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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.


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
Project Faculty Abstract
Lessons from the Front Lines:  Piloting an Online Platform for Strengthening Community Organization Courses in the School of Social Work Via a Michigan Organizers Video Archive Richards-Schuster, Katie (PI)
Barry Checkoway, Giovanna Gonzalez Benson, Shanna Katz Kattari, Lorainne Guiterez, Beth Reed, Larry Gant (Co-Is)
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