Centering Black Workers Through Practitioner-Led Research


This panel will highlight the Workforce Communities of Inquiry in the Deep South research model. Utilizing the Local Voices Network, an artificial intelligence that helps make sense of and identify common themes across complex conversations, organizations seek to identify promising practices for supporting the career and education goals and aspirations of Black workers and learners in 7 communities from 6 states in the Deep South. The panel will discuss the value that this unique, community-led approach brings to centering worker voices.

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  1. An asset-based approach to community research focuses on the dreams, aspirations, and expectations of research subjects.
  2. Open, honest, and safe conversations help practitioners determine cultural, social, behavioral, and environmental factors that impact the experiences
  3. How practitioners & community leaders can amplify the voices of those that have been silenced and serve as impactful change agents in their community.



Veronica Buckwalter, Director, Jobs for the Future

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  • Tags: career, diversity & inclusion
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Equity & Justice
  • Session Focus Area Continuing Education
  • Level: Field Experience

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