Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action Research Lab

University of Florida | Kimberly Wiley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Sciences

Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences

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The mission of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Lab is to strengthen the role of mission driven organizations in society. We apply qualitative methodologies to assess crises facing the sector and to make sense of societal perceptions of voluntary action.

Centralizing Black Students' Voices During UF's Crisis Response to COVID-19 and BLM

The Amplifying Black Students’ Voices exhibit will present images and narratives submitted by Black students depicting their experiences during COVID-19 and the BLM Movement at the University of Florida. The opening night of the exhibit will take place at the UF Harn Museum of Art: Museum Nights on Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 PM. The Amplifying Black Students’ Voices exhibit will be displayed at the museum December 7th-21st. Museum nights is an ongoing once a month event where speakers and artists help museum visitors connect with art in fun and interesting ways. Admission is free.

Opening night is hosted by the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. The research study is funded by the UF Office of Research Racial Justice Grant: Award Number AWD09458. Contact ARJProject@ifas.ufl.edu if you have any questions.

Drs. Sarah Young and Kimberly Wiley have published a call to action to the field of Public Affairs to end sexual misconduct in academia titled, "Erased" across 18 academic journal editorial spaces. Academic associations and Public Affairs programs around the globe are responding in great numbers to combat this issue.

Fall 2021 Research Lab Projects

Our team of seven graduate and undergraduate research assistants is testing innovative qualitative methods on TikTok, TV, and triangulation. We work in small teams to tackle both playful and more serious research endeavors. This year, the team is building several large qualitative datasets where we are exploring racial justice, nonprofit ecologies, and social media engagement. Meet our team, check out our Fall projects, and follow us on TikTok @UFWileyLab!

When she's not playing with fun qualitative data in the research lab, Dr. Wiley researches nonprofits in crisis and nonprofits serving people in crisis. She has particular interest in domestic violence advocacy organizations serving families and youth. Her research questions often are rooted in her experience in the field of victim advocacy in local, state, and national nonprofit organizations.