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Thursday, March 17 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.09 Surfacing Counternarratives in Racial Justice: Examining Impact and Implications in Community-Based Research (ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIP SESSION)

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(UAA-SAGE- and URBAN-sponsored colloquy) We propose to examine participatory and community-based research addressing issues of racial (in)justice in the United States. How does such work inform critical theories on how and why racial injustice currently manifests in specific ways? What policy implications and next steps might we glean? What practices might we engage in, to better serve communities? We hope to highlight innovative methodologies and approaches, and emerging insights, in such work. How do state policies currently reify racial hierarchies, and how do those on the ground resist injustice? Panelists will address these questions in the context of research projects on racial inequalities in mass incarceration, deportation, surveillance, and public budgets, and structure remarks in ways to encourage discussion with those in the audience. Beth Baker and Alejandra Marchevsky will reflect upon their research on U.S. deportation and immigrant detention policies, focusing on a collaborative, multi-media project they are developing with immigrant working-class students and an immigrant rights organization in Los Angeles. They will examine how insights and narratives from this project talk back to federal- and state-level mass incarceration and deportation policies. Whitney Richards-Calathes will draw upon her work as a researcher working on restorative Los Angeles and New York, discuss how power inequalities often reproduce traditional definitions of “expertise” in community-based research, and reflect upon the creation of a community-based research center and federal IRB. Cory Greene will draw upon his work with the Morris Justice Project, to examine the “non-negotiables” of community-based research as a tool in social justice, including the importance of radical inclusivity. Celina Su will examine participatory budgeting in New York, to examine how community-based initiatives ironically often reify rather than lessen racial inequalities, especially on education and policing issues, and what practices might be implemented in response. Greg Squires will moderate.


Beth Baker-Cristales

California State University-Los Angeles

Andrew Greene

Healing Justice Organizer
Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated co founder and organizer with How Our Lives link Altogether! Cory is currently invested in developing and supporting the development of an inter-generational youth led city-wide Healing Justice Movement.

Alejandra Marchevsky

California State University, Los Angeles

Whitney Richards-Calathes

CUNY-Graduate Center
Whitney works with the YJC coordinating action-based research and supporting organizing work. She is a student that studies alternatives to mass incarceration at The Graduate Center in NYC. She is from the Bronx.


Gregory Squires

Professor of Sociology, George Washington University

Thursday March 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:55pm PDT
Aqua Salon E