Community Assistance Research (CARe)

Community Assistance Research (CARE)


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CARE is a Community-Research Partnership that aims to improve the lives of low and middle income populations in the DFW area through evidence-based research. Building interdisciplinary, multi-institution, community-based collaborations is essential to this agenda. Please read our mission statement for more details.  CARE is built upon a model of mentored student involvement with collaborating faculty and staff from diverse disciplines.

Key Projects

Food Insecurity: In order to inform efforts to increase connectivity between the population and health care systems, CARE collaborators are researching the impact of insufficient food access among low-income populations.

Urban Housing Markets: Researchers are examining the relationship between housing markets neighborhood quality and household outcomes.

Neighborhood Peer Effects: CARE researchers are analyzing the effects of both peer-to-peer interactions, shared environment, and socio-demographic characteristics in order to understand how individuals in low-income areas affect each other, and to inform efforts that seek to promote welfare-enhancing behaviors.

Program Evaluation: CARE researchers are involved in a variety of program evaluation studies.



Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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Transfer Students (Re)discover Home at UD

Once friends at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, Stephanie Lobo, BA ’18, and Rebecca Luna, BA ’19, can both remember the moments they set their horizons on transferring to the University of Dallas. Though their paths diverged briefly following high school, their friendship is now reunited on our university’s Irving campus.

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