Our collective strength is the belief in love, listening, research, critical dialogue, action, reflection, and transformative praxis. Over the past four years, over 800 pre-college students have presented research or helped lead dialogues on social justice and ethnic studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson (700 in 4 years), and at Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus (100 youth in 1 year).
Our work is to better connect young researchers and advocates to learning opportunities. As plans for upcoming U of A and ASU youth conferences on social justice & ethnic studies are underway, we will keep at the forefront the experiences of participants. Panel moderators (community leaders, scholars) at future gatherings will help center youth voice, their perspectives, concerns, and demands of enfranchised and adult populations.
These gatherings are not without tensions, as subject matter often is connected to lived experiences close to the heart. We acknowledge the sensitivity associated with youth participatory action research, and work toward providing an environment that is intellectually stimulating, scientifically-based, structured toward centering youth voice, and centered on a general understanding of structural inequity.
We're excited about the 5th Annual Youth Symposium on Social Justice & Ethnic Studies, to be held at the University of Arizona on May 4th, 2019 at the Cesar Chavez Building. Hope to announce an ASU conference soon!