PARCEO Institute for Community Leadership and Fieldwork (ICLF) consultations range from workshops and trainings, to participatory research and data analysis, strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. Below is an overview of the services we provide and some of our focus areas. All of PARCEO’s trainings, resources, and events grow out of our collaborative work with community groups and are rooted in Participatory Action Research (PAR) and popular education.
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PARCEO creates highly interactive workshops and trainings in which participants develop tangible tools and skills in the following areas: Facilitation, Research Methods, Documentation and Evaluation, Positionality, Creative and Cultural Practices, and Media. In addition to our pre-established trainings, we develop new trainings to meet the particular needs of a group or organization. See the side panel for additional focus areas.
Facilitation and Co-Facilitation
When addressing new and changing organizational needs and realities, as well as organizational conflicts or difficult decisions, PARCEO facilitators can help guide the process. We offer inclusive facilitation to lead a participatory process, with particular attention towards diverse community engagement and multilingual needs. We address root causes of issues, with a focus on working across difference, positionality, and equity frameworks.
We work with organizations to develop and design programs that meet the needs of the organization, institution, and participants. We provide tools and support for inclusive programing from the initial planning stages to implementation and evaluation, from study abroad programs and semester courses to fellowship programs, internships, community workshop series, and more.
PARCEO develops curricula, activities and exercises to address specific educational and organizational themes and needs. We also support groups that might already have their own curriculum, but want to make it more accessible and inclusive. We create curricula and support organizations in the development and revision of resources that value different levels of participation, knowledge, and learning styles.
In addition to positionality trainings, we provide step-by-step evaluation plans to address equity within an organization. Our resources address identity categories like race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, age, and positionality in order to better identify and address root issues/relationships within the organization or group.
PARCEO provides program assessments according to organization needs. Additionally, we support participants as they explore specific planning, documentation and evaluations plans. Participants learn how to document and evaluate work through a framework that draws from personal experience to build collective skills and create concrete sustainable work processes.
We provide tools and resources for participants to engage with diverse community groups and develop meaningful partnerships for action. We also support groups as members explore their own roles, reflecting on how they enter and become part of community spaces, and how this impacts their relationships and work.
PARCEO brings different groups, organizations, and individuals together to share skills and create community forums. We also support groups as they think about how to connect and work with others to strengthen their work.
Media and Communication
We provide tools and skills to help participants explore how their voices should and can be central to media representations of themselves, their communities, organizations, and work. We also support groups in building their media campaigns.
Speaking and Presentation
PARCEO members are available to speak about their work, community research, pedagogy, and organizing processes in addition to the many other focus areas listed on the side panel.