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CARE: Community Action Research Experiences - Leadership for Good
What is the action research?
Action research addresses immediate practical problems. It aims to
improve organizations' effectiveness by informing strategies, practices,
or knowledge of the contexts in which organizations operate.
The Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) inspires and equips
students to use their capacities to lead social change for community
What is the CARE program?
The Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) program is a year-long
concentration (Fall and Spring semesters) that provides a rare
opportunity for graduate students:
- to gain valuable professional and leadership experience
- to have extensive contact with faculty and community professionals
to develop high quality recommendations for future employment or professional school applications
- to apply your intellectual skills to a practical project that contributes to community improvement
- to work with a small close knit and diverse group of talented peers
The core of the CARE program involves community organizations, students,
and faculty working together to address research questions that are
important to the community organizations. The action research projects
represent the service provided to the community partners. Collaborations
are intended to enhance organizations' evidence-informed policy and
practice and to increase students' capacity for leadership in community
Is CARE right for you?
- Students in The Sanford School M.S. program in Family and Human Development may choose to apply to the CARE program to fulfill the culminating experience requirement for their degree.
- Students in The Sanford School Ph.D. program in Family and Human Development may also apply with the approval of their Masters/Doctoral Supervisory Chair.
- Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or above? A previous research methods course is also desirable.
- Are you willing to invest the time to being part of a
personally challenging year-long leadership development program that
combines in-depth coursework, developing a collaboration with a community organization,
faculty mentoring, and managing a major project to completion?
- Do you want to participate in a close-knit community of peers dedicated to conducting worthwhile community action research?
- Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and of the
kinds of leadership qualities needed to tackle complex problems in the
- Do you want to explore how you might integrate social changemaking with your future career goals?
If so, then the CARE program is for you!
Do you want more information or to talk about it?
Contact the coordinator, Dr. Larry Dumka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.