Health Disparities Research
Grants and Projects
Dr. Zell's Grants and Projects
October 2005: Morton College and GSU developed a partnership and requested Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions funding. I worked on the grant, along with other GSU staff and faculty and, in September 2006, the partners were awarded $1.2 million over the next five years to serve Latino students in the region. These services include improving the recruitment, retention and graduation of Latino students as well as increasing their transferring rates from community colleges to four-year universities. I continued involved with the grant and we are now creating assessment and evaluation protocols.
1998: Co-authored a successful grant proposal requesting funding from the Illinois Department on Aging to provide case management services to elderly residents of Chicago Central West Area.
Project Exito: Dr. Zell has been a member of the Latino Committee of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium since 2004. The Consortium has been developing Project Exito, which targets the educational needs and academic progress of Latino students in 15 higher education institutions in the South Metropolitan area. Thus far, she has been involved in the collection of qualitative as well as quantitative data regarding the recruiting, admission, and retention of Latino students in the South Suburban area, particularly at Governors State University. In March 2006 Project Exito recruited and conducted focus groups with GSU’s current and prospective students. The next phase of this project is to conduct focus groups with parents and GSU staff.