The Community Research Fellowship
Developed with community partners, this program connects Loyola students and faculty to research projects in the community. Working from a co-educator-model of community partnership, this unique program generates community-prioritized research questions and supports community partners in the development of research projects. Partners have included Taller de Jose, a community resource center in the Little Village of Chicago, as well as the Chicago Children's Museum. For more information, visit: https://www.luc.edu/lurop/communityresearchfellowship/
Pictured: Loyola Community Research Fellows Elizabeth Salgado, Iliana Barragan, and Cristina Nunez, surround Taller de Jose’s Executive Director, Anna Mayer (in yellow floral dress) at the National Museum of Mexican Art
Community Research Fellowship 2017-2018
Research Question: Why did you migrate and why did you stay in Chicago?
Four Loyola students participated in the Community Research Fellowship, a research fellowship that connects undergraduate students with community partners and faculty members to participate in research. With the community partner and faculty member serving as guides, this unique fellowship allows students to participate in community-based research with the community. Drawing from research inquiries that address the assets and pressing needs of our communities, the research questions emerge from the community. This fellowship encourages the use of creative methodological approaches that honor the knowledge and experience of community members as a source of knowledge.
Working with Taller de José, a community resource center offering services of accompaniment in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, the four Loyola students engaged with community members to explore their migration story. Taller de José was interested in collecting narratives from the community members to learn more about their experiences, specifically 1) their migration story and 2) their “stay” story (why they stayed in the Chicago community neighborhood). In collaboration with the community members, the students studied narratives, collected narratives from clients, utilizing an interview protocol, and crafted individual narratives in English and Spanish.
The collection of narratives that they worked on can be accessed here:
Pictured: Taller de Jose’s Director of Mission Advancement attended the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium to listen to the presentation of the Community Research Fellows.
Portfolios of the 2017-2018 Community Research Fellows