This website was developed as part of a participatory action research project in Faribault, MN, funded by AmeriCorps under Grant No. 18REHMN001 through the Community Conversations research grant competition. Opinions or points of view expressed in this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, AmeriCorps. Additional funding was provided by the Humanities Center and the Dean of the College at Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

Principal Investigators

2018-2019: Anita Chikkatur, Amel Gorani

2019-2021: Anita Chikkatur, Emily Oliver

Website Development, Content and Editing

Anita Chikkatur, Ricardo Garcia, Eunice Valenzuela, Abby Walker, Ahtziry Tinajero

Spanish Language Translation

Ozzy Cota, Eunice Valenzuela, Abby Walker, Ahtziry Tinajero

Somali Language Translation

Yasmin Yassin, Hared Mah

Community Researchers

Faribault High School Student Team

Spring 2019: Hamdi Ali, Mohamed Ali, Yaritzza Campos, Damaris Garcia, Nima Harun, Nimbe Hernandez, Halima Muhumed, Foos Mohamed, Xochilt Navejas, Asha Oyow, Miguel Romero, Angelica Zepeda

Fall 2019: Abdimutalib Abdullahi, Aqbal Abdullahi, Hamdi Abokor, Abas Ali, Yaritzza Campos, Damaris Garcia, Abdikeyr Kosar, Andrea Martinez, Sundus Noor, Miguel Romero, Perla Zamora, Angelica Zepeda

Spring 2020: Yaritzza Campos, Damaris Garcia, Miguel Romero, Perla Zamora

Somali Parent Research Team

Spring 2019: Faiso Abdi, Abdi Abdullahi, Fatumo Ibrahim, Sahara Hassan, Rukia Hussein, Ardo Weil

Latinx Parent Research Team

Spring 2019 – Spring 2020: Marisela Acosta, Cynthia Gonzalez, Maria (Maru) Lopez, Elizabeth Romero, Angelica Zepeda

High School Teacher Research Team

Spring 2019: Kat Anderson, Natalie Fashant, Laura Gehlhar, Jessica Quiñonez, Heidi Oanes

Somali Young Adult Team

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020: Amina Aden, Mohammed Aden, Hamdi Ali, Nima Harun,  Foos Mohamed, Asha Oyow

Organizations that Supported the PAR Projects in Faribault, MN

Somali Community Resettlement Services – Sharif Hared

Community without Borders – Cynthia Gonzalez

Faribault Education Center – Cassie Ohnstad, Valerie Svenby, Qiong Zeng

Faribault School District – Anne Marie Leland, Bashir Omar, Iliana Pinon, Todd Sesker, Zulema Nieves

Faribault High School – Jamie Bente, Shawn Peck, Joe Sage, Brian Coleman

Carleton College Support for the PAR Project in Faribault, MN

Academic Technology/PEPS: Celeste Sharpe, Dann Hulbert

Business Office: Susan Benson, Kara Lloyd, Melissa Smith

Center for Community and Civic Engagement: Kendall Clements, Sinda Nichols, Seth Snyder, Melissa Thomas

Dean of the College Office

Grants Office: Quinn Arnold, Christopher Tassava, Charlotte Whited

Educational Studies: Annie Larson

Faculty: Ahmed Ibrahim, Katie St. Clair

Students: Alia Babinet, Jocelyn Franco, Chiraag Gohel, Frankie Irvine, Jaylin Lowe, Anesu Masakura, Amairany Fuentes, Maya Margolis, Marcella Manivel, Sarah Newsham, Win Wen Ooi, Sophie Rogers, Eunice Valenzuela, Melissa Vazquez, Siang Wongrattanapiboon


Ruqia Abdi, Tessa Kiesow, Natalia Marchan, Sindy Morales Garcia, Hanan Mohamud, Mar Valdecantos, Stephanie Valle