Monday, May 14, 2018

Institutional Racism

The ICBO research explores thoughts and experiences around institutional racism. Most community representatives felt that science-serving institutions were either "clueless" about how it is manifested in their institutions, or chose not to address it. Here is a quote from one of our interviewees:

"In the end, let's say you have programs for youth and all you see is white youth coming to these programs. That's institutional racism 'cause you didn't do anything intentional to support and provide the benefits for youth of color. It's not the intent; it's the impact. It's the outcome where institutional racism comes in. You can have the intent, on the front end, of "I don't want to be a racist," but you provide more benefits to white people than people of color. That's what institutional racism is. That's how it plays out within our system."

The NSF Video Showcase is live! Please share our video far and wide and encourage everyone to vote. And once again THANK YOU to the WorldBeat Center, Makeda, Berenice, and team for making it happen! 

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Meeting in San Diego

The ICBOs (Independent Community-based Organizations) presented their findings at 
the WorldBeat Center in San Diego in March.

Jose González presented ICBO research results at the meeting.

Makeda Cheatom and Berenice Rodriguez presented the Premiere of the Culture Beat's 1st Baja Bird Festival Documentary produced by WorldBeat Center.

 ICBO research materials shared at the meeting.

 Music, beat and STEM come together during the African drumming class.

Our meeting in San Diego involved all of the participants of the NSF AISL grant: Examining Contextual Factors Influencing the Implementation of Projects Designed to Improve Cultural Diversity in Informal STEM Programs.  The ICBOs presented their results to group. 

Participants gathered to say goodbye after their last meeting as a group. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Why I got here and why it matters

Thirty-year educator John Annoni, founder of Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, shares his passion for his work. John is a leading force when it comes to building bridges between outdoor culture and inner city kids from underserved communities. Through "hunting and fishing in the pursuit of Mother Nature," he brings his perspective to our Community Perspectives' research.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bobby Wilson talks about understanding the community's needs: practicality vs. academic research

This video was taken after our presentation at the Inaugural SEEDs conference. Bobby Wilson, one of the ICBO community researchers reflects on many of the presentations he saw at the conference. He expressed his frustration at what feels like a lack of common sense in Academia. Sometimes our lingo, academic language, statistics, exciting graphics, and empirical evidence just create barriers. Sometimes things can be said in a straightforward manner without using lingo. Sometimes we don't need statistics and high tech graphics to state the obvious. And, sometimes, we are so focused on getting published that we forget to keep it real. Perhaps, if we just sat together with the community and discussed solutions we might be able to accomplish more.

Bobby Wilson, Karen Purcell, José González and Marilú Lopez-
Fretts presenting at the Inagural SEEDs conference

Acknowledging History

Friday, December 22, 2017

Transmedia Storytelling by Pepe

What is the narrative nudge that changed your storyline?

Pepe Marcos-Iga, one of the ICBO researchers, shares the power of storytelling in achieving social change:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our Rules

Photo by Marilú López Fretts

After meeting in Philadelphia this November we've determined the working rules for the Community Perspectives Researchers (also known as the Independent Community Based Organizations or ICBOs).

Working Rules

The ICBOs have agreed to follow the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing:

1) Be inclusive
2) Emphasis on bottom-up organizing
3) Let people speak for themselves
4) Work together in solidarity and mutuality
5) Build just relationships among ourselves
6) Commitment to self-transformation

-We will strive for consensus and embrace solidarity and mutuality among ICBO members.
-Transparency and honesty are expected among all ICBO members and collaborators.
-All members will be kept informed at all times and will have multiple opportunities to weigh in and provide input ahead of deadlines.
-All ICBO members will be included/invited to meetings that affect our collective work.
-All ICBO members will have access to research findings in all phases of the research process.
-We focus on strengths.

Presentations and publications:
-First authorship is determined by niche/topic/area of expertise; who is taking the lead; who might benefit the most; or alphabetical order. Transparency and honesty are key.
-One ICBO representative will take on the role of coordinating any requests for presentations stemming from our Community Perspectives Research. This role will be held for 4 months and then we will rotate this responsibility. Fanny Villarreal has taken the role of the ICBO coordinator until April 2018.
Photo by Marilú López Fretts
-We have developed a short application for potential presenters (ICBO members and/others). The application can be found here:
-We will make major efforts to ensure ICBO participation/representation in Community Perspectives research presentations to guide and interpret our work and messaging in the right manner. Let the ICBOs speak for themselves.
-Every member of the ICBO research team and participating community-based organizations will have a copy of all our findings, publications, and presentations as soon as they available. Each member will have a printed version of our standard research poster of results and share as they see fit.

-The posters, presentations, and publications will always acknowledge the authors and participating community-based organizations and be clear about who has done this work.

-The ICBOs will always speak for themselves. The research should be shared broadly without requiring in-person representation from dominant-culture institutions, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Blogs and videos:   
-The ICBOs will always post from the heart.
-Blogs and videos are democratizing tools to share our community perspectives and the work we do.

Motivations and Benefit:
-We value inclusion and authenticity
- We value working through conflicts
- We value doing the work lovingly by “living the mission”
- We believe that community-based organizations and leaders benefit by valuing and communicating their worth
- We expect due credit and equitable compensation for community expertise
-We demand self-reflection, transparency, and honesty in understanding motivations of our work.
-We demand self-reflection, transparency, and honesty in understanding who will ultimately benefit from our work and from products of our work.
-We focus on social inequalities, work for social change,  and believe the primary benefactors of our efforts are the communities we represent.

-We expect mutual benefit of all partners.

Institutional Racism

The ICBO research explores thoughts and experiences around institutional racism. Most community representatives felt that science-serving in...