All first-year students admitted to the Community-Based Research Scholars program will enroll in an exclusive CBRS section of Complex Problems and the CBRS Lab during their fall semester. In the spring semester, students will enroll in a section of the Community-Based Research course, where they will engage in a group research project in partnership with a local non-profit.
All CBRS students will enroll in IDIS-101 and choose one section of CORE-106.
CORE-106 Food Justice Matters
Professor Celeste DavisThis course explores food justice issues in the twenty-first century. Students think critically about topics such as whether food marketing to children should be restricted, whether agricultural subsidies should be eliminated, and how stakeholders incorporate healthful eating practices into health policies. Using local farms, local non-profit agencies, the department of health, and other related organizations, students explore what Washington, DC and states are doing to address food justice in their communities.
CORE-106 Challenges in US Immigration
Professor Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus
One of the challenges to advancing the debate over immigration in the U.S. is the tension between those who are apprehensive and those who are optimistic about the impact of newcomers on the receiving society. This course explores from multiple perspectives what makes migration in the U.S. a challenge for newcomers and for the receiving society. The scope of the course spans from the migrant’s personal experience (e.g., why and how leave the home of origin, the stressors of acculturation, a sense of identity in the new homeplace) and changes in the receiving community (e.g., schools, employment, and neighborhoods), to the mutual influence evidenced through attitudes, cuisine, media, and policies.
CORE-106 Who is DC?
Professor Benjamin Stokes
Outsiders often miss the vibrant neighborhoods of DC, which have deep histories and distinctive cultures. Today, DC neighborhoods face intense pressure to change. Through 3-5 field trips, interviews with residents and local politicians, and our own picture-based maps, students in "Who is DC?: exploring neighborhood identity, interviewing locals, and analyzing campaigns for stronger places" will investigate specific "neighborhood identities" in the District. We will analyze trade-offs in local campaigns to make strong places, from "buy local" to tactical urbanism and tenant organizing. The goal is to deepen our own relationship with DC, building skills to analyze the complexities of neighborhood storytelling in our own city, for development and justice.
IDIS-101 Community-Based Research Lab
Professor Jane Palmer
In this multidisciplinary course, taken by all first-semester CBRS students, learn the principles of community-based learning, community-based research, and the fundamentals of social science research. This course also provides students with training on topics such as diversity, privilege, team dynamics, public speaking, interviewing, and other topics designed to prepare students for successful community-based learning and research projects. This course includes community visits.
SPA-340: Community-Based Research
Students engage in research to inform solutions for a pressing community problem, identify avenues to effect social change or evaluate program impact with a local non-profit in the Washington, DC area. Students learn how to design a research study, collect data (surveys, interviews or focus groups), analyze data and present research findings to the non-profit partner. This course works with one non-profit partner for the entire semester. Past Research Partners: United Planning Organization, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, LAYC Career Academy and Thrive DC.