Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Director, School of Social Work
Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design
- Ph.D. (Social Work and Social Psychology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986
- M.A. (Psychology), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985 M.S.W. (Social Work), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1981
- A.B. (Psychology), University of Notre Dame, 1979
Professor Larry Gant’s research focuses on program evaluation of small and moderate-size human service and social action organizations in urban communities; the creation, implementation, and evaluation of community-based health promotion initiatives in the areas of early childhood development, substance abuse prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS; the implementation and evaluation of community information technology centers; the creation, implementation, and evaluation of community-based high speed wireless access initiatives and the study of urban comprehensive community-based initiatives. His research has been based in southeastern Michigan cities and communities; the states of Illinois, California, and Ohio; and internationally in Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, and China.
Gant has a strong interest in the role of the arts in the community and in the classroom. He has created and piloted a program in Beijing that uses visual and performing arts to access HIV/AIDS education. He is working to leverage the School of Social Work’s art collection as a teaching tool, and to restructure vacated library space into a dynamic creative work environment where visual arts will play a key role.
Gant’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous national and international private foundations. He is also a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: community organization and social planning; public health social work, regional food systems, community supported agriculture, arts-based community development.