Democratizing Knowledge: Institutions, Research, and Trauma

Over the last couple of years we have started working with institutions more and more. At first this felt like a separate branch of our work, which has been grounded in our community collaborations. Increasingly, however, we see the ways that these seemingly different contexts are actually really interconnected, mutually supportive, and often overlapping in value and purpose. Last week we spent 3 days with the Democratizing Knowledge Collective at Syracuse University, an example of how those we work with are not just part of institutions, but part of community groups, ...

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Feminist Freedom Warriors

As this current moment compels us to think more deeply about the ways we want to resist and organize together, we benefit from the histories and experiences of those who've fought for justice over the years in so many different ways. Feminist Freedom Warriors is a digital video archive documenting cross-generational conversations about justice, politics and hope with feminist scholar-activists--including a member of the PARCEO team! It's a great resource during these times. WWW.FEMINISTFREEDOMWARRIORS.ORG

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Shared Definitions

What does Social Justice mean to you? If you asked this questions to a room of 20 people, you’d probably get 20 different answers. This was one of the challenges that surfaced as we  facilitated a strategic planning session for a fantastic and thoughtful organization last month. As the group worked together to create a shared vision, mission and goals, the importance of taking time to create shared definitions of terms that, on the surface, may seem self-explanatory, was clear. Often we want to skip this step in order to get to the “meatier” work of setting goals ...

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Join us Sep 21st!

Wednesday, Sep 21st, 5:30-6:30pm @Pacific Northwest College of Art Join us as we lead workshop activities from our Research Methods curriculum. We'll explore some of the different research methods used within a PAR framework. Considering our own positionalities, we will also discuss some of the ways these methods can be integrated into your own community-based work or research. More info here.

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Reflection on Community and Media Workshop Representations: Why Our Stories Matter

Hello everyone, my name is Chloe Villalobos and I am this summer’s intern for PARCEO. I learned about the center through a close friend and was immediately interested in becoming part of such a community-oriented organization. At 22, I’m a recent college graduate in international and intercultural studies, hoping to work in popular education as a teacher. I hope to learn from PARCEO’s work with communities through a PAR and popular education approach and be able to use what I learn in my communities as well. Last week PARCEO hosted a hands-on training that ...

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Global Table

When we create a meal together, we open up a sacred space to connect with others who on the surface might seem very different from ourselves.  Through breaking bread together we share our stories, our knowledge, our strengths, our struggles, and our talents. Gathering around the table we lay the foundation for a resilient community.    Food has always been a great convenor in my life-- a way to bring together people from lots of different background and hold space for conversation that uncover and share our collective knowledge and ideas for making our lives and ...

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Representations/Representaciones

Representations: Why OUR Stories Matter Workshop at Zenger Farm, Portland This week’s community workshop at Zenger Farm was so inspiring. It was one of those experiences that really embodies PAR and brings to life its strength as a framework that values the voices and stories of those most impacted by an issue. One could feel the power in the room as participants shared their stories of caring for and representing their own communities. For this particular session, we added a focus on community health, food, and well-being to our Representations: Why our Stories ...

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Democratizing Knowledge at Syracuse University

PARCEO will conduct a PAR module for Democratizing Knowledge at Syracuse University mid-June. Please apply if this is a good fit for you!

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Positionality and Equity Training

“In order to create lasting change around diversity and equity in our work we need to create space for ongoing questioning, acting, reflecting and adjusting based on the outcomes.”   This was one of the themes emphasized by participants in PARCEO Positionality and Equity Training hosted for staff, board members, and volunteer leaders at Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. The training was a continuation of work started by the group’s equity team and provided a space to bring the rest of the staff into the conversation so they all could move forward together...

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Mexico: PARCEO/PNCA Global Studios Collaboration

PARCEO is currently collaborating with PNCA for their intersession program, Global Studios: Mexico City/Oaxaca. PARCEO's Nina Mehta is coordinating visits and workshops for PNCA students with artists, curators, gallerists, writers, and designers in Mexico City, Oaxaca City, and surrounding communities. We are also bringing PAR reflection and framing to this program where local artists and craftspeople share their skills and processs with the PNCA students. PNCA Global Studios: Mexico students work across cultures and explore the interconnections and overlaps between ...

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