About the Institute

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being (IJWB) advances global health, progressive education and well-being for marginalized populations by implementing cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities with communities and people across the lifespan and the globe.

Research Awards Made Through the Institute for Justice and Well-Being

Research Affiliate Awarded Grant From The National Science Foundation. Dr. Amber Simpson, Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership was awarded a $1.5 M grant to create and support makerspaces for youth, in efforts for them to work collaboratively on projects and find support in times of failure. She outlines the importance of makerspaces due to COVID-19 to enhance learning for students during remote learning, while creating new, accessible ways to learn an array of content by attending, interpreting and responding to youth's experiences. Read this article to learn more about Dr. Simpson's project and the implementation of makerspaces in the community!

Congratulations to Research Affiliate and Associate Professor of Social Work, Dr. Youjung Lee, on being one of three teams at Binghamton University awarded up to $10,000 for conducting research projects related to the Coronavirus pandemic! Dr. Lee's research pursuits look to assess the accessibility and effectiveness of telemental health services of marginalized and vulnerable children and families in New York State during the pandemic; in addition to, training social work students how to properly serve the high-needs of these populations through the use of an evidence-based intervention model. Read more about her research and the work of the other grant receipts in this article as they conduct meaningful work to protect communities from the detrimental effects of COVID-19.

The New York State Education Department awarded the Binghamton University Community Schools a five-year contract to operate the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Technical Assistance Resource Centers (TARC). With this additional funding, the Binghamton University Community Schools will work with students who attend low-performing schools to provide enriched learning programs and opportunities to improve their academic, social and emotional outcomes of students and families. Read more about this and Binghamton's 21st Century Community Learning Centers here.

The College of Community and Public Affairs awards $20,000, with a match from the Research Foundation, in seed grant funding to support the research projects of the 2020-2021 Research Excellence Award winners. Congratulations to Dr. Kim Brimhall, Dr. Loretta Mason-Williams and Dr. Jacqueline McGinley for being this year's award recipients and we're proud of the work their projects are doing to positively impact the local community! Each project has made significant progress since awarding this funding to promote academic excellence, support of the local community and represent the ideals that Binghamton University is founded upon.

Binghamton University receives $1.25 M from the New York State Education Department to continue the work of the Central/Western Community Schools Technical Assistance Center. This allows the Central/Western Community Schools Technical Assistance Center to provide critical aid to the region by servicing those who have been most impacted by COVID-19 and provide resources that will enhance learning. Along with additional funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Binghamton University Community Schools will work with 18 counties in New York State and award contracts to forward the work that local community organizations are doing to support children and families.

Binghamton University's Community Schools Awarded $150,000 in Funding! Dean Laura Bronstein and Institute Research Affiliate Luann Kida received a three-year $50,000 grant for a total of $150,000, in partnership with the University-Assisted Community Schools National Network to promote Binghamton University's Community Schools and fund the fifth UACS Regional Training Center in the nation! Funded by the Netter Center of Community Partnership, this grant aids in the development of University-Assisted Community Schools and will mobilize resources needed to serve, engage and empower their local communities. Congratulations to both of them on this achievement!

Global health

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being is committed to improving global health through research, teaching and community engagement by addressing pressing global health problems and access to health services for those around the world.

Marginalized populations

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being develops, implements and evaluates new methods and models that enhance the quality of life of people who are often marginalized, including older adults and their caregivers, and people of diverse backgrounds. This positions the institute as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and practice for the growing population of aging people, immigrants, those of racial, ethnic and gender minorities, people living in poverty and all who are disenfranchised.

Progressive education

The Institute for Justice and Well-Being supports and sustains quality of life for children, families and communities. Partnering with local school systems, community members and agencies to implement research and service-learning opportunities, the IJWB advances the knowledge base through applied research, with a particular focus on developing, advancing and evaluating community schools.

This video highlights the Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS), which is the first county-wide, university-assisted community schools model in the nation, helping regional school districts succeed by providing additional support to students and their families.