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Qualifying GCPR workshops address participatory research theories, principles, techniques, methods, case examples, or some combination. Workshops can be topically oriented or skill-building and they must last at least 90 minutes. Workshops are ideally interactive or participatory in nature.

If you see an event that could qualify as a workshop, have ideas for workshops, or want to lead a workshop, please reach out to

Upcoming Workshops

Photovoice Workshop

Dr. Alex Lightfoot and first-year PhD student Hanna Dingel will be leading a photovoice two-part Photovoice workshop. This workshop can count as one of two GCPR-required workshops. Attendees are required to attend both sessions. The first session, held on Friday, March 1 from 10:00am – 12:00noon will cover the nuts and bolts of photovoice. The second session, held on Tuesday, March 5, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm will be a practice photovoice session. Registration is capped and we will use a lottery system to reserve seats. Please complete this brief form by Monday, February 26 to participate in the lottery system. Selected participants will be notified on Wednesday, February 28 via email.


**GCPR students, please remember to keep track of the workshops you have attended as part of your certificate requirements using the workshop tracking form.**

Previous Workshops & Talks

Better Practices in Community History Workshop

Our 1st GCPR workshop of Spring 2024 semester was led by Wesley Hogan, Research Professor of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute; John Gartrell, Director, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History & Culture; Molly Luby, Community History Coordinator, Chapel Hill Public Library; and Danita Mason-Hogans, Civil Rights Historian, Educator, Speaker, Activist. This workshop covered partnering with communities in oral history projects, and how to navigate money, consent, and ownership throughout the project. This workshop was on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 12-2pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A. An archival link to registration and more detailed information can be found here:

Reflections on Co-Writing: A GCPR Workshop

Our 2nd GCPR workshop of the Fall 2023 semester was led by Ann Suk, PhD candidate in Anthropology and GCPR student, and Melissa Ko, Bridge Builders and Volunteer Coordinator at Refugee Community Partnership in Carrboro. They facilitated a guided conversation around co-writing projects with community partners on Tuesday, November 14th from 7:00-8:30pm in Alumni Hall, Room 313A.

Creating StoryMaps in Participatory Research

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a user-friendly platform for storytelling that brings together interactive maps with multimedia content and text. In this workshop, we will discuss how to utilize ArcGIS StoryMaps to share about participatory research. StoryMaps help researchers and collaborators tell stories in ways that engage the senses and ground memory in space and place.

The workshop will be facilitated by the GCPR’s own Cayla Colclasure, a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology. You can read morehereabout Cayla’s community-based research on the prison labor that built the Western North Carolina Railroad.

We invite you to join us onWednesday, September 27thfrom 2:30-4:00pm in Alumni Building (Room 313A).Feel free to bring digital images, excerpts from interviews, lists of places, etc. from your own work in order to practice building a StoryMap yourself.Tea and snacks will be served.

Featured: Learning from Marginalized Voices via Community-based Participatory Research

Part of the UNC Odum Institute Qualitative Research Summer Intensive, this course will provide researchers with principles and tools to conduct qualitative-focused community-based participatory research. Drs. Gilbert and Ray will expose participants to a holistic approach to CBPR by focusing on 4 core topics essential to the approach: (1) CBPR foundation principles, (2) Methods principles and practices to guide the work, (3) CBPR practice goals, and (4) An eye toward the future of CBPR.

Register now at:

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Instructors: Rashawn Ray & Keon Gilbert, July 24-25

GCPR Summer Participatory Research Workshop

The GCPR’s 2nd Summer Participatory Research Workshop will take place Wednesday, April 12th from 5:00-6:30pm in Alumni Building (Room 313A). This supportive space will bring together students, GCPR faculty, and community experts to support and guide you as you prepare to begin your summer research. Light refreshments will be provided.

Featured: Engaging Patient, Community, & Other Partners in Your Research (NC TRaCS)

Join the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute for Engaging Patient, Community, and Other Partners in Your Research, an online training series about engaging patient, community, and other partners in research. You may register for the entire series OR any single training session. This training series was developed collaboratively with patient, community, and researcher partners.

*NOTE: In order to receive GCPR credit towards certificate completion, you must complete all 3 workshops in this series (for the equivalent of 1 GCPR workshop requirement).

