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ISR, partners conduct first national study of public libraries’ Black History Month programming

Researchers from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan have received a $750,000 research grant to conduct a survey of Black History Month programming in public libraries across the country.
ROAR Launches Website

ROAR Launches Website

The Recruiting and Retaining Older African Americans into Research (ROAR) project focuses on developing a sustainable national model to increase the representation of Black older adults in health research in a community-based way that elevates the voices of African American older adults at every step. You can find more information about ROAR on their newly launched website The ROAR project is funded by…