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Larry M. Gant

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design

Larry M. Gant

Larry M. Gant’s current work focuses on neighborhood-level change efforts in the Detroit and surrounding metropolitan areas. The co-operative work incorporates strategies and tactics inspired by collaborations with research colleagues sharing historical, social and political lessons learned from medieval postwar and postindustrial cities including Berlin, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Krakow, and Warsaw. Particular practice interests include the continued reinvention and recreation of legacy spaces within these cities, lessons learned from the EU's experience of mass migrations between 2015 to date, community resident survival and growth in resisting and transforming structured gentrification initiatives, and implications of continuing debate regarding current and future representations of conflict memorials, and their legacies and histories for Detroit’s historical landscape.

Gant’s neighborhood-based prevention and promotion related work and research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numerous private foundations.

Research Interests/Focus

Program evaluation, social action, community-based health programs, mezzo practice and social planning; public health social work, international social work, arts-based community development, health disparities emerging from syndemic-structural interactions, e.g. HIV/AIDS, poverty, violence-related PTSD, and impoverished care access.

Education

Year Degree   School
1986 PhD Social Work and Social Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1985 MA Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1981 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1979 AB Psychology University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Year Description
2019 Gant, L. M. (2019, January). Comparing Bayesian and non-Bayesian analytic strategies for understanding intersectionality and coping in different contexts in a sample of young Middle Eastern/Muslims. Enacting Critical Intersectionality in Research: Concepts, Methods, and Implications for Practice. At the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA.
2019 Tighe, L. & Gant, L. M. (2019, January). Academic Undermatch: Investigating Substantial Undermatch in a Nationally-Representative Sample. 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA.
2019 Gant, L. M. (2019, March). In Conversation: The Evidence of Things Unseen, Sam Gilliam and Al Loving Then and Now. A. Alfred Taubman Gallery/University of Michigan Museum of Modern Art. Ann Arbor, MI.
2018 Reed, B. G., Gant, L. M., Perone, A., & Alves da Silva, O. (2018, January). Navigating intersectionalities: Implications for social justice. 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC.
2018 Gutierrez, L. & Gant, L. M. (2018, January). Social Service Review Symposium: Whither American Social Work in its Second Century? 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC.
2017 Reed, Beth Glover; Yoshihama, Mieko, Gant, Larry M., and Perone, Angela. (March 2017). “Multiple Masculinities in Different Populations: Intersectionality Frameworks, Methods, and Themes.” 25th American Men’s Studies Association, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
2017 Gant, Larry M. (May 2017). “Opioid use in Michigan: Framing of problem, cause and solutions.” Symposium on the Opiate Epidemic: Adults and Youth. Walli’s Restaurant & Banquet Center, 1341 S. Center Road, Burton Michigan.
2016 Gant, L. M. (2016, March). DSM 5 advanced: Substance abuse issues: Clinical providers engaging with the latest version of the DSM 5 and drug use scenarios. Kilgour Scottish Centre, Troy, MI.
2015 Gutierrez, L., Woodford, A., Gant, L. M., & Woodfrod, M. (2015, October). Strategies for addressing intergroup conflicts in communities: Implications for educating community organizers. 61st Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Denver, CO.
2012 Gant, L. M. (2010, March). Juxtaposing HIV/AIDS initiatives in the United States with those abroad. Health, Poverty and Inequality: Innovative Approaches to Improving Global Health. Public Health Students of African Descent: 24th Annual Minority Health Conference, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI.
2012 Gant, L. M., Shanks, T., Allen-Meares, P., Williams, G. J., & Meehan, P. (2012, October). Using interns and community partners to improve youth outcomes through a comprehensive community initiative. 57th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
2012 Gant, L. M. (2012, October). One country (or city or neighborhood or community) at at time: Theory based community development practice in reducing health disparities: Good practices learned from international work. Health Equity Scholars Program - Fall Seminar Series. University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI.
2009 Gant, L. M.(2009, July). Geographic information system (GIS) for public health. James B. Henry Center, Lansing, MI.
2009 Gant, L. M. (2009, August). Geographic information system (GIS) for public health. University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI.
2009 Gant, L. M. (2009, November). Thresholds and tipping points: Evidence based assessments and applications for community change. 55th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.
2009 Gant, L. M. (2009, November). Community participation pedagogy improves critical thinking in social justice: MSW student results. 55th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX.
