ENGAGE! Co-created Knowledge Serving the City 2020-04-21T08:55:07-04:00 Khaula Murtadha Open Journal Systems <p><em>ENGAGE!</em> is committed to advancing the field of community engaged research (CER) and community based participatory research (CBPR) in urban settings, nationally and internationally. The journal addresses current issues, and challenges, facing urban communities. The journal provides a forum for community scholars and university scholarly exchange of research findings ideas that advance knowledges that make a societal impact.</p> Welcome 2020-04-21T08:54:52-04:00 Khaula Murtadha 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Bienvenidos 2020-04-21T08:54:49-04:00 Khaula Murtadha 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Khaula Murtadha Letter from the Vice Chancellor 2020-04-21T08:54:47-04:00 Amy Conrad Warner 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Columbus Conversations and Exhibit Columbus 2020-04-21T08:54:45-04:00 George Towers Richard McCoy <p>Columbus, Indiana is known for its modern architecture and for fostering a vibrant spirit of community. This summer, Columbus Conversations, a new series of local public forums, provided an opportunity for residents to help articulate the architecture of their community’s distinctive identity. Columbus Conversations grew out of the partnership between Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) and Columbus’ nationally-renowned facility for older adults, the Mill Race Center (MRC).</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 George Towers Experiencing Our Town 2020-04-21T08:54:59-04:00 Aimee Nicole Zoeller George Towers Katherine Wills <p>The multifacted experiences of being a woman and an immigrant in Indiana was co-discovered and articulated through writing workshops supported by Indiana University Purdue University faculty and staff.&nbsp; The writing workshop participants were photographed near community landmarks.&nbsp; Their narratives, along with the photographs, were displayed in public spaces, including City Hall. &nbsp;</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Aimee Nicole Zoeller Authentic Community-University Dialogues 2020-04-21T08:54:43-04:00 Richard Bray <p>Community conversations have emerged as a vehicle to invite different voices into addressing the complexities of society and bridge the silos between public and private institutions and the communities. At IUPUI, the Listening and Learning with the Community Conversations are projected to be spaces where local Indianapolis communities and IUPUI faculty, students and staff can come together to discuss ways to strengthen collaborations in areas of common interest.</p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Richard Bray Learning from "Listening to Communities" 2020-04-21T08:54:41-04:00 Michael Valliant Megan Betz <p>Community voice has persistently, and to degrees, been present in pockets of curricular and co-curricular community engagement at Indiana University – Bloomington (IUB). The Bloomington Volunteer Network (BVN), a program of the City of Bloomington, was instrumental in creating service-learning infrastructure<br>on campus over 20 years ago and continues participation in regular meetings of campus-community stakeholders.</p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Michael Valliant Student to Student and Families Too 2020-04-21T08:54:39-04:00 Kayla Nunnally <p>Indiana University is connecting with students and families across the state to support equitable access to quality education, educational resources, and social-emotional support. In 2016, the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement was awarded a grant funded by Serve Indiana to provide free tutoring, mentoring, and college/career readiness workshops to students in grades 6-12. Services are delivered in-person, via online conferencing, and by telephone to ensure all students and their parent/caregivers have equitable access. In total, seven IU campuses (East, Southeast, Northwest, South Bend, Kokomo, Bloomington and IUPUI) serve over 2,200 students from rural, urban and suburban communities during the school year and summer.</p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Kayla Nunnally The Center for Service-Learning (CSL) at IU East 2020-04-21T08:54:37-04:00 Ann Tobin <p>The Center for Service-Learning (CSL) at IU East works with 20-80 service-learning students every semester from course-based assignments, including students from Education M300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society, as well as students in Criminal Justice, Psychology, or Spanish courses. We meet with each student to find a service-learning experience that fits with their schedule, location, and course objectives. Students’ experiences in the community often lead to new partnerships in the small towns in the wider IU East service area.</p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Ann Tobin Lifelong Learning 2020-04-21T08:54:35-04:00 Ellen Szarleta <p>The issues facing communities, particularly urban communities, often elicit demands for action and positive social change. These demands create challenges and opportunities for universitycommunity partnerships grounded in relationship-building processes. Addressing the immediate and pressing concerns of communities, while building mutually beneficial relationships requires more than modifying an existing process; it requires innovative solutions based on systems change.</p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Ellen Szarleta Indiana University’s First Community-Engaged Research Conference 2020-04-21T08:54:33-04:00 Ann Nicole Goeller <p>In November 2019, local community representatives joined in discussions about engaged research with students, staff, faculty, and administrators from IU’s Northwest, East, Bloomington, Columbus and IUPUI campuses. Attendees from other universities included Ball State and the University of Michigan<strong>.</strong></p> 2020-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 One Giant Leap for All 2020-04-21T08:54:53-04:00 Carrie Hagan Kyle Lanham <p>A criminal record is an anchor that stays with you even after you have paid your debt to society for the crime you committed. Indeed, that record can make it nearly impossible to meet your basic needs, especially housing, employment, and education. To assist in meeting these needs, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana and the Legal Expungement Advice Program (LEAP) created by the Civil Practice Clinic of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law have aligned with each other and worked together to give qualifying individuals a second chance. This article examines the intersection of these two Indianapolis-area programs providing resources for employment and expungement that help persons previously charged or convicted of crimes get back on their feet -- and stay that way.