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W+GRA Featured as Case Study

UNC Charlotte’s Women + Girls Research Alliance is featured as a case study in a new work on the practice of community-based research.

"Community-based Qualitative Research: Approaches for Education and the Social Sciences" was published by SAGE Publications; it was authored by Laura Ruth Johnson, associate professor, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, College of Education, Northern Illinois University.

"Women + Girls Research Alliance (W+GRA) is honored to be featured as one of three case studies in Dr. Johnson’s text," said Heather Brown, W+GRA executive director. "Community-based research is meant to be collaborative, critical and transformative. Our case study features the unique ways in which our work promotes collaboration between researchers and community, provides methods and opportunities for new voices to be heard in the research process and shares research results so that communities can use those results to shape practices and policies that are important to them and to their vision for their communities."

Film Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

UNC Charlotte researcher Margaret Quinlan and colleagues received a regional Emmy nomination for the film "Creative Abundance," which explores how art can redefine vocational opportunities and expand the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Quinlan, an associate professor in communication studies and core faculty with the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program, is a co-producer on the film. She was nominated by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category "Documentary – Cultural/Topical," along with lead producer Lynn Harter, professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University; and Evan Shaw, chief videographer / editor, WOUB.

“It is a huge honor in so many ways,” Quinlan said. “It is an honor that the individuals in the film allowed us to tell their stories. This documentary draws from years of research. Dr. Harter invited me into a research project she was working on in 2003 related to disability and sheltered workshops. My passion for creating these films started with that work over a decade ago.”