Nashville hasn’t forgotten its role in integrating the segregated South and carrying the fight for civil rights forward for more than 60 years. One day after President Glenda Glover invoked Dr. Martin Luther King in a message for love and unity to the Tennessee State University community, TSU announced that it has exceeded its research awards’ goal with more than $54 million from funding agencies.
“Many of our former students helped integrate Nashville’s lunch counters, a historic moment in the city’s history,” President Glover wrote. “Today, our students, from around the country and here in Nashville, are leaders in their communities fighting for change. We must seize this opportunity to continue the dialogue to demand fair and equitable treatment for all Americans, for all Nashvillians,” TSU President Glover said on Facebook.
With a month still to go in the fiscal year, TSU is on pace to go beyond the most the university has received, which was $54.5 million in 2016.
“This is a true testament to the hard work and tenacity of our faculty and staff, particularly as we navigate the financially rough waters caused by COVID-19,” President Glover said in the statement. “A crucial cornerstone of an institution’s success is measured through its research.”
Dr. Frances Williams, associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at TSU, agrees. Faculty members say the awards not only further place TSU – a Carnegie R2 designee – in the national spotlight but help to create a pipeline of outstanding workers for a competitive workforce.
“TSU faculty and staff have continued to participate in scholarly activities and find success even during the pandemic as they have continued to submit proposals and receive new grant awards,” says Williams. “These grant awards provide substantial resources to the university to support the performance of cutting-edge research, student scholarships, student and faculty development and training, capacity and infrastructure development, as well as outreach to the community.”
Some of the top awards are: