The 18th International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference
July 18-20 2018
Just Research: Inclusivity and Intersectionality
JW Marriott, New Orleans, LA
"This year’s theme — Just Research: Inclusivity and Intersectionality — bridges IARSLCE’s mission “to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement” with one of the association’s key guiding principles: to advance “research that examines the utility and impact of engagement within diverse communities.”
Just Research is a double entendre relating the principles of IARSLCE that this conference is designed for presenting research with social impact.
Inclusivity relates to engaging overlooked, underrepresented, excluded, or marginalized groups and topics – be it in topic of the research, or those who are part of the research. At a time in U.S. and global history when issues of subjugation, harassment, repression, and systemic injustice are at the forefront of discussions, decisions, politics, and policy, we ask:
- How can we include rather than exclude?
- Who is privileged, and in what contexts?
- Can community-engaged practice and research enhance, increase, and advance equity on our campuses, in our communities, and in our countries?
Intersectionality addresses the connectivity of people and groups, highlighting how community-engaged research is not conducted in a vacuum but rather includes diverse stakeholders and perspectives and extends to those who do the work as well as to those who are a focus of the work.
- How can community-engaged researchers call attention to the impact of such work on communities?
- How can community-engaged researchers address and confront conditions, positions, circumstances, and contexts that maintain rather than question and disrupt inequality?
- What values and ethics are present in intersectionality?"