2009 Gant, L. M., Shimshock, K., Allen-Meares, P., Smith, L., Miller, P., Hollingsworth, L., & Shanks, T. (2009, November). Effects of photovoice: Civic engagement among older youth in urban communities. Evaluation 2009: Context and Evaluation, Orlando, FL.
2008 Gant, Larry M.(2008, March 22, 10:00am-12:00pm) “HIV/AIDS in China and India: Epidemiological Profile, Treatment Update, and Implications for Corporate Responsibility”. Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and AIDS in China and India. Sponsored by Univeristy of Michigan Chapter, AIESEC- (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales - International Association of Students in Economics and Business Management), Youth Hope Organization, Association for Chinese Economic Development, and Students Educating and Volunteering for Health Awareness. Ann Arbor, Michigan. University of Michigan, Rachkam Amphitheater,4th Floor.
2008 Gant, Larry M.(2008, March 12, 10:00am-11:30am) “Theory and Practice of Mind-Body Connections for Self-Care, Pain Management and Clinical Applications: Single Session Program” General Auditorium, Children’s Hospital, Detroit, Michigan,
2008 Gant, Larry M., Paula Allen-Meares, Leslie Hollingsworth, Trina Shanks.(2008, November 2) “Using Theory of Change and Logic Models in Comprehensive Community Initiatives.” 54th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA; .
2008 Gant, Larry M. (2008, March 12, 2:30pm-4:30pm) “Personal Development: Theory and Practice of Mind-Body Connections for Self-Care, Pain Management and Clinical Applications” November 8, 2008, First Floor Atrium, Youthville Detroit, Detroit, Michigan,
2007 Gant, L. M. (2007, September). Life history parameters & the proliferation of HIV/AIDS: Intersections of behavioral research, evolutionary anthropology, human freedom and social justice. Presented at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Ann Arbor.
2007 Gant, L. M. (2007, March). What if we did a randomized clinical trial and nobody cared?: The JEMADARI translational research project. University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, Traverwood Research Park. Ann Arbor, MI.
2006 Boyd, C. J., Gant, L. M., Cranford, J. A., & Slayden, J. (2006, November). Court ordered substance abuse treatment predicts noncompliance with research protocols. Presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, Los Angeles, CA.
2006 Kossoudji, S., & Gant, L. M. (2006, September). A discussion: GEAR UP: Evaluation summary of years 1-4 activities: Report for Muskegon, Flint and Detroit districts. State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth: GEAR UP Michigan! Fall/Winter 2006 Program Meeting, Lansing Community College - West campus.
2006 Gant, L. M., & Woolley, M. (2006, January). Resilient Flint: An update on findings. Presented at the Flint Rotary Club Conference and Luncheon, Sarvis Conference Center, Flint, MI.
2006 Gant, L. M., Gioia, D., & Benn, R. (2006, April). Implementation and evaluation of a mind-body skills course. Presented at the First Annual Integrative Healthcare Research Symposium, Michigan Integrative Health Research Council, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Gant, L. M., & Heath, K. M. (2005, June). Low operational sex-ratios, risky sexual behavior, and the spread of HIV/AIDS among African-American women. Presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Annual Meeting 2005, Austin, TX.
2004 Gant, L. M., & Myers, G. (2004, February/March). From steeples to people: Creating faith-based grassroots wireless internet access in Detroit, Michigan. Presented at the 7th Technology Conference of the University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the 50th Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.
2004 Gant, L. M., & Myers, G. (2004, February/March). Creating community technology capacity and vision: Organizing Detroit's non-profits to leapfrog the digital divide with WiFi. Presented at the 7th Technology Conference of the University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the 50th Annual Program Meeting of the Council for Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, February/March). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for social change: MacroPractice course in community based initiatives. Presented at the 50th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, Anaheim, CA.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004). Sex dysfunction explains maintenance of risky sexual behavior among drug using men and women in clinical intervention studies: A qualitative study. Presented at the 2004 SSWR Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). Cluster analysis of sex dysfunction self-reports among drug using African-American men in clinical intervention studies: Need for additional prevention components? Presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). Toxic shock: Macro practice students negotiating dialogue between community and waste recyclers. Presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). Evaluation of the New Beginnings Program: A hand up, not a hand out. Poster presented at the 132nd Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
2004 Gant, L. M., & Heath, K. M. (2004, July). Risky sexual behavior as an adaptive response to HIV/AIDS. Presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Annual Meeting 2004, Frei Universitat Berlin, Germany.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). Social work and macro practice: case studies and implications for practice. Presented at the Department of Social Work Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). Getting a new picture of community issues and your work. Presented at the Council of Michigan Foundations 32nd Annual Conference Gathering, Grantmaking with trust and integrity, Dearborn, MI.
