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Maria Beltran-Figueroa (Refugee Resource & Research Institute) & Rey Ty (Northern Illinois University International Training Office)
I. A. B. Outline Introduction Problem Need C. Objectives D. Questions E. Definition F. Research Process G. PerspectivesII. Findings A. Dominant Approach B. Alternative ApproachesIII. Conclusion A. Summary B. Contribution C. ImplicationsReferences
Research ProcessParticipatory action researchCase study , participantobservation, & community dialogueCritical lensFrame within the broader historical & socialcontext to advance practices that promotesocial justiceReflections on practice promote criticalthinking to generate knowledge &produce action
Research Process Post-structural Dissect texts & deconstruction practices Mainstream approach: Reject falseDominant culture dichotomies is privileged
Research Process Beltran Ty in in Illinois Indiana
Paths Crossed NIU InternationalRefugee Resource Collaborate Training Office• Work with • Minority & • Work together refugees in refugee projects • Refugee Indianapolis • Field visits: Resource goes refugee service to NIU providers in • NIU goes to Illinois & Indiana Indiana
Biases Anti- Action todictatorship Question Social bring about human authority justice social rights change activists
Research Process Maira Rey Ty Beltran- Figueroa Refugee Northern Resource & Illinois Research University Institute
Collaboration Communities Federal Academia Government Research & Service Providers
Federal Grants NIURefugee Resource International Training Office Department of Health; Department of Department of State Agriculture
Federal Grants Department of Health Department Department of of State Agriculture
ResponseRefugee Resource• First: Community identify needs• Then: Submit proposalsNIU International Training Office• First: State Dept identifies needs• Then: Individuals identify community needs
Embeddedness & Politics of Grants Refugee NIU International Resource Training OfficeWeaving Continue WillProject Depend despite fundingpart of on If so… no new be Farm Congress funding slashed?Project
Weaving for Women Project10,000 refugees in Indianapolis4000 women300 Karen Families; 800 KarensPersecution; trauma & isolationGendered approachWeaving to reconnect10 families in weaving projectWomen in other refugee groupsinterested
Implementation of the ProjectComponent ofKaren Farm Project 10 Karen women not in Farm Project Bi-monthly meeting; participatory Support Farmers Market Promotion Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Looms in apartments
Accountability Take Take responsibilitycharge of & learningone’s life Principles from decision Guiding the Project Recognize Celebrate, app expertise, perso reciate & nal & group experience to recognize each transcend other’s barriers strength
Ownership1. The looms belong to Refugee Resource.2. New organization: Burmese Community Center for Education a. staff & president are Karen at Karenni. b. Grassroots organization c. Know their communities d. Slowly pass on the project to them until it becomes a partnership.3. From the profits: they plan to buy looms so that more can participate.
Production, Marketing & Sale1. Refugee Resource bought the materials (looms, threads).2. Karen women get the profits from the sale of products.3. After selling 25 bags (first batch), Refugee Resource will stop buying threads for the weavers.
Critical Reflection1. If you have experience working with refugees, please share with us.2. Critique of current practices in dealing with non-European Americans in general & with international refugees in general.3. Tasks ahead: What must be done?