Wednesday Lunch Hour - Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Urban Transformation in the Beechwood Neighborhood

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

Faculty and students at the Warner School have been collaborating with members of the Beechwood Neighborhood for the past five years. We have been engaged in a long-term ethnography to uncover and inform the transformation of this urban community. Our team, RocFreedom Communiversity, works closely as co-researchers, co-authors, and co-implementers. At the Wednesday Lunch Hour, we will share presentations that we are currently preparing for two upcoming conferences. At the International Network on School, Family, Community Partnerships on the first day of AERA, the Beechwood Greenhouse Collaborative group will be presenting on “Families as agents of change: Relational spaces and practices of collective agency.” In this paper we present lessons learned about relational and activist family engagement practices across the contexts of the Parent Room at our neighborhood school and the Greenhouse Collaborative, a community hub of gardens, greenhouses and gathering spaces that is currently under construction. Across these spaces we find a shared belief in collective efficacy emerging; a belief that working together families can provide access to healthy food, employment opportunities, and sustainable change. In July, we take our work international to present at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences in Singapore. In our paper, “’Doing Double Dutch’: Becoming attuned to rhythms of pathways in and through community spaces” we focus on understanding relationships and pathways within and across hubs emerging in the neighborhood. We propose the constructs of rhythm, attunement and dexterity as conceptual tools to inform our understanding of pathways and boundaries as “hidden energies” for community development and their generative potential for learning.

Presented by RocFreedom Communiversity.

Pizza and salads from Speedy Slice will be available at 11:45 am. The program will begin promptly at noon.

Tags: Beechwood Neighborhood, Community-Based Participatory Research, Joyce Duckles, Warner Wednesday Talk