About this Site

This site was created as part of a university-community participatory action research (PAR) collaboration between Carleton College and community members and institutions in Faribault, MN. The project was funded by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The project involved high school and college students, parents, high school and college teachers, administrators, college civic engagement staff, and many others. It involved working across three languages: English, Spanish, and Somali. While we found many wonderful resources, especially in English and Spanish, we wanted to create a site that would host in one place resources for various constituencies, including youth, teachers, parents, university collaborators, and community organizations. We also wanted to create Somali resources about PAR because we found it difficult to locate such resources. This website has involved the labor, skills, and imaginations of many, many people–please check out our acknowledgements page for a list of some of these people. 

The site provides some basic history and information about PAR in general, provides an extensive discussion of the Carleton-Faribault PAR project, information about various organizations and projects, as well as information about the stages of a PAR project. There is so much more information out there, of course, so if there are particular resources we should add, please do let us know!

Note about the Spanish and Somali pages: the original content that we developed specifically for the website in English has been translated into Spanish and Somali. We have also tried our best to identify original materials from other sources in Spanish and Somali so the content of the different language pages is not identical. We would love to add more language-specific resources to the Spanish and Somali pages, so if you know of such resources, please let us know! Additionally, we welcome collaborations with organizations and individuals involved in PAR projects to create pages in different languages. 

We would love to hear from you–you can send us questions or comments in the Google form here! Right now we only have the capacity to answer queries in English–however, if you submit questions in other languages, we will try our best to respond!

Anita Chikkatur & Emily Oliver, co-PIs, CNCS grant (2019-2021)

December 2020