OSUN and the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities (TN) have awarded 24 grants to faculty and graduate students in 14 countries to support their engaged scholarship. These faculty and graduate students are working to develop long-term, sustainable community partnerships as a central part of their research, with a goal to develop shared knowledge about issues that align with OSUN and TN priorities. Engaged scholarship facilitates the development of civic capacities – such as courage, humility, and empathy – in university students, staff, faculty, and community partners.
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This project explores how the informal waste sector (IWS) can improve the environment and livelihood of urban citizens in Accra, Ghana. The study advocates for a transdisciplinary approach, engaging stakeholders to scale up IWS for improved solid waste management in Accra's low-income communities.
Urban mining is the recovery of precious metals from e-waste, and end-of-life electronic and electrical products. The aim of this research is to assess the potential of urban mining to promote the circular economy in low-income West African countries, with Burkina Faso as a case study.
This project explores a unique pedagogical approach at Don Jaime de Nevares Secondary School in Argentine Patagonia through a radio station and podcasting project. A Community Charla is planned to take place in February/March 2023 to foster discussions and collaborations among stakeholders interested in the school's project.
The alarming rates of rape and unprotected sexual activities are consequences of the seven-year armed conflict in Cameroon that has led to widespread displacement, destruction of infrastructure, and vulnerable living conditions. This initiative aims to address the needs of internally displaced young women in conflict-affected regions, focusing on providing comprehensive contraception care and sexual education.
This project explores how socioeconomic changes in Las Mesas, Colombia have influenced grassroots women's views on gender roles, sustainability, and the future. The research aims to empower women through dialogue, challenging dominant narratives and contributing insights that align with sustainable development goals.
The research aims to strengthen the Cañaverales community's resistance to a coal mining project and preserve their ancestral territory. It involves an experimental school-seeding on youth defenders creating art content for territorial defense. The project involves engaging the community through surveys, interviews, and workshops to leverage their existing knowledge, skills, and resources for effective communication and advocacy.
Working directly with a small group of heritage workers in eastern Syria, this project aims to assess the current need for the digital documentation of endangered heritage and community relationships to that heritage. The project will lead to new specialized skills for engaged heritage workers, enhanced community engagement, and novel research.
This research looks to measure the impact of Paillaco’s Voc-Tech School implementation of renewable energy education. Besides mapping the success of the alumni, this project aims to create a system in which local communities can benefit from graduates' expertise in renewable energy.
The absence of reliable quantitative data on LGBTI+ migrants and asylum-seeking communities in South Africa puts those people at risk of mistreatment and makes holding authorities accountable almost impossible. This project seeks to close the gap by collecting baseline data through anonymous surveys.
This project focuses on community-based museums of memory and their relationship to victims, survivors, and family members overcoming the effects of conflicts and violent scenarios. The hypothesis is that these museums are tools for dealing with the direct impacts of violence, but, above all, they are a way of assembling long-standing organizational exercises demanding profound social transformation.
This project builds on the enthusiastic response to the guidebook “Closer to Us, Part of Our World” for formal and informal caregivers of dementia. The guidebook is going to be used as a tool for training professional caregivers.
This research aims to examine the impact of climate change on the agriculture sector in Palestine, particularly how climate change over the last two decades contributed to sectoral labor reallocation and farmers' preference toward a specific type of crops, such as tobacco.
The project aims to empower community members of Mamelodi, South Africa, to use computers, have basic computer skills, use video editing software, and upload and manage a YouTube channel. These efforts are part of an initiative to digitally capture the community's stories, especially the pensioners, that were part of the history.
This project investigates the modes of dissent performed by Russian citizens in the aftermath of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. It explores the connection between (im)mobility and dissent, the complexities of speaking out in different political and cultural settings, as well as the tensions between the less visible forms of dissent and the politics of assembly.
This project focuses on addressing whether the installation of water dispensers in primary schools leads to pupils in Laikipia County, Kenya, obtaining safe water. The students are going to be provided with water backpacks as an alternative to jerricans to transport and store water, with the goal of reducing waterborn illnesses.
The goal of the project is to design and implement community interventions aimed at reducing non-communicable diseases. From identifying safe spaces to developing physical activity and nutrition guidelines, this project seeks to create an inclusive and sustainable program that caters to the diverse needs of the target community.
This project revolves around the "Wang Oo" (campfire) speaker series, which brings together the academics at Gulu University, Uganda, and the local community to explore the value and innovations of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The project seeks to understand how these sessions can inform community-university partnerships, shape academic programs, and further community-based participatory research initiatives.
This project aims to explore the potential of storytelling and collective research and creation to empower communities that have been victimized in the Colombian armed conflict, but who have also resisted and persevered in living in their territories. The research contributes to community organizing generating knowledge about the local past and cultural identity, while also amplifying voices of underrepresented communities who have disproportionately suffered violence.
This project focuses on collecting data for UrbanEyes – a digital platform for visualizing the performance of the city of Bishkek. Through the depiction of less formal urban places, UrbanEyes hopes to help Bishkek residents become active participants in the city’s life and contribute to public policies by offering new forms of civic participation.
Education for Further Studies (EFS) seeks to support Myanmar youth in crisis regions to pursue their higher education aspirations. Four instructors from different OSUN institutions will facilitate a 3-month online course designed to supplement the existing secondary and post-secondary education programs at the local level with academic skills for college pathways.
This project aims to investigate how intersectionality, involving gender and socioeconomic status, shapes the entrepreneurial experiences, challenges, and empowerment of marginalized women. This study seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of how entrepreneurship can catalyze empowerment within diverse and inclusive contexts.
The project aims to promote gender equality through public art and fostering cultural dialogue in the Kyrgyz artistic community. The project will conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups with members of the artistic community to better understand what approaches are used in public arts, as well as the obstacles in traditional perception.
The goal of this research is to explore the potential benefits of an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences education for under-represented, first-generation students at Bard High School Early College in Newark through the “Innovative Newark” elective. “Innovative Newark” is a course that utilizes project-based learning and community engagement, leading to social innovation in the greater Newark community.
This project focuses on exploring a community-based model of collective filmmaking pedagogy. A series of workshops and lessons will be held in Kliptown and Eldorado Park, South Africa, that will familiarize the local youth with accessible animation techniques. Additionally, the community from these locations will be involved in the making of a feature film, Van Alles.
The project aims to address the critical need for reliable electricity access within Internally Displaced Persons camps in the Tigray Region, Ethiopia. Through the implementation of solar-powered charging stations, sustainable solutions are sought for charging essential devices like mobile phones and tablets.
This implementation research focuses on childcare for sex workers’ children in Gauteng, South Africa. The primary goal is to bridge the gap between the development of innovative solutions and their successful implementation in everyday practice.
Erin Cannan, Bard College[email protected]