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Please join us for the ARC's November Feed Your Mind Session!

From Storytelling to Storydoing: Rewriting the script for equitable healthcare with visual, storied data
Presented by: Alfredo Ortiz Aragón
Date: November 14
Time: 12:30 – 1:30
Place: Zoom

Description of session: Alfredo will share how visualized, "storied" data travels differently and helps community participants move from informants to influencers. People's experience with health inequity, which is in narrative form, can be told as a story. These stories can become usable when turned into tangible and visual forms. Methodologies such as digital storytelling, photovoice, and other methods that help create visual artifacts allow stories to become useable and “take flight” in ways that can become arguments and evidence, particularly when combined with other people's stories. These arguments and evidence can then be used for advocacy and research purposes by the same people who have the experience in the first place. 

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We invite you to our next Action Research Center Feed Your Mind lunch gathering. amaha will be speaking about his amazing community organizing work in Dayton, especially about the creation of the Gem City Co-op.

Speaker: amaha sellassie
Title: Co-creating Community
Day: October 24, 2022
Time: noon-1 pm
Place: Zoom

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The UC Action Research Center presents the first Feed Your Mind Session of the 2022/23 academic year!

Title: The Cincinnati AA/Black Interpreter Collaborative: The Power of Counterspace

Presenters: Akilah Richardson, Crystal Stewart, Elizabeth Jean-Baptiste

Abstract:

We argue that the lack of racial representation in the sign language interpreting profession has proven to be detrimental to students who pursue it as a career, our Black and Brown practitioners, and the Deaf communities we serve. The national average of certified AA/Black interpreters in the U.S. sits at a staggering 3.6% of the more than 10,000 certified interpreters across the country. AA/Black community interpreters in Cincinnati, Ohio, felt called to respond to these dire statistics. As a result, the Cincinnati African American/Black Interpreter Collaborative (CAABIC) was formed.

We posit that using a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach that centers on communities who are most impacted by an issue and a belief that they are best suited to find solutions to their own problems has made all the difference in creating local impact. CAABIC serves as a space that runs counter to a predominantly white profession where its members find refuge from oppression, build resilience, and participate in acts of resistance.

We will present a historical overview of CAABIC as an exemplar of PAR and university-community partnerships, describe the frameworks that guide our work, and highlight successes, as well as the unique—and often awkward—challenges we face.

Date: September 14

Time: 12pm - 1pm EST

Place: via zoom

Please share this announcement and the attached flyer with your friends and colleagues.  

What Do I Do Now?

Active Practice in Responding to Racist Comments in Our Lives

A Four-Part Workshop Series with Itzel Hayward and Kathy Simon

In their first four-part workshop series, offered last fall, Itzel and Kathy shared skills for challenging racist words and ideas in a way that’s most likely to encourage individuals to change—or at least to have openness to looking at their beliefs and behavior.  We explored having the impulse to avoid these conversations and what it might look like if we chose to engage in them, instead.  We practiced ways of listening deeply, without implying agreement.  We explored avenues for sharing our own beliefs, based on core values and possible common ground, rather than on attacking the other’s position.  And we looked at the “mindful inner world” that is necessary to ground this practice and find our balance when we hear painful, triggering statements.

This series incorporates feedback received in the first series about considerations of power dynamics and the variety of challenging situations participants encounter.  The class will be based on situations and scenarios brought by participants and will center on role plays and active practice. Kathy and Itzel will guide participants in finding satisfying and effective ways to bring up or to respond to topics around race.

Meeting details: May 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 12pm-1:30pm via zoom

Contact us for registration or questions!

Lessons Learned: A Before and After Look at the Disillusion of a Pride Center

This workshop will share the findings of an action-research project. We explored the scope of mental health, significant risks, and protective factors among a specified group within the gender sexual minority (GSM) community identified as Caucasian gay males, between the ages of 18-69. These men were residents of a local community who were directly impacted by the dissolution of their community Pride Center.

Presented by: Dr. Rachael D. Nolan (she/her), a highly trained mixed-methodologist, population science researcher, and acclaimed public health professional. She has served as an advocate for the needs of persons affected by chronic and/or terminal illness and their families. Dr. Nolan’s research specializes in understanding the unique social determinants of well-being experienced by underserved and medically disadvantaged communities, older adults, LGBTQ* folk, and the differently-abled.

Meeting Details: 

 March 31st, 2022 at 12pm-1pm via zoom

Teaching for Equity: Enacting Agency through Collaborative Faculty Leadership

Presented by: Annie Bauer, Connie Kendall Theado, Stephen Kroeger, Miriam Raider-Roth, Mark Sulzer, and Susan Watts-Taffe

Six UC School of Education faculty will share our Critical Friends process for examining our teaching through a culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) lens. In this session, we will engage in the Critical Friends process and debrief together with participants in the session.

This workshop will take place via zoom on February 18th, from 12pm - 1pm.

Feed Your Mind Lunch Gathering

Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Porter and Dr. Aimee deNoyelles presented “Using Photovoice as a Critical Pedagogical Tool in Online Discussions.”

Meeting details:

February 26, 2020
Noon-1pm via Zoom

Feed Your Mind Lunch Gathering

Feed your Mind Lunch Gathering (cosponsored by the School of Education): Dialogue Across Differences About Race, with Kathy Simon & Itzel Hayward

As teachers and facilitators, we want to nurture dialogue across difference, promote mutual understanding, and navigate hard conversations about race that may come up.  How do we manage all of this while leading groups?
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Meeting details:
November 19
Noon – 1:30 via Zoom

Feed Your Mind

Feed your Mind Lunch Gathering: Dr. Farrah Jacquez and Dr. Anjali Dutt presented “Diversity & Democracy in Participatory Research with Refugees: A Liberation Approach to Public Psychology.”

Meeting details:

October 20, 2020
Noon-1pm via Zoom

Feed Your Mind

Feed your Mind Lunch Gathering: Dr. Dana Harley presented "Photovoice as a Tool for Informing the Development of a Culturally Sensitive Behavioral Health Measure for Vulnerable Adolescents."

Meeting details:

September 16, 2020
Noon -1pm via Zoom