Design Science PhD Student Kaylla Cantilina Awarded Anti-Racism Summer Research Grant

Kaylla Cantilina, a PhD student in the Design Science program within Integrative Systems + Design, was named as one of the recipients of the Anti-Racism Collaborative’s Anti-Racism Summer Research Grant. 

Cantilina was selected for her project, “What Does it Mean to Design for and with Equity?: Centering the Narratives and Experiences of Women Designers of Color.”

The Anti-Racism Collaborative, which is administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), awarded summer research grants to 21 University of Michigan (U-M) graduate students. The grants, co-sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School, aim to support engagement in research projects focused on racial inequality, racial equity, and racial justice while advancing graduate student progress toward a degree.

“A key goal is to support and engage a community of next-generation scholars committed to the production and use of innovative research and scholarship in informing and advancing anti-racist action,” said Tabbye Chavous, director, NCID, U-M associate vice president for research, and professor of education and psychology. “We look forward to connecting these outstanding scholars, and sharing and disseminating their important work.”

NCID and Rackham will host opportunities for the campus and broader communities to engage with the award recipients and learn more about their research during the 2021-2022 academic year.