Free Webinar: Youth-Led Antiracism Research

This webinar is part of the Culturally Responsive Research Webinar Series presented by NVivo and SAGE Publications.

This webinar will discuss the conceptualization of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as an antiracism approach to social science scholarship. The webinar will include:
  • A brief introduction to YPAR principles and its convergence with Critical Race Theory methodology
  • Research “commitments” that enable inter-generational research partnerships with young people to advance racial justice
  • Case examples of YPAR projects with diverse youth
  • Lessons learned and guiding questions for future work in this field


Adriana Aldana, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor at California State University, Dminguez Hills Department of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a community-based practitioner and developmental psychologist, with an emphasis on youth sociopolitical empowerment. Her scholarship examines how participatory action research and multicultural organizing models build youths' capacity for anti-racism engagement. Her research with diverse youth has identified the processes that promote young people's ability to think critically about their social identity, systems of privilege and oppression, and inclusive social action tactics.

Katie Richards-Schuster, AM, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received her doctorate in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan and her AM from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.Her research focuses on understanding the strategies and approaches for engaging young people in communities, the contexts and environments that facilitate youth engagement across settings, and the impact of youth participation in creating community change. She is a leading scholar in using participatory research and evaluation approaches with young people and communities.

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