1. How did you hear about the Community Scholars Program and what led you to apply?
I saw a post about the Community Scholars Program on the Labor Studies Instagram page. I applied because I wanted to continue doing research at UCLA, but I wanted to engage in research from a community-oriented approach to learn new research skills that would have the community work alongside me.
2. Community Scholars partners UCLA undergraduate students with graduate students and community-based advocates to conduct collaborative participatory action research. Describe your experience in this learning environment.
So far it has been a new and eye-opening experience for me. It is nice hearing and learning from people who have different perspectives to bring to the table.
3. What advice would you give students who are considering applying to the Community Scholars Program?
Figure out your “why” for engaging in community-engaged research and ask yourself what role would you like to play in this research experience. Also, continue to find ways to build upon your passions.
4. What skills or knowledge have you learned from this research experience?
Throughout this research experience, I am always learning about the importance of decolonizing research methodologies that are often linked to European imperialism and colonialism. I have also learned important skills such as inclusive language, ethical commitments and much more.
5. What has been the most fulfilling part of your time with Community Scholars Program so far?
Meeting in person for the first time at the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center and sharing a dinner together.