Jeff Anderson & Eric Wright
IU School of Education / IU School of Public & Environmental Affairs
They come from different disciplines, but Jeff Anderson and Eric Wright share a common passion: helping youngsters with emotional and behavioral challenges make their way through the public school system.
Anderson (IU School of Education) and Wright (IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs) have joined their skills and expertise in an ongoing research partnership that evaluates the Dawn Project, which organizes a network of social service and health-care professionals to help such children and their families.
Their collaboration has helped the Indianapolis Public Schools system make better-informed decisions in providing hope to the students who face extra obstacles in earning a high school degree.
The two faculty members bring a wealth of experience and talents to the task. Anderson is the director of IUPUI's Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, while Wright is the director of health policy for SPEA's Center for Urban Policy and the Environment.
Anderson was a 2005 recipient of a Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity, while Wright is a past recipient of Indiana University's President's Award, a Trustees' Teaching Award and the "Outstanding New Faculty Award" at IUPUI in 1999.
In keeping with IUPUI's ongoing tradition of community ties and partnerships, Anderson and Wright are core members of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research.