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Panel to address successful methods for building effective community-engaged research

Panel to address successful methods for building effective community-engaged research

APRIL 6, 2022 — The Department of Social Work in the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy will host a virtual panel discussion at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, to share best practices for building a funded, qualitative and community-engaged research agenda. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature Nalini Negi, associate professor of social work, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Deborah Parra-Medina, director of the Latino Research Institute and professor of Mexican American & Latina/o studies, University of Texas at Austin; and Amy Stone, professor of sociology and anthropology, Trinity University.

The guest speakers come from a diverse range of disciplines, but they have two important characteristics in common: they have all utilized qualitative methods in their research, and they have successfully obtained funding to support this research.

The panel will share the lessons they learned on the path to building their research agendas, to provide support to faculty and graduate students who wish to develop skills—and a research agenda—that engages the community and utilizes qualitative methodologies.

Community-engaged research is a mutually beneficial partnership between scholars and the community that results in innovative scholarship and improving community conditions. Qualitative methodologies aim to gain an in-depth understanding of specific community characteristics, individual lived experiences or actions that create a shared reality.


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The event is part of the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy’s (HCaP) signature project on community-engaged research. The discussion is representative of the college’s mission to improve the well-being of communities and affect change for complex social issues.

“The modern reality is that scholars need to build a funding agenda to obtain tenure within research intensive institutions,” said Candace Christensen, associate professor of social work at UTSA. “Qualitative and community-engaged research is time, energy, and resource intensive which amplifies the need to obtain funding to support this type of research.”

Amanda Cody



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