Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SE

RISE seeks to improve reproductive health and equity of people in the US Southeast through transdisciplinary research that informs social, systems, and policy change. Our work is inclusive of multifaceted stakeholders accountable to reproductive health, rights, and justice (RHRJ) in the US Southeast, and we train future professionals at all educational levels to go into RHRJ fields with knowledge of research and its utility in their work. We also aim to increase the praxis of research justice by conducting and building capacity for stakeholder-centered and participatory research. We believe that reproductive health in the Southeast cannot be attained without dignity, respect, compassion, and fair treatment for all people, including acknowledgement of both historical and contemporary injustices by gender, race, class, and other socially constructed categorizations.

Students at multiple educational levels (undergraduate, masters, doctorate, etc.) are engaged in RISE as attendees or participants of educational events; as recipients of thesis, dissertation or other research support; as mentees, graduate research assistants, and fellows; and as external evaluators. Students are featured prominently as leaders in RISE work, as indicated by inclusive or lead project roles, responsibilities, and authorship. Through these RISE opportunities, students develop critical skills in research methodology, leadership, communication, community engagement, and more.

The Impact of Your Gift

To date, RISE has engaged with 100+ student trainees at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), University of Georgia (UGA), Georgia State University (GSU), Emory University, and beyond. RISE students' experiences have equipped them with knowledge and skills around reproductive health, research, and equity—all within the unique sociopolitical landscape of the US Southeast—that will serve them in their future careers. RISE students have gone on to fulfill full-time positions at leading organizations in sexual and reproductive health and public health. They have completed degree programs, and earned numerous internal and external awards. RISE alumni are an integral part of the regional and national reproductive health, rights and justice ecosystem.

Your gift to RISE will allow us to expand our support of students as they engage with RISE, pursue academic degrees and learning opportunities, and create meaningful contributions to the fields of RHRJ and sexual health.

“My involvement with RISE has been the highlight of my [student] experience. I feel like I've found a community of researchers, future colleagues, and mentors.” – RISE Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Programs Challenge
Congratulations to the following funds that won the Graduate Programs Challenge. 1st place - $2000: Youth Theological Initiative , 2nd place - $1500: Master of Divinity Scholarship, 3rd place - $1000: Laney Graduate School Fund for Excellence, 4th place (tie) - $250 each: Rollins School of Public Health Scholarships -and- School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship Fund
Rank Prize Grad Programs Donors
1 $2,000 Youth Theological Initiative 21
2 $1,500 Master of Divinity Scholarship 15
3 $1,000 Laney Graduate School 8
4 $500 School of Medicine 5
5 Rollins School of Public Health Scholarships 5
Top Donors - Departments, Centers, Programs, and Networks Leaderboard
Congratulations to the following 10 funds that won the Top Donors Leaderboard among departments, centers, programs, and networks! 1st place - $1800: Black Law Student Association, 2nd place - $1600: Youth Theological Initiative, 3rd place - $1400: Emory College Scholarships, 4th place - $1200: Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services, 5th place - $1000: Emory Crew, 6th place - $800: Student Well Being Fund, 7th place - $700: Young Democrats of Emory, 8th place - $600: Christian Life, 9th place - $500: Student Well Being Fund, 10th place - $400: Oxford College Library
Rank Prize Departments, Centers, Programs, and Networks Donors
1 $1,800 Emory Black Law Student Association 77
2 $1,600 Youth Theological Initiative 68
3 $1,400 College of Arts and Sciences 55
4 $1,200 Volunteer Medical Interpretation Services 51
5 $1,000 Club Sports 49
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