Thursday, August 29, 2019

Download our ICBO Community Review Board Agreement of Non-Negotiables

What is non-negotiable as we undertake community-based participatory research?

Click on the image above to download the ICBOs  Community Review Board Agreement of Non-Negotiables that guide research and evaluation in our communities. We believe these key agreements will guide equitable, inclusive research that ultimately benefits our communities. This agreement will guide our work -- much like Institutional Review Boards might do so at universities and research institutions, but from the community perspective.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


On June 4, 2019, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) had a group of esteemed visitors from Washington, DC, South Eastern Region of the United States and the Great State of Georgia. Among the visitors were: The Chief of NRCS, Mr. Matthew J. Lohr, Mr. Bill Bailey, Southeast Regional Coordinator Farm Production and Conservation from Huntsville, Alabama, Mr. Terrance Rudolph State Conservationist of NRCS Georgia, and Ms. Velma Lakins of USDA/AMS/TM/GD along with other state and local officials.

What a day for MAUF! Chief Lohr only visited the great state of Georgia for two days and during this time he visited six farms in the entire state. MAUF was chosen as the only Urban Agriculture Farm that he visited. MAUF felt a great responsibility to represent Urban Agriculture not only in Georgia but Urban Agriculture across this great nation.

During the visit, MAUF highlighted the work that they are currently doing with other organizations as well as some other points:

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Meaningful Collaborations, Partnership and the Impact and our Noise Pollution Project)
  • The Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • Naturally Grown Certified
  • Stressed the Need for Urban Agricultural in terms of 
    • Financial Support
    • Marketing Support
    • Better Training Programs for new and beginning farmers
    • Access to land
    • Produce Food Safety on the farm
    • Outlet for being able to tell our farming story
  • Shared the impact of Urban Farming in the community

Monday, May 13, 2019

Our ICBO Working Agreements

In December, during our in-person project meeting in Ithaca, NY, we updated our ICBO Working Agreements. These are based off of the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

 Here are our NOISE Project Working Agreements: ICBO Working Agreements
  • Be Inclusive 
  • Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing 
  • Let People Speak for Themselves 
  • Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality 
  • Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves 
  • Commitment to Self-Transformation 
  • Practice Deep Listening and Loving Speech 
  • Practice empathy, love, curiosity, and humility 
  • Use ICBO research to guide us in all aspects of the project, including within our group 
  • Forgive and learn from mistakes 
  • Speak up, speak down 
  • Speak your truth 
  • It’s okay to disagree 
  • Be comfortable with discomfort 
  • Help and support each other 
  • It’s okay to be raggedy 
  • Practice ally-ship (white ally/male ally) 
  • Commit to and be patient with process 
  • Be fully present & engaged

Friday, April 19, 2019

Meet Sister Sharon!

Hope you all checked out Catherine Pham's introduction. This week, meet Sister Sharon Horace!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Makeda and Bobby present at PBS Nature meeting

Makeda Cheatom and Bobby Wilson talk about the importance of equity and inclusion in the sciences at a PBS Nature meeting at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in November 2018. This video was produced by Isabella Armas León, an undergraduate Engaged Cornell student working with the ICBOs.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Participate in our Community Survey on Noise Pollution/ Participa en nuestra Encuesta de la Contaminación Acústica

Please Take our Noise Pollution Survey: Scan the QR code

Or use this link:

Tome nuestra encuesta: Escanee el código QR:

O use este enlace:

"Walking on Eggshells" visually explained

Our research shows that community-based organizations don’t feel like they can be honest with partners when they see institutional racism. They feel like they are “walking on eggshells,” because addressing inequity might harm their organization or community. 

In this video, Jose Miguel Hernandez, actor, artistic director and one of our community researchers, interprets one of the results of our research, "Walking on Eggshells" using body expressions.

Video by Marilu Lopez Fretts, edited by Guava Rhee.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Meet Catherine!

Meet Catherine Pham! She is the first Community Partner to feature in a bi-weekly series to introduce the Community Perspectives Team.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Our Workbooks for Community-based Organizations and Informal Science Institutions

The ICBOs workbooks for Community-based Organizations MEANINGFUL COLLABORATIONS and for Informal Science Educators PARTNERSHIPS FOR IMPACT are now available for download! 

  To download the CBO workbook: Meaningful Collaborations - click HERE!

  To download ISE workbook: Partnerships for Impact - click HERE!

The workbooks are a product of research conducted by the ICBOs and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology over three years, focused on how to create equitable partnerships between community-based organizations in underrepresented communities and informal science institutions.

The objective is to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The research comes from questions asked by community researchers to more than 30 other community organizations. It represents the community perspective.

Download our ICBO Community Review Board Agreement of Non-Negotiables

What is non-negotiable as we undertake community-based participatory research? Click on the image above to download the ICBOs  Co...