Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

AJCU Workshop

Thursday, March 12

Community-Based Research in Environmental Justice at Jesuit Universities:
A pre-conference workshop for Jesuit-Affiliated Colleagues 

Thursday, March 12, 2020.  IES room 123/124.

Purpose:  The goal of this Jesuit-affiliates pre-conference workshop is to share best practices and learn about how the research conducted by faculty in the Higher Education Secretariat of the Society of Jesus can be best leveraged in service of those living in poor communities.  This workshop will explore how Jesuit-affiliated researchers can partner with communities to mitigate environmental related problems such as food and water insecurity; the loss of land, habitat, and biodiversity; climate change; and pollution through Community-Based Research (CBR). 

The workshop will:

  • Share examples of Jesuit University CBR around the world, in the form of Case Studies.
  • Provide an established methodology for conducting productive and successful CBR.
  • Encourage networking and table discussions for building collaborations.
  • Inspire fruitful collaborations between Higher Ed and the Social Justice & Ecology Secretariat.

CBR Case Studies 

8:00 a.m.  Breakfast and networking

8:30 a.m.  Context of Today’s Workshop 

8:40 a.m.  Community-Based Research at Jesuit Universities worldwide. Learn how IAJU schools could shift their research toward applied CBR and more effectively accompany people at the margins, and address environmental and social justice issues. 

9:15 a.m. 
Case Study 1: India: A Social Movement Inspired by Social Centre, Ahmednagar
Presented by: Fr. Siju Varghese and Dr. Supriya D'Souza 
This case study deals with water scarcity in the Kaknewadi Village in Parner taluka, Ahmednagar district in the state of Maharashtra, India. A project intervention to solve the water scarcity problem was developed and ran for eight years, and twenty years later there is still sustainable development in Kaknewadi. 

10:15 a.m.
Case Study 2: Nicaragua: Food and Water Security in the Context of Climate Variability and Other Livelihood Hazards: Community-Based Participatory Action Research Assessment and Adaptation Planning in Nicaragua 
Presented by: Christopher Bacon, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Santa Clara University, Iris Stewart-Frey, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Santa Clara University, Raul Diaz, Director ASDENIC, Esteli, Nicaragua, Merling Presa, General Manager, PRODECOOP Cooperative, Esteli, Nicaragua

11:15 a.m. 
Case Study 3: Philippines: Promoting Culture and Integrity from the Ground: A Forest Management Approach 
Presented by: Rowena Soriaga and Pedro Walpole on behalf of Jason Menaling and Ariel Haguilay who are not able to travel
The Pulangiyen people in Sitio Bendum, a small indigenous community located along the upper Pulangi river in Northern Mindanao seek to sustain and protect their ancestral land as their pathway towards self-determination and environmental integrity. The present context for broader research is through Forest, Farm, and Leadership in the Margins school, integration of forest and water management, organic agriculture, bamboo cultivation, and youth training. 

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Sharing CBR Projects – Inspiring Each Other and Exploring Potential Collaborations

(Dr. Chris Bacon, Environmental Studies & Sciences faculty at Santa Clara University and Fr. John Braverman, S.J, Biology faculty at St. Joseph’s University, coordinators).  Voluntary participant discussions at round tables over lunch.


CBR: Methods and Discussions 

1:00 p.m. A Framework for Community-University Partnerships (Dr. Chad Raphael, Political Communications faculty at Santa Clara University and expert in CBR).  A review of the main benefits and challenges of CBR for environmental sustainability and an introduction to best practices and a research guide/manual for successful and productive CBR.

2:15 p.m.  Open discussions  CBR and its role in Jesuit institutions.

3:00 p.m.  Workshop Wrap-Up. Discussion of potential publication of an edited volume.

Optional CBR “Office Hours”

Anyone who wants feedback on a CBR idea can meet with experienced faculty