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Ph.D. candidate Ventura to discuss, ‘Building Familia with a Latin@ Youth Group’

October 22, 2014

Julissa Ventura, a Ph.D. candidate with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, will be presenting at the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s first "Bagels and Research: Community-based Research in Action" program of the 2014-15 academic year.

This event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in room 154 of the Red Gym.

Ventura’s talk is titled, “Building Familia with a Latin@ Youth Group: The Role of Community-Ally/Researcher.”

Ventura will discuss her master’s research project where she worked with Latin@ youth and community allies in a grassroots youth group. She will talk through her dual roles of community ally and researcher as she collected the stories of the youth who created the group.

Ventura will share her main findings about the educational challenges that this group of Latin@ youth faced and highlight how youth built a familia and a space of belonging through their own autono­mous youth group. She will also touch upon the lessons that she learned from her master’s study, which she hopes will help her move her work towards youth participatory action research. See the attached flyer for more information.

The Morgridge Center for Public Service’s Bagels and Research presentations highlight community-based research on the UW campus. Presenters include graduate students, faculty/staff and community practitioners. This series show­cases the breadth of community-based research on campus by providing in-depth examples of current research as it relates to student learning outcomes, community impacts, and theoretical exploration. If you have a community-based learning project you’d like to present to campus please let us know.