the second funding year will be presented Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Levis Faculty Center. More information about how to register for the symposium will be available soon.

Please join me in recognizing each project leader and community partner, and their deep commitment to research that addresses the pervasive barriers to justice and equity in our community, nation, and world. I encourage you to learn more about these projects funded by the Chancellor’s Call to Action Research Program and to attend the research symposium in April.


Sean C. Garrick
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion