In the Participatory Community Engagement course graduate students work with New York City nonprofits to create a space for listening, dialogue and collective analysis of issues of shared concern.
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Organization Re-Connects to Tenant Membership
Students worked alongside staff to help them reconnect to their membership by facilitating community building gatherings which uncovered stories subsequently published in a tenant advocacy booklet used statewide. Pedagogy and facilitation tools were developed and are now used at staff meetings and retreats.
Red Hook Youth Inform Policy
In 2012 students engaged Red Hook youth in a participatory action research project focusing on high school dropout rates and youth's involvement in gangs. Justice Center Staff are considering results as they improve policies.
Midtown Community Court Strengthens Ability to Serve Procedural Justice Principles
In spring of 2013 students collaborated with the Midtown Community Court (MCC), a problem solving community justice nonprofit associated with the Center for Court Innovation, to complete a procedural justice study of the MCC resulting in: a public engagement with the entire staff, a written report, a graphic report of community building sessions conducted, and dialogues with staff on how to better serve important procedural justice principles.
South Bronx Residents Fight for Housing Justice
In 2008 tenants of the Manida Street Houses began a successful three-year struggle for housing justice. Students worked alongside these residents to conduct community building workshop and support the publishing of the Manida Street Scrapbook used in the housing justice movement to educate residents.
Groundswell Teaching Artists
From September 2015 to June 2016, students undertook a community engagement project with Groundswell Murals, accomplished through research, observation, and interviews with Groundswell staff and teaching artists. Based on what they learned, they created an online Knowledge Base for teaching artists to share their experiences as they work with different community partners.
Humanities Action Lab: States of Incarceration
From September 2015 to June 2016, students partnered with Humanities Action Lab (HAL) on their States of Incarceration project. Students conducted research, held community discussions, and interviewed community based organizations and HAL-participating students and faculty. They compiled their findings into a toolkit for facilitating dialogue on issues of mass incarceration.