WKU professor receives national grant for economic mobility project


A WKU professor from the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences was recently awarded a prestigious WorkRise fellowship with the goal of spurring action to accelerate economic mobility and advance equity in the U.S. labor market, particularly for young people. workers in low-wage jobs.

Dr. Monica Galloway Burke, a professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, received a grant for a project titled “Do Language Restrictions on Driver’s Licensing Influence Immigrant Outcomes in the work market ? His teammate is Colin Cannonier, an associate professor at Belmont University.

This project was one of 13 that received funding to design and conduct new surveys or to combine a variety of existing public and private data sources to create new datasets to answer fundamental research questions about economic security and labor mobility. Each team will produce a variety of reports, data visualizations and other resources to share their findings with key stakeholder audiences, including policymakers, employers, labor advocates, practitioners, philanthropy and the wider research community.

A total of 22 projects out of the 175 submitted won a grant out of a pool of $2.4 million.

WorkRise is an action research network on jobs, workers and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute. You can read more about them and additional funded projects here.


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