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Rising Star Grant

Recent Awardees

Rising Star Diversity Grant


Rising Star Diversity Grant Recipients

The Rising Star Diversity Grant recipients are extraordinary members of the UCCS community. These modest grants aim to empower, build momentum, and sustain motivation for awardees as they navigate their new career at UCCS. Their compelling research and creative work add new knowledge and fresh perspective in ways that engage students and move fields forward. These grants are just one mechanism for affecting access and inclusion as we vigilantly work to dismantle barriers, cultivate and ethos of care, and embrace excellence.


Awardees Joining Us Soon!

Haruki Eda

Vanessa Castaneda

Tiffany Barron

Arelene Bjugstad

Evan Taparata, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Evan Taparata is an Assistant Professor of the 20th Century History of the United States in the World. His research and teaching interests revolve around migration, belonging, law, and empire in the 19th and 20th century United States. He is a member of the Migration Scholar Collaborative and has contributed to numerous digital public history projects, including the Humanities Action Lab’s “States of Incarceration” initiative and the #ImmigrationSyllabus. His scholarship has been published in the Journal of American Ethnic History, PublicBooks.org, and he has been a regular contributor to PublicRadioInternational.org both as a freelance writer and as the Interim Social Media Editor for PRI’s daily radio broadcast “The World.”
Darius Green, PhD
Assistant Professor, Counseling & Human Services
Darius Green earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. As a counselor, he has provided services for a diverse range of clients and client concerns, but has worked most in substance use, domestic violence, and trauma-informed counseling. His research experiences have included integrating social justice and multiculturalism into counseling, undue police violence, race-based trauma, and cyber hate.