Center for Faculty Innovation

Power, Extraction, and Partnership: The Risks and Rewards of Community-Based Research (Online Roundtable)

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Many of us do community-based research projects, sometimes involving marginalized, vulnerable, or underserved populations. There are obviously many benefits to doing so, including creating space for and uplifting stories that otherwise would not be shared or validated. But, as Tuck & Yang note, in their essay “R Words: Refusing Research” (2014), sometimes such research only seems interested in stories of pain, narratives of damage or destruction, which are then captured and packaged for the gain of the researcher. What costs are there to doing research involving others? What other ways of engaging exist? How can we notice, interrogate, and level our own power in these dynamics? How can we avoid or refuse extraction and exploitation? Join us at this roundtable to explore the dynamics of power and privilege in the research process.

This roundtable is offered in conjunction with JMU’s support during the week of April 12th of Valley Open Doors, a local non-profit organization committed to providing shelter and other services to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s homeless population. To learn more about Open Doors, please visit their website: To sign up to provide meals for Open Doors this week, please visit the following sign-up form:

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Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying risks and rewards of research, especially of community members and other vulnerable populations; and 
  • Generating ideas for refusing exploitation and uneven power dynamics in research projects.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education; and
  • Advancing scholarly skills.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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