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Upcoming Events

Summer Participatory Research Workshop

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 4:00pm – 5:30pm in Alumni Hall Room 313A (the Anthropology lounge), the GCPR will hold an end-of-semester gathering to support and guide our students preparing to begin their summer research. If you are a GCPR student and plan to carry out participatory research during summer 2024 (for your GPCR practicum or as a Seed Grant awardee, for example), please join us! Fellow students, GCPR faculty, and community experts will be on hand to talk through your plans, questions, and concerns and cultivate a culture of co-learning.

Please RSVP for the event here. This form helps us to tailor this workshop to meet each project’s specific needs, so please fill it out if you are planning to attend the event.

We hope to see you there!


Past Events

GCPR Spring Celebration

We hope you can join us on Thursday, April 11, from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Anne Queen Commons at Campus Y. We are excited to (re)connect with our GCPR community and honor this year’s Seed Grant awardees and students completing the certificate program. If you will complete the GCPR this semester, please email us today ( so we can be sure to recognize you!

GCPR Advising Session

The GCPR is hoping that you will join us for a conversation about GCPR requirements and completion strategies. This meeting will focus on helping students plan and prepare for their practicum research. However – all who have questions about GCPR processes are welcome! Please join us on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 6pm – 7pm in the Hanes Art Center Room 215. We hope to see you there!

2023 GCPR Fall Reception

2023 GCPR Advising Session (+ Fall Happy Hour!)

Wednesday, November 8th from 5:30-7:00PM
Alumni Hall (Room 313A)

On Wednesday, November 8th (5:30-7:00pm), the GCPR will host an advising session to clarify the requirements of certificate completion, with an emphasis on how to prepare for and complete the Practicum in Participatory Methods (although all questions are welcome!). This event is designed primarily to support current GCPR students, though any student interested in the certificate is most welcome to attend. Tea and snacks will be provided.Following the advising session, we will head over to Linda’s Bar & Grill (203 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 27514) for a happy hour from 7:00-8:30pm. All students, community partners, faculty, and other colleagues interested in participatory research are invited to stop by for fellowship with like-minded community!

2023 GCPR Spring Celebration

From Here to Equality: Community Read & Conversations (Featured)

Organized by GCPR Board member Ms. Danita Mason-Hogans! Join your and our community in talking about the ideas of reparations and repair.

Join authors William “Sandy” Darity and Kirsten Mullen in a 4-part community read and conversation series centered on their book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century.  We will listen to and learn from the book’s authors, community elders and members, and artists. We will come with our histories and understandings and will search together for what we can learn from each other about our shared histories that we might not yet know.

This book club seeks to bring community and university together to read, think, and dialogue together about the concept of reparations and repair.  Our goal is to listen and learn together about how we can repair histories of racism and slavery in our Chapel Hill community and meet these in reparative ways.

Engagement Week Community & Impact Screening of the Smell of Money

Please join the UNC Environmental Justice Action Research Clinic (EJ Clinic) and the GCPR on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:30pm-7pm at the FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium for the Community and Impact Screening of the documentary film, The Smell of Money. From the film’s website: “A century after her grandfather claimed his freedom from slavery and the family land, Elsie Herring and her North Carolina community fight the world’s largest pork corporation for their freedom to enjoy fresh air, clean water, and a life without the stench of manure.” The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with film producer/writer, Jamie Berger, and EJ community leaders and will be facilitated by Dr. Courtney Woods, EJ Clinic Director. For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event website.

GCPR February Social Event – Happy Hour w/ Dr. Alice Ammerman

UNC R3 Symposium: “Highlighting Participatory Justice Scholarship” (Featured)

Featuring GCPR student Ariana Ávila as a panelist!

GCPR October Social Event – Coffee Hour

GCPR September Social Event – Happy Hour

2022 GCPR Fall Reception

2022 GCPR Spring Social

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The Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research invites you to a Spring Celebration on March 23rd, from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Room 4003. Drinks and light refreshments provided.

Faculty Engaged Scholarship: Setting Standards and Building Conceptual Clarity (Featured)

Hosted by: Carolina Center for Public Service

Wednesday January 12th, 4pm to 5:30pm

Engaged scholarship is a pathway for faculty, staff and students to respond to the pressing social, civic, economic and moral problems of today. This interactive session, hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) at UNC Chapel Hill, features Lynn Blanchard, CCPS director, and Andy Furco, associate vice president for public engagement at the University of Minnesota. Blanchard and Furco will explore engaged scholarship through disciplinary frames of how it is incorporated into academic work with common principles and purposes. Join us to build your network of faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship and ask questions of two experts in the field. Blanchard and Furco will discuss their Academy of Community Engagement Scholars white paper, “Faculty Engaged Scholarship: Setting Standards and Building Conceptual Clarity.”

Please visit the Faculty Engaged Scholarship event page to register.

Towards a Transformative & Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Co-sponsored by the UNC Anthropology Department’s Race, Difference, and Power Concentration and the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research

Monday, November 8, 2021 – 3:30-5:30

A Workshop with Dr. Michal Osterweil 

Background: While many of us can agree that we are currently living in a trauma-filled society, few of us in the University really understand the nature of trauma, its relationship to stress, mental and physical health, and our students’ (and our own) capacities for learning. Understanding how trauma/stress both impede and enable learning, and general wellbeing, can be crucial tools for those of us teaching in these intense times. These tools can be particularly useful in classes that actively address forms of oppression, as well as themes and topics that might push up against comfort zones and default settings. Given the nature of Anthropology, its commitment to other ways of knowing, as well as difference and power, the Anthropology classroom is a particularly potent site for this work.

Description: In this two-hour workshop, Dr. Osterweil will 1) introduce the basics of the nervous system and trauma, 2) offer some ideas about how and why this understanding is crucial to those of us working in the classroom, (especially but not limited to classes that are explicitly working with anti-oppression frameworks); 3) lead us in a few exercises to give us more awareness of our own nervous system style, and 4) offer a few simple exercises/techniques we might use in the classroom. There will also be some time for questions and discussion.

Our Facilitator: Towards the end of her fieldwork with a network of anti-capitalist activist groups, Michal Osterweil (PhD UNC Anthropology, 2010) came across a growing body of work seeking to address the ways unhealed trauma and mental health issues were impeding the work of activists. Employing techniques from trauma-oriented somatic approaches, she continued to do research on, and began to learn and get trained in these approaches. In recent years she has been increasingly incorporating this body of work into her own teaching, and since 2020 she has been co-leading with Michele Berger (Gender and Women Studies) a Carolina Seminar on Transformative Pedagogy in Times of Crisis.

2021 GCPR Fall Reception

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Join the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research for our Fall reception!

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 5:30pm at the FedEx Global Education Center Patio, UNC

  • Connect with current and prospective students, faculty & community partners
  • Learn about participatory research opportunities & certificate requirements
  • Celebrate transitions & successes
  • Join UNC’s vibrant and interdisciplinary participatory research community!

Visit the GCPR website and contact for additional event information. All are welcome!