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Session Descriptions

Keynote Conversation

Setting a People’s Research Agenda: Obstacles, Possibilities, and Futures of Public Research

Through this roundtable discussion panelists will share experiences from ongoing collaborative and participatory research and the role of and relationship to the public university for each person’s work. This discussion features Shaun Glaze, co-lead researcher for the Black Brilliance Research Project and Sykina Butts, Delta State University Alum, journalist, and lead researcher for the Black Student Organization Oral History Project. Professor Carrie Freshour, UW Geography, will facilitate the discussion.

  • Carrie Freshour, UW Geography faculty

    Carrie Freshour is a Southerner and assistant professor of geography at the University of Washington. She teaches courses on qualitative methods, food and agriculture, racial capitalism, and the radical geographies of the PNW. Her work focuses on low-wage food and agricultural labor in the U.S. South, racial capitalism, carceral geographies, and the Black radical tradition.

  • Sykina Butts, Delta State University Black Student Organization Oral History Project

    Sykina Butts is a Delta State University alum and an English major. Sykina is a McNair Research Scholar and has completed internships with Asian Americans Advancing Justice & the Applied Cognition Lab at the University of Utah. Her research interests revolve around voter equity, cultural studies, and autonomous systems.

  • Shaun Glaze, Black Brilliance Project

    Shaun Glaze (they/them) is a research co-lead for the Black Brilliance Project, the largest Black community-led participatory action research project in the United States. In summer 2020, they helped spearhead work that guides Seattle’s budgeting efforts to divest millions from policing and reallocate public funding towards Black-led solutions that create true community safety, health, and thriving.


Co-creating an NSF proposal on civic innovation with community partners: Case study

Workshop Leader: Nic Weber and Chris Coward, UW Information School

In January 2021, the University of Washington Information School, in collaboration with MIT, was awarded an NSF Civic Innovation planning grant. This four-month grant is intended to allow us to work with community partners and develop a one-year $1 million full proposal. In this very current case study, two of the PIs will share their experience of undertaking this proposal development process, focusing especially on a number of challenges relating to trust building, power dynamics, racial representation, and the tension of needing to simultaneously meet the expectations of an NSF grant proposal and the expectations of the communities where we want to collaboratively serve. This project has generated a number of lessons learned and strategies for better engaging with community partners. Following a presentation, the workshop will divide into breakout sessions for participants to share their experiences and learn from one another.

Going Podcast: Bringing Stories to Life Through Open Audio Resources

Workshop Leaders: Elliott Stevens, Joanne Chern, Perry Yee, and Bryan Shipley, UW Libraries

In this active workshop, we will go through the steps of downloading the audio editor Audacity, searching for Open resources to use, recording our own voices and sounds, and putting everything together with Audacity.

Data Art for Activism & Advocacy

Workshop Leader: Negeen Aghassibake, UW Libraries

Data art is an increasingly popular form of communication and has potential to be used in activism and to advocate for people and ideas. This workshop will discuss the growth of data art and ways that it can help or harm, share some examples and tools, and give participants the opportunity to develop their own data art. Sample datasets will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own dataset. No prior experience with data visualization is required. An online drawing tool will be shared. This is a hands on, collaborative workshop that will encourage interaction with others in breakout rooms of 3-4 attendees. This session will not be recorded.

Advocating for Accessibility in your own Academic Work

Workshop Leader: Andy Andrews, UW Libraries

Advocating for Accessibility in your own Academic Work: 19% of all enrolled undergraduates report having at least one disability. When a student requests an accommodation to be made for course work, it can take several weeks for the disability office to remediate inaccessible materials. There are steps you can take to make your own academic work more accessible to those with disabilities. How do you do that? This workshop will provide you with simple, effective tools to help you advocate for accessibility without being an accessibility expert.

Make It Count! Telling Your Research Story with Impact & Engagement Metrics

Workshop Leader: Lynly Beard and Robin Chin Roemer, UW Libraries

What does it mean for research to be impactful, especially community-engaged forms of research? In this 90-minute workshop, attendees will learn techniques and tools for measuring, supporting, extending, and diversifying the reach of their research. Dig into real-world issues of impact and engagement with quick hands-on examples, and leave with tips for moving forward in your own careers.

Questioning Algorithms & Software Systems for Privacy and Bias

Workshop Leader: Bernease Herman, eScience Institute

In this workshop, we will learn about a number of data-intensive algorithms and software systems at the center of popular technologies and websites. We will then discuss how one may evaluate those systems, interpret performance results, and identify remaining risks to user privacy and disproportionate mistreatment. No experience in computing or data science is required.

Panel: Centering Trust in Research Practices

This panel explores approaches to and experiences of building relationships and trust between communities and the university. We acknowledge that research has in fact harmed communities, leaving community members feeling vulnerable and exploited. We would like to surface and reflect on these inequities and explore the possibilities of research in partnership with communities to co-create solutions to real world problems.


  • Dan Berger, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Bothell
  • Anat Caspi, Director, Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, University of Washington Seattle
  • Ken Gordon, Executive Director for the Association for Biomedical Research
  • Robin Starr Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn, Director of EdD program, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Moderated by Jenny Muilenburg, Research Data Services Librarian, UW Libraries