2004 Gant, L. M. (2004, November). GIS micro session. Presented at the Council of Michigan Foundations 32nd Annual Conference Gathering, Grantmaking with trust and integrity, Dearborn, MI.
2003 Gant, L. M. (2003, November). Community empowerment evaluations using Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Case studies. Presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Reno/Sparks, NV.
2003 Gant, L. M. (2003, September). Implementing, Sustaining and Evaluating a RCT of a community based, behaviorally specific HIV prevention program for drug dependent African-American men: The Jemadari Program. Presented at the School of Nursing, University of Texas, Austin.
2003 Gant, L. M. (2003, September). STD prevention and program evaluation: National and global examples. Presented at the Mini Summit, Genesee County Department of Community Health, Flint, MI.
2003 Gant, L. M. (2003, September). Best practices in violence prevention across the life cycle. Presented at the 4th Annual Substance Abuse Conference, Sterling Heights, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, March). Advances in social work health care. Presented at the Detroit Health Department, Detroit, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, April). Assessing diversity initiatives: A workshop. Presented at the Detroit Region, UAW Training Center, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, April). Assessing the competence of cultural competence in expert witnesses. Presented at the National Bar Association/Third Circuit Court Continuing Legal Education Program: In the best interests of the children, Omni Hotel, Detroit, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, September). A map for you: Geographical Information Systems and social work applications. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Alumni Society Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, October). Maps for change: Geographic Information Systems in social work practice. Presented at the Faculty Presentation Series, University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, October). Evaluating the impact of volunteer programs or projects. Presented at the 2000 Southeast Michigan Regional Conference on Volunteering, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, October). The community of AIDS. Presented at Women's Studies 253: Men's Health, taught by Timothy Johnson, MD.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, November). HIV/AIDS in the year 2001: Clinical aspects. Presented at David Burton's SW 707 Class.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, November). Breaking the silence…Breaking through the fear: African Americans and HIV/AIDS 2000. Presented at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, November). The right tools for nonprofits. Keynote presented at the New Detroit Grantsmanship 2000: A toolbox for constructing effective non-profits, University of Detroit March Conference Center, Detroit, MI.
2000 Gant, L. M. (2000, November). Disciplinary exploration of epidemic diseases: The case of HIV/AIDS. Presented at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1999 Gant, L. M. (1999, January). Who stands in the gap for our families health?: Thoughts on a growthpower model of health promotion and healing for African-American families. Presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration of 1999, Health Sciences Panel Discussion, Alumni Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1999 Gant, L. M. (1999, October). HIV/AIDS in the Year 2000: What we all need to know (in 15 minutes!!) Keynote address presented at the HIV/AIDS in the Year 2000 Conference, Warwick Hotel and Towers, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 Gant, L. M. (1999, October). Prevention interventions and macro level concerns: the macro aspects. Presented at the HIV/AIDS in the Year 2000 Conference, Warwick Hotel and Towers, Philadelphia, PA.
1999 Gant, L. M. (1999, November). Countering the HIV/AIDS Ma'afa: Developing an action agenda for MABSW for the 21st century. Presented at the MABSW 28th Annual Conference, Holiday Inn, North Campus, Ann Arbor, MI.
1999 Gant, L. M. (1999, November). Disciplinary exploration of epidemic diseases: HIV/AIDS. Presented at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1998 Gant, L. M. (1998, September). HIV/AIDS and substance abuse: Focus on the African-American family [Keynote session]. Presented at the Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse, Oakland County Health Division, Office of Substance Abuse, The Michigan Inn, Southfield, MI.
1998 Gant, L. M. (1998, September). Environmental scan of Detroit: Focus on child and family related trends. Presented at the Child Care Coordinating Council Board Retreat, River Place Hotel, Detroit, MI.
1998 Gant, L. M. (1998, November). Bereavement and support initiatives among African-Americans in Detroit, Michigan. Presented at the 1998 Michigan Conference on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Detroit, Michigan.
1997 Gant, L. M. (1997, April). HIV and substance abuse connections and challenges II: Exploring harm reduction strategies. Ward Conference Center, University of Detroit-Mercy.
