BRAVE Grant Awarded
East Baton Rouge Parish has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to support the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) initiative. The School of Social Work's Office of Social Research and Development (OSSRD) worked with the Mayor and District Attorney to organize business, community, and religious leaders for data collection, grant writing, and submission. Social Work faculty will conduct process and outcome evaluations, train service providers and law enforcement personnel, and conduct qualitative interviews and related research. LSU faculty from sociology, geography and anthropology, human resource education and workforce development, and mass communication, will analyze crime data, develop maps, conduct trend analysis, and assist in community awareness. OSSRD Director Cecile Guin will lead the BRAVE research arm at LSU.