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Advice for Early-Career Academics: Reflections on Community-Engaged Research

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 11:30 AM
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Haas Center for Public Service

This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students who are interested in learning more about and developing skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields.

For this installment, join us to hear about how early-career academics have actualized their commitment to community-engaged research, while navigating the pressures of tenure and promotion.

Four early-career scholars across different types of institutions and in different stages of career progression will share their experiences and offer advice for graduate students interested in becoming faculty members as community-engaged researchers.

Juan Miguel Arias, PhD '20 (he/él), is a Riley Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Education at Colorado College. His research examines how relational and culturally responsive teaching practices are enacted in environmental education. Through this work, Dr. Arias seeks to address issues of environmental and educational justice. 

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is committed to teaching, organizing, and research on the topics of Filipina migration, transnational lives, and family-making in the United States and in the Philippines. 

Farzana Saleem, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Dr. Saleem’s research examines the impact of racial stress and trauma on the mental health of African American and Latinx youth in the United States.

Sparkle Springfield, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Loyola University, Chicago. As a nutritionist, Dr. Springfield’s research focuses on the social, behavioral, and structural determinants of dietary behaviors in African American women and developing community-based interventions to promote health equity. 

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