Engagement in Research 101 | Wednesday, March 22 from 10am-12pm EDT 

Focuses on the basics of research engagement, providing an overview of patient and community engagement and its benefits, debunking common myths and misconceptions, and providing considerations and next steps for incorporating engagement approaches into your research. REGISTER:

Engagement in Research Nuts & Bolts | Wednesday, March 29 from 10am-12pm EDT 

Covers specific engagement methods, including consultative community feedback sessions, advisory boards, and working with patient and community partners as members of a research team. REGISTER:

Strengthening Engagement | Wednesday, April 12 from 10am-12pm EDT 

Focuses on the nuances of building and maintaining partnerships, outlining best practices for developing and strengthening mutually beneficial partnerships and discussing common partnership challenges and solutions. REGISTER:

Featured: Youth GO: A Participatory Qualitative Approach to Engaging Youth in Evaluation & Research

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Hosted by: University Outreach and Engagement Panel | Michigan State University

Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

MSU Event Registration

Building Successful Collaborations with Community Councils and NGOs

Conducted in Spanish and English

How do you link the research you plan to do with the economic, social, or cultural purposes of a community?

In this workshop, you will get a chance to hear from experienced ethnographers on their alliances with indigenous and community organizations in the Ecuadorian Andes.  Using an assessment tool they developed, you will have a chance to evaluate possible community alliances in the research you are planning. Workshop participants can share ideas and get feedback from workshop leaders on promising approaches and potential challenges.

Workshop leaders:

Dr Luis Alberto Tuaza is Professor and Vice Rector of Research at the National University of Chimborazo.  He is author of six books on topics from climate change impacts in rural Andean communities to the organizational strength of Ecuador’s indigenous movement.  Before his research career, Dr. Tuaza was ordained as a priest and had pastoral duties in rural parishes in Chimborazo province.

Dr Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld is Professor of Anthropology and Senior Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill.  In three decades of ethnographic research in the Ecuadorian Andes, he has worked with UNAIMCO, the largest indigenous artisan association in Ecuador, The Ministry of Culture, Atuntaqui’s Municipal Tourism and Culture office, and the Quilotoa Center for Community Tourism, an organization with roots in militant peasant activism and a record of sustainable economic success.

History is Present: Using Critical Oral Histories for Community Remembrance & Change

Join Ms. Danita Mason-Hogans, Civil Rights Historian, Educator, Speaker, Writer, and Activist, for a discussion of her use of the critical oral history methodology and the impetus for, politics of, and methodology of the SNCC project. Please click here to read Ms. Danita Mason-Hogans’ full bio or see below for a condensed version.

Danita Mason-Hogans, MA is an award-winning civil rights historian, educator, speaker, writer and activist. Danita is a native of Chapel Hill, NC from seven generations on both sides of her family. The daughter of Dave Mason of the Chapel Hill Nine, who began the first sit-in of Chapel Hill’s civil rights’ movement, igniting decade of protests against segregation.

Danita’s acclaimed TEDx Talk “Why the Way We Tell Stories is A Social Justice Issue” was featured on TED where she describes the Critical Oral History methodology, which she uses for her podcast RE/Collecting Chapel Hill.

Working with community partners, school systems, universities, activists and historians she collaborates and consults to document local and national history from the “inside out” and from the “bottom up.”

Featured: Online Participatory Research in COVID-19: Youth Stories through Cellphilms

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Hosted by: Community-Based Research Canada

Thursday April 21, 2022 – 12:00-2:00pm EDT

For more information and to register, please visit the CBRCanada Event Website

GCPR Photovoice Workshop

The GCPR's Photovoice Workshop will be offered April 7 - April 8 from 1-4pm. Long description in following paragraph.

April 7 – April 8, 1-4pm both days

Dr. Geni Eng, Dr. Alex Lightfoot, Linda Riggins (community partner), and their community co-sponsors (Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE), NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) and Community Engagement and Training Cores, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)) will offer a two-part Photovoice Workshop on Thursday, April 7- Friday, April 8 from 1-4pm. Registration is capped at 20 participants and we will use a lottery system to reserve seats. Please complete this brief form by April 3rd to participate in the lottery system. Selected participants will be notified on April 4th via email.

Featured: Feminist Participatory Action Research Mobilising for Social Justice

Hosted by: Place Based Research Action Community of Practice

Wednesday, 30 March 2022, 10:30 PM – Thursday, 31 March 2022, 12:30 AM EST

How Indigenous, rural and urban poor women have mobilised through FPAR to demand climate justice, labour rights, and development justice.

Please visit the FPAR event information and registration page for more details.

