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GCPR student posing for photo with community expert Melvin JacksonFundamental to the Certificate program are community experts who, in addition to their achievements, possess local knowledge and lived experience of the communities in which they live. Community experts will be essential in ensuring that the GCPR is responsive to community needs, built on the strengths, resources, and relationships already present within communities, and mutually beneficial to all parties involved. Community experts’ perspectives and input will also help ensure the GCPR fulfills its mission of training graduate students to carry out research in equitable partnership with communities, instead of on communities.

In recognition of the time, value and contributions of community members, the GCPR  provides support to community experts who are working with graduate students in the area.