Academia has long used outside communities for research and education. However, not all of these interactions have been beneficial, and sometimes communities have been inadvertently exploited for student learning without leading to long term, equitable, or sustainable solutions. The ‘human centered design’ model would appear to make progress in putting community members at the center, but it generally attributes more power, control, and insight to visiting students than community partners. This talk will examine the possible pitfalls of design and other partnerships, with the goal of forming more just and respectful relationships, and yielding better outcomes.
Presenter:Sherryl Broverman is Associate Professor of the Practice in Biology and at the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She focuses on developing international service learning in the sciences, examining how civic, social, and international engagement impact student learning, and identifying how course design alters the demographics of student enrollment. She also founded and runs WISER, to educate and empower young women in rural Kenya to drive change in their communities.