Throughout the Spring semester, SF State hosted a Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES) and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Faculty Forum Series. Facilitated by visiting Professor Nina Wallerstein, Dr.P.H. (University of New Mexico), the series addressed how to move community-engaged efforts into publication, grants, and other forms of generalizable knowledge. Dr. Wallerstein is an award-winning academic with nearly three decades of experience working closely and collaboratively with New Mexican communities and tribes. She is widely recognized as a leading scholar in community participatory research, and specializes in CBPR as applied to the Public Health field.
The objectives of the CBPR series were to: create opportunities for faculty dialogue and mutual learning; showcase existing partnerships, and; support faculty skill-building in CES/CBPR. Case study sessions highlighted community-engaged research being conducted by SF State faculty from the Departments of English, Health Education, Africana Studies, and Anthropology. The case studies alternated with focused learning sessions that addressed how to develop and refine CES/CBPR grant-writing and publications skills.
Remaining dates include a lecture from Meredith Minkler, Dr.P.H., Professor of Health and Social Behavior at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, Community Based Participatory Research: Strategies for Policy Change, to be held on Monday, May 4th from 6:30 – 7:30 in Humanities 286. A “Next Steps” and closing comments session for the series will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in HSS 306. Based on the success of the series, growing interest in CBPR among various departments and institutions, and momentum that has been building on campus this semester, additional faculty-focused lecture series may take place in the near future.
CES/CBPR series Co-Sponsors include: Cesar Chavez Institute, College of Health & Human Services, Department of Health Education, Health Equity Institute, Institute for Community & Civic Engagement, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Public Research Institute, R.I.M.I.