Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno

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1664 N Virginia St
Sponsored Projects Ms 325
Reno, NV 89557 - 0001
(775) 682-8713
FY 2018 Community Conversations Research

Executive Summary

Title: Making the Invisible Visible with Photovoice: Addressing Slow Violence through Community-Based Participatory Research and Civic Engagement with Youth in Nevada

This proposal addresses CNCS's second funding priority, communities that have experienced a disasters, by engaging youth from low-income high schools to address slow violence in Nevada through photovoice and civic engagement. Slow violence is hidden and amorphous environmental disasters that occur over time, such as long-term exposure to toxins and climate change, scenarios that are common in Nevada. A research team consisting of 15 high school students as citizen scientists, the PI and Co-PI, and one community partner will utilize the photovoice methodology to document local slow violence, critically discuss the impacts of slow violence in the youths' communities, and engage in action through two project phases: Phase A: Community-Based Research and Phase B: Action Plan through Civic Engagement. In Phase A, in the spirit of community-based research, the youth citizen scientists will be provided training on research techniques and will develop research questions and methods collaboratively with the researchers. Under the guidance of the researchers, the youth citizen scientists will lead the data collection through documenting slow violence through the photovoice method. In Phase B, in collaboration with the researchers, the youth citizen scientists will lead critical dialogues within their communities to discuss the photographs and uncover shared meaning of the slow violence. The youth citizen scientists, PI and Co-PI, and the community partner will develop a civic engagement intervention plan to address the major findings of the study. The students will be provided training and information about civic engagement, particularly methods to influence and shape public policy, as they develop the intervention plan. The action plan will result in a legislative bill and will seek sponsorship of the bill by a local legislator.

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