</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Carrie Hagan, Kyle Lanham Indiana University's Community Engagement Framework for a Public Health Priority 2020-04-21T08:55:01-04:00 Robin Newhouse Faith Kirham Hawkins <p>In 2017, significant increases in opioid overdoses and the crippling effect of substance use on the health of Hoosiers heighted a sense of urgency to address this major health crisis. Indiana University (IU) initiated a Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis (AGC) through a $50 million investment in intramural research and projects to address addictions in Indiana in synergy with state and health system partners. The announcement resulted in immediate response from the community via email and calls with request for engagement from the people of Indiana, groups, organizations and policy makers. &nbsp;To organize quickly, initial contacts were &nbsp;categorized into an AGC Community Engagement Framework with five potential levels of engagement - curiosity, interest, advocacy, project partners, initiative partners. To guide our team’s responsiveness, each level is mapped to specific AGC goals, mechanisms of engagement, and engagement owners. The engagement framework developed has high utility for Universities and other public institutions who seek to engage the broad community in public health responses.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Robin Newhouse Community-Engaged Research (CER) as the Avenue to Promoting Well-being and Recovery in Drug Court 2020-04-21T08:55:07-04:00 John Robert Gallagher Anne Nordberg Raychel Minasian Sydney Szymanowski Jesse Carlton Kristin Fee Jane Woodward Miller John Horsley Tara Paiano <p>Drug courts are an alternative to incarceration for individuals who have substance use disorders and have been arrested for drug-related crimes (e.g. possession of a controlled substance). The first drug court began in 1989 in Florida and it is estimated that there are over 3,000 drug courts now operating throughout the United States.&nbsp; This community-engaged research (CER) evaluated the St. Joseph County (Indiana) drug court by identifying who was most likely to graduate, who was most likely to recidivate, and whether drug court or probation was more effective at reducing criminal recidivism.&nbsp; Furthermore, although drug courts are found in many communities, research rarely describes the process used to develop and implement CER.&nbsp; Therefore, this article also highlights the collaborative process used in this drug court evaluation.&nbsp; &nbsp;The findings from this study suggest that the St. Joseph County (Indiana) drug court is an effective program at reducing criminal recidivism and a valuable resource for individuals who have substance use disorders, the community, and other stakeholders. Drug court participants were less likely to recidivate than probationers, and a lower recidivism rate clearly equates to many benefits to the community.&nbsp; The article concludes with community-based implications, such as starting recovery support groups that are welcoming to individuals who receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT), marketing drug court to racial and ethnic minorities to increase their representation in drug court, and disseminating research findings throughout the community via local news stories and public lectures.</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 John Robert Gallagher Exploring the Lives, Communities, and Social Circles of Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities through Photo Voice 2020-04-21T08:54:56-04:00 Lauren A Wendling Katie Brooks <p>The voices of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) are valuable and much needed in community-based research.&nbsp;&nbsp; In this study, Photo Voice provided a way to engage individuals with IDD in research exploring their lives, communities, and social circles through photography.&nbsp; Enabling community members to serve as co-researchers and catalysts for change in their own communities, Photo Voices is a research methodology that seeks to 1) enable people to record and reflect their community’s assets and needs, 2) promote dialogue and action about important issues raised through group discussions and photographs, and 3) reach local and/or national policymakers.&nbsp; This Indianapolis-based study involved nine co-researchers, all of whom live with an IDD, who came together to discuss their lives and communities through photography.&nbsp; The following six themes emerged from discussions about their photographs and are presented as points of discussion: 1) the significance of place, 2) the primacy of friends, 3) the importance of social activities and community participation, 4) pride in the ability to live independently, 5) the low profile of family and staff members, and 6) the absence of romantic partners.&nbsp; Discussions about the co-researchers’ photographs uncovered important themes regarding social relationships, community participation, and independence that led to action in the form of a letter writing campaign to local and national policymakers and a public art show to display and discuss their photography.&nbsp;</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Lauren A Wendling Book Review: Mitchell, C., De Lange, N., & Moletsane, R. (2017). Participatory Visual Methodologies: Social change, community and policy. 2020-04-21T08:55:03-04:00 Silvia C Garcia <p>Mitchell, De Lange and Moletsane (2017) discuss the use of participatory visual research (PVR) to give voice to those involved in research and particularly to create opportunities for social change. Social change is characterized in different ways “new conversations and dialogues, altered perspectives of participants to take action, policy debates, and actual policy development” (p.16). The book intends to shift the conversation on PVR “towards outcomes and the ever-present question “What difference does it make?” (p.3). Both the ways social change is portrayed in the book, and the positioning that researchers, research participants, the community and policy makers take as audiences reflecting on the visual productions, are crucial to understand how PVR can stimulate social transformations.</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Silvia C Garcia Speaking Up, Speaking Out 2020-04-21T08:55:04-04:00 Latosha Rowley Susan Kigamwa <p>This article provides a reflection from two urban education doctoral students regarding their learning experiences and understandings about the inquiry process of community engaged research. They shared their thinking about their understanding about connections between theory and practice in community engaged work. As doctoral students, they value the expertise and guidance of mentor researchers because this is an important resource in the development and growth of a community engaged researcher. The doctoral students shared their knowledge about the importance of community asset mapping and focusing on the strengths and values that are already present in the community. Another important aspect of community engaged research is building trust in community-university partnerships. One tool that helps establish that trust is the use of community conversations. These two doctoral students explored a series of questions as part of their ongoing journey in becoming community engaged researchers.</p> 2020-04-16T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Latosha Rowley