Social Science Community Engagement Lab Current Projects
Check out recent news on the work of SSCL
- Staying safe in the time of coronavirus: pay attention to ‘the guy you know’
- “As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame”
- Tribes mount organized responses to COVID-19, in contrast to state and federal governments
- How do Americans view the virus? Anthropology professor examines attitudes, perceptions of COVID-19
- GovExec Daily: Native Communities, the Federal Government and the Pandemic
- Hardy, Lisa J. “Connection, Contagion, and COVID-19”. Medical Anthropology 39, no. 8 (2020): 655-659. https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2020.1814773
- Hardy, Lisa J. “Negotiating Inequality: Disruption and COVID‐19 in the United States” City & Society 32, no. 2 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12312
Sociocultural Dimensions of Covid-19
A research team led by Dr. Lisa Hardy is conducting a mixed-methods investigation of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. The team has conducted over 60 interviews and collected nearly 1,000 survey responses on pandemic life. They are analyzing data and developing strategies for future pandemic response, risk reduction, and health equity. Findings from and applications of the research include increasing knowledge on pandemics and xenophobia, the importance of sovereignty in pandemic response, using disability justice frameworks to understand pandemic ableism, investigating the relationship between social movements and COVID-19, and understanding how gender and political orientation impacts well-being for left-leaning women living in opposition to the federal government.
Research Personnel and Partners:
- Dr. Lisa Hardy, Director
- Dr. Leah Mundell, Co-Director
- Dr. Eric Otenyo, Faculty Affiliate
- Amy Hughes, Cline Library, Partner
- Sociology graduate student Angelica Sanchez, Coordinator
- Graduates of the Masters in Anthropology program at NAU Kevin Shaw and Kayla Torres Morales, Researchers
- Salutogenesis international researchers representing nine countries, Partners
Supporting Immigrant Families in Flagstaff Schools
This project is a collaboration between Northern Arizona Institutions for Community Leadership (NAICL), a broad-based nonprofit organization working to build leadership for the common good, and Community and University Public Inquiry (CUPI), an interdisciplinary, undergraduate research initiative at Northern Arizona University that facilitates student experiences of collaborative and applied research. For the past four years, undergraduates in the CUPI program have worked with NAICL immigrant leaders to improve opportunities for immigrant students and their families in the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD). Through this community-based research project, students and community leaders have developed and provided trainings for hundreds of FUSD staff members. They have held the school district accountable for improving language accessibility, with FUSD committing to expanded translation and interpretation services for non-English-speaking parents. And they are developing Immigrant Family Support Teams in five Flagstaff schools, where parents, students, and school staff work together to identify barriers for immigrant students and ensure that resources are available for students of all backgrounds to succeed and move on to higher education. Recently, the research team also developed a language access survey, in collaboration with FUSD leadership, that asks teachers and parents to evaluate the second-language resources available for communication with families. The team is now analyzing the results of the survey and conducting follow up interviews to develop recommendations for improvements with a team of engaged school leaders.
Research Personnel and Partners:
- Dr. Leah Mundell, Faculty Advisor
- Northern Arizona Interfaith Council Organizer Roxana Cardiel, Partner
- Sustainable Communities Graduate Student Enettie Malangano, Facilitator
- Flagstaff Unified School District, Partner
Angelica Sanchez is a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology student, teaching assistant, and research assistant. She currently serves as the president of SoSS (Society of Student Sociologists). She holds a BS in Sociology with minors in Chinese and Latin American Studies and a BA in Anthropology with an Archaeology emphasis. During Angelica’s time as an undergraduate, she participated in Dr. Brittain Shepardson’s TAO program on Easter Island, interned at Dr. Corina Kellner’s Paleodiet Lab, interned at the Laboratory for Applied Social Research, and participated in a rescue archaeology field school in Poland. She has served as a lead supplemental instructor for the STAR program at NAU for two years in a row. Her most recent publication is: Michael McCarthy, Angelica Sanchez, Yolanda Evie Garcia, Karen S. Lyons, Tamilyn Bakas. Feasibility of the Hand in Hand Relationship Intervention for Stroke Survivor-Caregiver Dyads: A Randomized Trial.
Roxana Cardiel is the Organizer for Northern Arizona Interfaith Council and its education and training arm, Northern Arizona Institutions for Community Leadership. Her work focuses on building leadership for civic participation across lines of race, class, age, and religion and organizing for issues that advance the common good. She is also the Equity and Inclusion Specialist and a Spanish interpreter at North Country HealthCare in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Enettie Malangano is a Master of Arts student in Sustainable Communities, and graduate assistant for Community University Public Inquiry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education from African Bible College. While at African Bible College, she worked as a team leader for Children of the Nations outreach program. Enettie is also a co-founder of Cornerstone Ministries, an organization that serves 350 children in Salima district, Malawi. She has also worked with World Vision Malawi for 5 years. She enjoys listening to people’s stories of transformation and hanging out with children.
Kevin L. Shaw is an applied social researcher. With a background in medical anthropology, they support projects across sectors that seek health equity and social justice. Their current work includes evaluating community-level changes to food policy and systems and developing an internal assessment and evaluation plan for an early stage non-profit providing experiential anti-bias trainings.