1997 Gant, L. M. (1997, May). Formal and informal control of drugs: Using scientific evidence to reduce the social consequences. Presented at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center/National Institute of Drug Abuse (UMSARC/NIDA) sponsored Interdisciplinary Proseminar.
1997 Gant, L. M. (1997, October). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Ethics training for social workers in all practice settings. Presented at the Annual NASW meeting in Baltimore, MD.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, March). Developing the multiculturally competent agency: Lessons learned. Presented at the Annual Conference, Macomb County Inter-Agency Council.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, March). The rapids of health care change: Navigating without a compass. Presented at the Department of Social Work, University of Michigan Hospitals and Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ford Auditorium, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, April). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Mental health training and education. Presented in Livonia, MI.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, April). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Mental health training and education. Presented at the Belhust Castle Resort, Geneva, NY.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, April). NJIDEKA: An HIV intervention that (em)powers African-American women. Presented at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, August). An informal environmental scan of Detroit and Wayne County. Presented at the Early Childhood and Family Development Collaborative Advisory Board Retreat, River Place Hotel, Detroit, MI.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, October). Identifying and confronting racism in AIDS service organizations. Presented at the Annual Conference, Region 6 Community Planning Group, Kent County Mental Health Agency, Grand Rapids, MI.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, November). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Ethics training for social workers in all practice settings. Presented at the Annual NASW meeting in Cleveland, OH.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, November). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Ethics training for social workers in all practice settings. Presented at the NASW 20th Anniversary Conference, TX.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, December). HIV/AIDS spectrum: Mental health training and education. Presented at Loyola University, Chicago, IL.
1996 Gant, L. M. (1996, December). HIV and substance abuse connections and challenges: Exploring harm reduction strategies. Presented at the Ward Conference Center, University of Detroit-Mercy.
1995 Gant, L. M. (1995, October). HIV and substance abuse connections and challenges: Exploring harm reduction strategies. Presented at the Ward Conference Center, University of Detroit-Mercy.
1995 Gant, L. M. (1995, June). Community based HIV/AIDS interventions. Presented at the 1995 HIV/AIDS Postdoctoral Summer Training Program, Program for Research on Black Americans, African American Mental Health Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1995 Gant, L. M. (1995, November). Legalization and decriminalization: My drug versus your drug. Presented at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center/National Institute of Drug Abuse (UMSARC/NIDA) sponsored Interdisciplinary Proseminar.
1994 Gant, L. M. (1994, June). Future challenges in meeting our clients' basic needs: Implications for HIV/AIDS social work practice. Closing keynote presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on Social Work and AIDS (HIV/AIDS '94: The Social Work Response), New Orleans, LA.
1994 Gant, L. M. (1994, June). The urban core and suburban ring: power sharing, problem solving, service coordination and the limits of community advocacy in HIV/AIDS issues. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on Social Work and AIDS (HIV/AIDS '94: The Social Work Response), New Orleans, LA.
1992 Gant, L. M. (1992, June). Advanced program evaluation for human service organizations. Presented at the Spring/Summer Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1991 Gant, L. M. (1991, July). Evaluating mental health programs in troubled times. Presented at the Kalamazoo County Departments of Social Services, Mental Health, and Public Health, Kalamazoo, MI.
1991 Gant, L. M. (1991, June). Evaluating human service programs in troubled times. Presented at the Spring/Summer Symposium.
1991 Gant, L. M., Jayaratne, S., Nagda, B., & Brabson, H. V. (1991). Worker perceptions of effectiveness and educational adequacy as a function of worker and client ethnicity. Paper accepted 1991 Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education.
1991 Gant, L. M., & Johnson, E. H. (1991, May/June). Black males who always use condoms: Their attitudes, knowledge about AIDS, and sexual behavior. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Social Work and AIDS (AIDS '91: The Social Work Response), New Orleans, LA.
1990 Gant, L. M. (1990, June). Evaluating human service programs. Presented at the Spring/Summer Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1990 Johnson, E. H., Gant, L. M., Jackson, L., Gilbert, D., & Willis, C. (1990, July). Multiple partners, condom use, and knowledge about AIDS in black males. Presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting, National Medical Association, Las Vegas, NV.

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