WISR reaches out to the organizations with which our students are involved, and to other community groups who wish to partner with us in various community improvement activities. Beyond our support of our students’ efforts, we often explore and develop partnerships with community organizations and educational institutions. Many of these collaborations draw on WISR’s experience and expertise in community-based, action-oriented research. Some of the groups with whom we are currently collaborating or with whom we have collaborated in the recent past, include:
Eco-Village Farm, Richmond, CA
Bay Area Black United Fund, Oakland, CA
Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Macy, NB
Berkeley Black Repertory Theater, Berkeley, CA (http://blackrepertorygroup.com)
Ecocity Builders, Oakland, CA
Green Science Academy, Oakland, CA
Neighborhood House of North Richmond, Richmond, CA
City of Oakland, Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparent Program
Over the years, WISR has worked with community groups to support participatory action-research as a way to promote critically needed inquiry into community problems and engage the community in solutions. Here are some examples:
• A three-year project on the teaching, learning and use of action-research among community organizations in the Bay Area—funded as a nationwide demonstration project by the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education.
• Major study of the needs and problems confronting low-income elders living in downtown Los Angeles — for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.
• A project involving groups of African American elders to improve community health, contribute to community development decisions, and improve in-home care services—funded by several local corporations and the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation.
• AIDS prevention education projects with members of local African American and Latino communities—funded by several private foundations and local public agencies.
• Assistance to the Bay Area Black United Fund (BABUF) in a participatory evaluation of the first three African American Health Summits (2003, 2005, 2007), resulting in three Black Papers on the insights gained from those Health Summits. This is part of BABUF’s ongoing African American Health Initiative.
• Assistance to Neighborhood House of North Richmond in training community-based interviewers as part of their Kaiser Foundation-funded project aimed at promoting Healthy Eating and Living in Richmond.
• Collaboration with Neighborhood House of North Richmond on participatory evaluation of their Youth Violence Prevention Project and their mentoring project.