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Principal Investigators: Dr. Jennifer Willett and Dr. Mary Hylton, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work

Community Partner: Communities in Schools

Title: Making the Invisible Visible with Photovoice: Addressing Slow Violence through Community-Based Participatory Research and Civic Engagement with Youth in Nevada

University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Social Work’s mission is to educate, train, and nurture competent, committed, compassionate, and diverse social work leaders who advance the social justice mission of social work through their leadership in research, public policy, academics, and clinical practice at local, national, and global levels.

The university is Making the Invisible Visible with Photovoice through community-based research, connecting high school students as ‘youth scientists’ with academic researchers and local partners. The research seeks to understand and resolve complex problems arising from manmade and natural disasters.

‘Youth scientists’ will receive training and information about civic engagement, particularly methods to influence and shape public policy, as they develop an actionable intervention plan. They will also lead critical dialogues within their local community, talking to those whose lives have been impacted by disasters. The research team will then develop a civic engagement intervention plan to address the major findings.

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