AUSTIN, Texas — The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the 2008-09 recipients of its Community Sabbatical program, which provides flexible leave time for staff members of non-profit organizations in central Texas.
For three years, the Humanities Institute has provided community sabbatical grantees the opportunity to research an issue or develop a new program related to their organization or constituencies. In addition to awarding grantees a stipend of $5,000, the Humanities Institute also matches them with university faculty members who advise and collaborate on the proposed research project.
"The community sabbatical program opens up new ways for faculty to put their knowledge to use on behalf of central Texas non-profits, and exemplifies the university's commitment and responsibility to the surrounding community," Evan Carton, director of the Humanities Institute, said.
This year's three non-profit professional selected are:
Past sabbatical recipients include Brian Radley, director of middle school programs at Breakthrough Austin, who studied barriers undocumented immigrants face in pursuing their college goals, and Victoria Camp, director of operations for Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, whose project played a vital role in the passage of House Bill 1751, which increased funding to improve services available to victims of sexual violence.
For more information, visit the Humanities Institute Community Sabbatical program.