Community-Based Participatory Research Workshop Series (4 Sessions)


Sessions offered virtually 9:00 - 10:30 a.m on September 25th, October 2nd, 16th, and 30th.

Comprised of four parts, this Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Workshop Series is designed to provide information and training in community-based participatory  research to enhance research partnerships that address community issues. This series aims to build the capacity of researchers and community stakeholders to create and maintain long-term, collaborative community partnerships in the St. Louis region. 

Sessions 1 and 2 are required in order to attend sessions 3 and 4 which are limited to 20 faculty spots. Community partners are welcome to attend all sessions. 

Registration free; Deadline to register September 11 at:
A Zoom link to be emailed to registrants prior to each session.

Workshop sessions will be held virtually from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and cover the following topics:

Friday , September 25
Session 1: Academic Research in the Context of Race and Community in St. Louis

Participants will gain insight into the influence of racism on the performance of academic research and how this effects the work done in and for the community. 

Session objectives are to:
· Understand the feeling of being over-researched and exploited for data and academic careers.
· Learn about the creation of local institutions, institutional racism and institutional patterns of behavior.
· Explore initiatives for university-community research collaborations and successful examples.
· Learn about how the non-academic side of a university (employment, economic development, and real estate) affects the community. 

Friday, October 2
Session 2: Basics of Community-Based Participatory Research

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and develop a plan to increase engagement.

Session objectives are to:
· Define CBPR and its core tenets.
· Distinguish between the different levels of community engagement.
· Identify participant’s current level of community engagement.
· Consider potential strategies to move participant’s current level of community engagement to a higher level of engagement. 

Friday, October 16
Session 3: Trust Building 

Participants will learn research-based practices that build authentic partnerships between university and community for long-term relationships. 

Session objectives are to: 

· Identify and understand 4 types of trust.
· Understand where trust is most frequently built or lost.
· Develop action steps for how trust can be built – or rebuilt – in participant’s university/community context. 

Friday, October 30
Session 4:  Partnership Connections 

Participants will explore four guiding principles for university-community collaborations: being conscientious of the context in which a project occurs; clarifying incentives and expectations; striving to co-learn; and, continually checking-in and gaining consent.

Session objectives are to: 

· Understand power relations between community organizations, researchers, and funding agents.
· Recognize differences in incentives/expectations among academic and non-academic partners.
· Learn decision-making processes to foster project buy-in, ownership, and agency.

Contact Patricia Zahn, Director of Community Engagement & Outreach, at [email protected] with questions.

This programming is brought to you by the Office of Research, Economic and Community Development.

The series was coordinated and planned by Kiley Bednar, Interim Co-Director, Community Innovation and Action Center; Sheila Grigsby, Fellow for Community Engagement and Assistant Professor, Nursing; Karl Guenther, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Economic and Community Development; Tasnim Haq, Program  Support Coordinator, Creating Whole Communities (a partnership between UMSL and MU Extension); Claire Rippel, Engagement Specialist, MU Extension; Adriano Udani, Professor, Public Policy Administration; and Patricia Zahn, Director of Community Engagement & Outreach.

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