Crossing Borders: Translating Research Into Action - 2018 Social Justice Research Symposium



Notes from Symposium Sessions available below.

Our second annual Social Justice Symposium took place on Friday, Nov. 2, where scholars and community partners gathered to discuss how to translate social justice research into practice. Keynote speaker Dr. Alvaro Huerta holds a joint faculty appointment in Urban & Region Planning (URP) and Ethnic & Women’s Studies (EWS) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and specializes in community & economic development, LatinX studies, and immigration. Dr. Huerta delivered the Symposium’s keynote, titled (Im)migration in Context: History, Resistance, and Hope.  

The Symposium featured concurrent sessions focused on social justice topic areas, including bridging community and academy, building community partnerships, effective communication and circulation of research, working with transdisciplinary teams, and using research to inform policy and practice. The Symposium also featured a poster session, highlighting student research and providing an opportunity to learn about the social justice research occurring at the University of Louisville and within the community. The Symposium provided a wonderful opportunity to network with social justice researchers, students, faculty, and community partners, learn about current Consortium projects, and engage in conversations about promoting social justice in our research, practice, and policy. 


Annual Consortium Symposium

Friday, November 2, 2018


Bridging Expectations: Community and Academy

Panelists will examine the relationships forged between academia and community activists. Given the academy’s history of exclusion and appropriation, how best can today’s researchers rebuild those relationships and communicate research’s potential for social change?  How can community activists work with academic researchers to further their agenda? 

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Lasting Change: The Intersection of Politics and Policy

This panel will explore the myriad of ways that research can influence policy, and the ways in which that influence is limited. How can we make our social justice research into something greater than the sum of its parts? How can we use facts and figures to sway our elected officials?

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Speaking to a Broader Audience: Understanding Media More Effectively

This panel will provide researchers with tips and guidelines for communicating effectively with a non-academic audience via traditional media outlets. Panelists from academia and media alike will discuss how to translate research into digestible facts, and how to connect your work to larger cultural conversations.

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Expanding Your Footprint and Learning from Other Fields

Panelists from various fields will discuss how they have worked across disciplines to make change happen despite institutional boundaries. They will examine how to reach out broadly and marshal resources, and in particular how to work with businesses and have an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Building Community Partnerships Across Differences: Part II

As part of the Consortium’s ongoing conversation about cultural competency, this panel will interrogate the challenges academics face in building meaningful partnerships with our community. Panelists and attendees will discuss best practices for building trust and maintaining relationships with people whose identities do not line up with our own.

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Writing for a Non-Academic Audience

This panel will address some of the difficulties academics face in making their research relevant to the larger social justice community. How can academics contribute to conversations about oppression without speaking over the voices of those affected? How can we communicate ideas without the use of field-specific jargon and figures?

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