Vidya and SLY Receive the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund Award

Vidya and SLY Receive the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund Award

Dr. Vidya Venkataramanan, a postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Sera Young recently received a grant from the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University. The proposal was entitled, “Understanding and Quantifying Experiences of Water Insecurity Locally and Globally.” This award will enable Vidya to mentor 6-8 undergraduate and graduate students from January 2018 through June 2020 on two water insecurity projects.

For the “global” aspect, Vidya and other members of the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) consortium will collaborate with a team of 3-4 students to clean quantitative data and to qualitatively analyze open-ended questions from surveys. For the “local,” Vidya will train and work with another team of 3-4 students to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on people’s experiences with chronic urban flooding in Chatham, a community in Chicago’s South Side. These data will serve as baseline for a flood mitigation and green infrastructure intervention implemented by RainReady Chatham and Center for Neighborhood Technology, a local non-profit organization.