Issues

Issues

Issues

We define community broadly and engage in communities of many kinds. Pieces are arranged topically and the list of issue topics is continually expanding.

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Dreams Assessment Model and Dreamandments Outline how Black Students can Thrive

Posted in: Anti-Racism, Education | Tags:
Community Researchers can drive transformative research methodologies to address racial justice. The Village of Wisdom guided new Community Researchers to develop a dream plan equipping community members with a set of tools to organize, advocate, and advance equity.

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Voices of the Youth Climate Justice Movement

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How do youth view and categorize success? How do they deal with the burnout and frustration that inevitably comes when those most interested in changing the status quo have the least power to fix it? We explore questions regarding youth climate justice successes and challenges, posing them within an intersectional framework.

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Community Reclamation through Urban Gardening as a Liberatory Praxis

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Land reclamation can empower communities, reconnect people to land, and grow towards community liberation and autonomy. Communities are able to partake in revolutionary acts of autonomy and reclamation through the actions of physically reclaiming land in urban landscapes by eradicating colonizer plants with those plants that are Indigenous to their environments.

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Figure 1: considerations for pronoun circles based on student input and trans scholarship related to the practice, with quotations related to the experience described or references to further discussions of the topic.

Drawing on the Experiences of Trans Students to Inform Pronoun Disclosure in Higher Education Settings

Posted in: Blog, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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How pronouns are addressed can seriously impact a student’s well-being. I provide some considerations for how an instructor or mentor might approach pronoun disclosure with the goal of increasing comfort and decreasing coercion, based on the experiences of six trans undergraduate students who advised these recommendations through qualitative interviews and text submissions, and my own […]

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Improving Mental Health in Rural Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Coalition Building, Mental Health | Tags:
This project and study incorporate community members and students into a decision-making process to guide community-level mental health interventions for youth. The CBPR method encourages agency and decision-making power. Community involvement may lead to greater community connectedness.

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What Does Blackness Mean in Puerto Rico? Opening a Dialogue to Embrace Our Heritage

Posted in: Anti-Racism | Tags:
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Puerto Ricans can be challenged with their African ancestry. Researchers wrestled with memories of childhood, oral traditions of ancestry, historical evidence, and live observations towards Blackness on the island. Narrative evidence contributes to the challenges of unlearning anti-Blackness in the lands that have thrived because of the Transatlantic slave trade.

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An Open-Access Textbook for Students, Teachers, Community-Based Organizations, Researchers, and Others

Posted in: History of Community Psychology | Tags:
A free e-Textbook providing examples of Community Psychology practice. Case studies highlight transformational work happening in communities globally. Students say, “The book is helpful in moving theory to practice.”

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Collective Attempts to Break from White Body Supremacy

Posted in: Anti-Racism
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White bodied peoples can challenge racist status quos through culture-building and anti-racist curiosity. Relational and group work is necessary to build individual and group resiliency. Professionals attempting to do anti-racist community development must be willing to reflect on the ways in which they are responsible for anti-racist work.

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Digital storytelling process starts with telling a story, getting feedback, and then re-telling the story in a more empowered way.

Re-Writing Our Stories through Digital Storytelling

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Education | Tags:
Community digital storytelling is a form of action research that can effectively communicate different perspectives. We created a model for interventions that combine digital storytelling, narrative inquiry, and facilitated peer-to-peer work to create a space for collective empowerment.

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Bystanders Respond to Microaggressions to Develop Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces

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Repeated exposure to micro-aggressions can have a negative impact on psychological and physical health. Expanding collective organizational capacity to address bias in respectful ways (by promoting active bystanders) has been shown to have an empowering impact and to foster more equitable workplaces.

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