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Summer 2019 Course: Conducting Research for Equity

Community Engaged Scholarship: Conducting Research for Equity
COM 495 and 499
10 credits
Summer 2019

Fulfills Communication methods requirement

Engaged scholarship is the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy that supports the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership and reciprocity. This course bridges research and practice by bringing together UW students and a community in the Rainier Valley area of South Seattle to engage various equity issues. 

The course is designed to examine the interconnectedness of power, privilege, and difference through academic-community partnerships and applied research. The class will address both the practical aspects of qualitative, community engaged research methods as well as critiques of academic research when they engage marginalized communities.  Students will leave the class with a better understanding of how knowledge production and research are part of larger institutional and cultural inequalities, and how they can combat these inequalities through alternative forms of knowledge production.

Students who are accepted into this class will earn 10 Communication credits and receive $1000 stipends towards tuition as CCDE Undergraduate Fellows. The class will meet at UW Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., and at various locations in South Seattle from 2:30 -4:50 pm also on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please complete a short application on CCDE website ( by May 15th.  Students will receive notices of acceptance by May 20th.

Instructors: Gina Aaftaab (