Panel and Happy Hour | Socially Distanced, Community Engaged? Reflections on Research and Teaching in a Pandemic Year

Students protesting holding signs that read "Stand Up, Fight Back" and "When we Fight, We Win"
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

Please join us for a panel discussion and happy hour event!

  • After a year of socially distanced research, teaching, and outreach, what lessons have we learned about staying connected to the publics and communities we serve?
  • What challenges have community partners and public-engaged scholars faced in our collaborations?
  • How might the experience of the pandemic transform our partnerships or ways of doing public-engaged work as we emerge from this period?

Panelists Yedalis Ruíz (UMass Student Bridges), Richard Chu (History), and Jen Sandler (Anthropology and UMass Alliance for Community Transformation [UACT]) will share their reflections, and we will make time for small-group discussions on themes raised by the panelists. 

Sponsored by ISSR's Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Happy Hour series, the Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) program, the Faculty Senate Public Engagement and Outreach Council, and the Public Engagement Project (PEP) at UMass Amherst.

Panelist bios: 

Dr. Richard T. Chu is Five College Associate Professor of History at UMass Amherst. His research and publications focus on the history of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the Philippines and of the different Chinese diasporic communities in the world, centering on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, empire, and nationalism.

Dr. Yedalis Ruíz is the Director/Faculty Advisor of UMass Student Bridges Agency. Her research and educational programming addresses access and equity to higher education among BIPOC and first-generation students through community engaged coursework and partnerships with high schools in Holyoke and Springfield, MA. 

Dr. Jen Sandler is a Lecturer in Anthropology and the Director of the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation [UACT]. She has published on U.S. municipal reform coalitions, evidence-based policy advocacy, parent and community power in public education, community-engaged critical pedagogies, popular education in Mexico, and meetings as under-recognized sites of collective agency and sense-making.