Immigrant origin students, Youth Participatory Action Research, & community knowledge
P.I: Dr. Saskias Casanova, Assistant Professor
Role: Lead Graduate Student Researcher
Minoritized students can engage in research and are the experts in identifying the topics that affect their communities. Thus, we collaborated with middle school students, primarily Latinx students, to explore how Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) fosters belonging among students and their family members. YPAR involves collaborating with youth to research issues related to their lived experiences. The knowledge constructed using research aims to help youth resist oppression by acting toward social justice. Eight middle students were involved in an after-school class focusing on research, college preparation, and community building. They developed a research project on bullying at their school due to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Our project aims to assist educators and administrators develop more inclusive learning environments and the importance of research and action for students. For more information, visit M.I.E.L.