Understanding the Impact of Equitable Collaborations between Science Institutions and Community Based Organizations: Improving Science through Community-Led Research

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Citizen Science Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development and Workshops
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Black/African American Communities
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Indigenous and Tribal Communities
Immigrant Communities
Women and Girls
Low Socioeconomic Status
Green Jay Bird Conservancy, Camp Compass Academy, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, J.E.D.I. Heart, Campbell-Kibler Associates, WorldBeat Cultural Center, Ndor Eco Village, The Avarna Group, La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, Nosotros Radio

To advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, we must first understand and improve the dominant-culture frameworks that impede progress and, second, we must intentionally create more equitable models. The present authors call ourselves the ICBOs and Allies Workgroup (ICBOs stands for independent community-based organizations), and we represent communities historically excluded from the sciences. Together with institutional allies and advisors, we began our research because we wanted our voices to be heard, and we hoped to bring a different perspective to doing science with and not on communities. We created a community framework to guide our research and we led all aspects of our work, from creating research protocols to analyzing and interpreting the data to disseminating the results. We share our research framework, methods, and results so that science institutions can better understand how to intentionally create more equitable research partnerships with our communities.

Funding Program: 
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
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Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
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Team Members

María Cecilia Alvarez RicaldeMaría Cecilia Alvarez RicaldeAuthor
 Juan Flores Valadez Juan Flores ValadezAuthor
Catherine CrumCatherine CrumAuthor
John AnnoniJohn AnnoniAuthor
Rick BonneyAuthor
Mateo Luna CastelliMateo Luna CastelliAuthor
Marilú López FrettsMarilú López FrettsAuthor
Brigid LuceyBrigid LuceyAuthor
J. Marcelo BontaJ. Marcelo BontaAuthor
Patricia CampbellPatricia CampbellAuthor
Makeda CheatomMakeda CheatomAuthor
Berenice RodriguezBerenice RodriguezAuthor
Yao Augustine FoliYao Augustine FoliAuthor
José GonzálezJosé GonzálezAuthor
José Miguel Hernández HurtadoJosé Miguel Hernández HurtadoAuthor
Sister Sharon HoraceSister Sharon HoraceAuthor
Karen KitchenKaren KitchenAuthor
Pepe Marcos-IgaPepe Marcos-IgaContributor
Tanya SchuhTanya SchuhAuthor
Phyllis Edwards TurnerPhyllis Edwards TurnerAuthor
Bobby WilsonBobby WilsonAuthor
Fanny VillarrealFanny VillarrealAuthor

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