Published: March 27, 2017
Attendees chat at previous Engaged Scientist session

If you go
What: "Science is Culture: Understanding Power & Privilege in Community-based Research"
When: Thursday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Where: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) building
Lecture: 4 to 5 p.m. in CIRES room 338; open to the public, RSVP optional
Workshop: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in CIRES room S274; open to grad students and postdocs, RSVP required

On Thursday, April 6, the final event in the Engaged Scientist Series will feature a public lecture presented in the CIRES Auditorium followed by a workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the CIRES Fellows Room.

Whether working on research or promoting findings—especially in the fields of resiliency, environment and sustainability—scientists often work with and in diverse communities.

The workshop examines the scientific worldview lens and explores best practices for working with communities, such as developing intercultural awareness, conducting research that benefits the community and understanding the value of local communities (including disenfranchised communities) and "informal" knowledge.

Attendees of the workshop will:

  • Look at relevant, mini case-studies.
  • Look at cultural communication and behavior patterns.
  • Work through equity and justice dilemmas for community-engaged research.
  • Discuss how to initiate and strengthen community partnerships.

The public lecture and workshop will be presented by Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, program manager for Energy & Climate Justice at the CU Boulder Environmental Center, and Heidi McCann, associate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Susan Sullivan, director of CIRES Education and Outreach, will co-lead the workshop.

Advance registration is required for the grad student and postdoc workshop, so please sign up now. Registration for the public lecture is appreciated but not required.

Visit the Engaged Scientist project page for more details. The series is coordinated by CU's new Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement.