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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Creative Approaches to Facilitation Challenges

It is exciting and inspiring to work with organizations that share our priority of truly participatory and community-led projects. PARCEO just had the chance to do this with Portland-based Growing Gardens. We facilitated our second facilitation session as Growing Gardens develop inclusive and multilingual facilitation skills that center participant interests and voices. This is especially important now, as they plan and conduct focus groups to understand how to make the garden an entry point into the school for parents. Our facilitation training builds inclusive ...

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Positionality: Working Across Difference

We are still invigorated by our 2 public workshops in Portland at Zenger Farm on October 22nd and Pacific Northwest College of Art on October 24th. The Positionality: Working Across Difference workshop looks at how you enter a space, the position or role it holds, and how that affects others. Together, with participants from over 10 organizations across Portland, we looked at how individual experiences connect to community and how to build a strong foundation for work that values all voices, experiences and differences. The training is useful for community groups and ...

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Positionality: Working Across Difference

We are still invigorated by our 2 public workshops in Portland at Zenger Farm on October 22nd and Pacific Northwest College of Art on October 24th. The Positionality: Working Across Difference workshop looks at how you enter a space, the position or role it holds, and how that affects others. Together, with participants from over 10 organizations across Portland, we looked at how individual experiences connect to community and how to build a strong foundation for work that values all voices, experiences and differences. The training is useful for community groups and ...

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