Friday, July 11, 2014

Honor Society Grant Will Help UNO-CHART Risk Literacy Project

The honor society Phi Kappa Phi announced that former University of New Orleans graduate research assistant Race Hodges is the recipient of a 2014 Literacy Grant, which will allow UNO’s Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) to expand its risk literacy project.

Hodges is one of 14 nationwide recipients of the award. He graduated in May with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning.

The grant, in the amount of $2,381, will be used to support the "Preparing for Storms in Louisiana" program, a collaborative effort between UNO-CHART and local literacy organizations. As part of the program, organizers create a unique storm preparedness curriculum for adult learners.

The curriculum, written in plain language and accompanied by visual elements, allows adults with low-level English language abilities to improve language skills while simultaneously learning how to prepare for storms. The materials are provided free of charge to nonprofit organizations that teach adult basic education, adult primary education and English as a second language.

"The grant will allow us to make our Hurricane Preparedness Guide, designed for adult literacy and ESL classes, available to more people," said Monica Farris, director of UNO-CHART. "This project has been well-received throughout the metro New Orleans area and the additional copies of the guide will help us to fulfill requests we have received from multiple groups."

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant program was initiated in 2003 to provide funding to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the society’s mission “to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.

UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that collaborates with Louisiana communities, including New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.