2012 Community Based Research Faculty Seminar

In 2012, the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender and Community and the Steans Center for Communiyt-Based Service Learning began co-sponsoring a series of faculty workshops focused on fostering community based participatory research at DePaul University.

The first seminar featured Dr. Beth Catlett, Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Beck Research Initiative, and Amira Proweller, Chair of the Educational Policy Studies and Research Program.

Drs. Catlett and Proweller presented “College Students’ Negotiation of Privilege in a Community-Based Violence Prevention Project,” which was published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning in the fall of 2011.

A synopsis of the article is as follows:

Recent scholarship on service-learning has departed from examination of more traditional models and out- comes to explore how service-learning shapes students’ understanding of social change. This study builds on existing research to further interrogate the ways in which service-learning relates to power and privilege, specifically exploring how college students in a service-learning experience reflect on notions of privilege and how this informs their work with urban youth. Data was collected from 15 undergraduate student par- ticipants in a violence prevention program. Findings point to the potential that lies within change models of service-learning for students to reflect on the complex relationship among service-learning, power, and priv- ilege, and to see themselves engaged in impactful, transformative, and sustainable service work. 


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