UC Santa Cruz  April 22-24, 2020

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There is an exciting resurgence in critical public scholarship: a push for universities to reach beyond their academic audiences and build stronger community-university partnerships to jointly tackle pressing social issues. Indeed, the complexity and scale of our social ills require not only inter-disciplinary approaches but recognizing the value of community-based knowledge and its potential contribution to developing solutions to pressing problems.

Be a part of this 3-day national conference that focuses on sharing strategies to expand and deepen collaborative approaches for the truly equitable co-production of knowledge. We will explore the dynamic links between campus-community partnerships, hands-on research, and student-community engagement. Together we can build partnerships for change.

Call for Participation

Submit your ideas for workshops, posters, presentations, papers, artwork or performances addressing how we build truly equitable partnerships for critical collaborative research, action and social justice. See here for full details and link to the application. Proposal submission deadline: January 6th, 2020.


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Program Description

Variously known as Research-Practice Partnerships, Community-based Research, Participatory Action Research, or Engaged Scholarship, the field is developing new approaches that share a commitment to creating truly equitable partnerships across all aspects of the research process.

A particularly rich vein in the emergent practice of public scholarship is the involvement of undergraduates. The conference will explore new approaches, such as UC Santa Cruz' model of Community Initiated Student Engaged Research (CISER), in which students are not simply another “public” or audience, but are involved as equal knowledge producers.  CISER magnifies the multiple assets and collective power that diverse students, committed faculty, and community-based practitioners bring to tackling critical current issues such as climate and environmental justice; immigration, racism and xenophobia; the rise of the precarious economy; gentrification and displacement; criminal justice and policing; and the school-to-prison pipeline. CISER and other emerging models not only recognize multiple publics but the importance of integrating these publics in and through research practice.

We will also discuss methods for building institutional support for collaborative research, how to strategically leverage relations with collaborative partners, and how to build cross-sector networks for practitioners, students, and early career scholars. The conference will bring together university scholars, community-based practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students, community members and organizations, foundations, organizers, artists, and activists to share stories, strategies, practices, and solutions for building innovative partnerships for critical collaborative research and social change.

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