Saturday, April 13, 2019

Limited Residency Graduation Ceremony

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8:00 - 9:00 AM         Continental Breakfast| Crossroads (All Cohorts)


9:00 - 10:30 AM      Decolonizing Research: Place, Power, and Ways of Knowing

Kimberly Greeson, PhD

Cottonwood A

Simply put, decolonization is a process of undoing colonization. The practice of decolonization seeks to challenge dominant political, economic, social, spiritual, and epistemological norms. To decolonize social research means researchers incorporate multiple voices, approaches, cultures, and epistemologies in the research process. These approaches involve acknowledging and working to keep from perpetuating the dominant research paradigm that has historically marginalized and objectified, non-dominant populations, such as Indigenous peoples. For Indigenous scholar, Zoe Todd “decolonization/Indigenization is necessary in order to bring Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, and practices to the fore in a meaningful and ethical way.”

This presentation explores how scholars (of all backgrounds and disciplines) can ethically approach research to include multiple worldviews, non-dominant voices, and traditional knowledge. We will discuss what is means to use decolonizing research strategies and the significance of place in social research. We will examine the tools scholars and allies might build a reciprocal relationship between researcher and participant (that acknowledges potential power dynamics) and how these practices contribute to social/environmental justice and/or mutually benefit (Indigenous) communities. In many ways, all social research would benefit from a decolonizing lens and the inclusion of place in order to actively engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entire research process.

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM         Hooding/ Graduation Ceremony | Crossroads

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