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In 2009, Dr. Ronald Carter and Dr. Diane Bowles sought to develop an infrastructure for applied research on Johnson C. Smith University’s campus. The campus had a long history of community involvement, but their vision was to further that effort. Smith Institute for Applied Research was funded through a Department of Education Title III grant and initiated with four Centers of Excellence. That funding provided support for faculty members interested in pursuing pilot projects within the four Centers, as well as the MACMAS Lab. Most recently two centers were successfully institutionalized leaving the Center of Excellence in Diversity and Workforce Small Business Development and the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Family Wellness.

 

Dean Helen Caldwell in front of the JCSU Davis House prior to its renovation.

Dean Helen Caldwell in front of the JCSU Davis House prior to its renovation which now houses the Foster Care Initiative at Johnson C. Smith University, a signature program of Family Wellness. Dr. Caldwell and Dr. Antonia Mead head up the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Family Wellness at Johnson C. Smith University.Photo: Jeff Cravotta

Innovo Laboratory is the signature program within the Center of Excellence in Diversity and Small Business Workforce Development

Innovo Supporter Clark Allen connects with Innovo Scholars and JCSU students along with Founder Ron Stodghill and Co-Founder Keisha Talbot Johnson. Innovo is the signature program within the Center of Excellence in Diversity and Small Business Workforce Development at Johnson C. Smith University’s Smith Institute. Photo: Jeff Cravotta

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