Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research

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UNC-CH has a strong history of community-engaged participatory research, particularly in Public Health. The Department of Anthropology is pleased to host the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research and play a role in building on this tradition. Professor Dorothy Holland will serve as the first director of the certificate program.

The certificate offers:

  • Training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with instead of on communities.
  • Exposure to participatory methods, ethical considerations, and research paradigms.
  • Faculty mentorship and guidance to help you develop your respective projects.
  • Connection to fellow graduate students, faculty and community experts.
  • Forums for discussing, sharing and refining participatory ethics and methodologies.
  • Opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.

The Certificate is available to all graduate students across the University. It requires 10 hours of course credit over the student’s career and is meant to complement the student’s degree program.

Opening reception:

  • September 4, 5:30 – 7 p.m., FedEx Global Education Center (room 4003), refreshments provided.
  • Come to learn more and meet some of the faculty, community experts and grad students involved.

Courses for 2013-2014:

  • Fall 2013 - ANTH 714: Current Issues in Participatory Research: A Workshop Course. One-hour credit, Wednesdays 5 – 6 p.m., AL 313A, Holland. This one-‐hour required course is designed to integrate new students into the intellectual discussions and the network of faculty and students on campus as well as community experts from beyond the campus.
  • Electives: visit http://participatoryresearch.web.unc.edu.
  • Spring 2014: ANTH 897-077/GEOG TBA: Decolonizing Methodologies. Three-credit hours. TBA, Dennison and Smith. This required graduate seminar will explore the fundamental connection between critical social theory and qualitative research.
  • Electives: visit http://participatoryresearch.web.unc.edu.

For more information contact Dottie Holland or Katie Akin.