Featured: Co-Documenting Queer Performances and Experiences in Mexico

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Hosted by: Columbia Oral History MA Program

Thu, March 24, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Machado event information and registration   

Featured: Creative Conversations: Creating Equitable Arts and Cultural Community Engagement Partnerships—A Panel on the Visual Arts

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Hosted by: University Outreach and Engagement Panel | Michigan State University

Friday, February 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

MSU Event Registration

Featured: Participatory Photography and Photovoice

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 13:30-15:30 GMT

Hosted by:  School of Security Studies | King’s College London

Participatory Photography and Photovoice Event Registration

Featured: Decolonizing Research – A conversation with Indigenous Scholars

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022 9:00-10:30pm EST

Hosted by: University of Southern California Libraries

Event information for Decolonizing Research

Featured: Centering Communities in Implementation Research: Informing the Future of Prenatal Care in Fresno

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Hosted by: UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative

Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Zoom webinar

Please visit UCSF event information and registration for additional details.

Featured: Addressing Racism As a Public Health Issue Through the Lens of Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice: From Problems to Solutions

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Friday, December 10, 12:45-3:00pm

Hosted by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Please see the NIEHS agenda for more information about this event.

Featured: 2021 Saunders-Watkins Virtual Workshop: Building Trust in Community Engaged Research

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Hosted by: NIH – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 11:00am – 6:30pm EST

Virtual Workshop

Check out the NIH Agenda and NIH event registration page for more information.

Featured: Active Involvement in Research

Monday, 22 November, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST

Hosted by: NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London

Featured: Indigenous Research Methodologies and Country/Place – Community of Practice

Wednesday, November 10, 10:30 PM – Thursday, November 11, 12:30 AM EST

Hosted by: Sydney Policy Lab – Real Deal Project

Featured: Symposium: Latin America Migration and Participatory Research Symposium

Friday, November 5, 2021 – Saturday, November 6, 2021

Hosted by: University of Pennsylvania

Featured: Participatory and community-based approaches to tackle health inequalities

Wednesday, November 3, 2:00 – 3:30pm EDT

Hosted by: NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London

Featured: Facilitating Remote Participatory Filmmaking in times of Covid-19

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:00 -12:00pm EDT
Facilitated online by: Simon Koolwijk

Participatory storytelling by refugees in Germany, Turkey, and Uganda facilitated through virtual means.

Featured: Beyond Extractivism: Toward New Collaborative Futures in Anthropology

Thursday November 4, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Hosted by: Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Organized by the Association of Black Anthropologists, Anthropology Southern Africa, and the Center for Experimental Ethnography.

Visit the Beyond Extractivism event page for more information about this event.

Featured: Collaborative Research with (not on) Indigenous Communities

Monday, October 25th, 6:00 – 7:15pm EDT

Hosted by: Pace University’s Department of Environmental Studies and Science

Featured: Toward Radical Humanism in Anthropology: Ethnographic Praxis, Relationality, Multi-Modality

Hosted by: Wenner-Gren Foundation
Thursday, September 23rd, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Featured: Decolonizing Southeast Asian Archaeology

Monday, September 27 at 8PM PST / 11 PM EDT

Hosted by: UCLA CSEAS

Featured: A Real Deal – A research action agenda for transforming Australia in and beyond the pandemic.

Thursday, September 9, 2021: 12:30-2:30am EDT

The first of four workshops relating to Community of Practice in Place Based Action Research.

Register at the Sydney Policy Lab website.

Featured: Celebrating Henrietta Lacks: Building Trust – The Path Forward

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Co-hosted by the VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute, the VCU Massey Cancer Center, and the Duke Cancer Institute. #PathToTrust

Tuesday, August 31, 2021: 10:00 – 12:00 EST | Virtual

A community and academic dialogue on trust and trustworthiness in research, with Keynote speaker, Rueben Warren, Ph.D., Tuskegee University. Moderators for the event include:

  • Robert Winn, MD, VCU Massey Cancer Center
  • Nadine Barrett, Ph.D, Duke Cancer Institute
  • Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D, VCU Massey Cancer Center

For further information, visit the CLIC event page.

Featured: AFA Liberate Your Research Workshop with Dr. Nadine Naber

Dr. Nadine Naber

Saturday, August 14, 2021: 10:00 – 1:00 PST/ 1:00 – 4:00 EST

Contact Nadine at: Questions can be directed to AFA Senior Program Chair, Alix Johnson:


**GCPR students, please remember to keep track of the workshops you have attended as part of your certificate requirements using the workshop tracking form.**