Understanding the Impact of Equitable Collaborations between Science Institutions and Community Based Organizations: Improving Science through Community-Led Research

March 2nd, 2022 | RESEARCH

To advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, we must first understand and improve the dominant-culture frameworks that impede progress and, second, we must intentionally create more equitable models. The present authors call ourselves the ICBOs and Allies Workgroup (ICBOs stands for independent community-based organizations), and we represent communities historically excluded from the sciences. Together with institutional allies and advisors, we began our research because we wanted our voices to be heard, and we hoped to bring a different perspective to doing science with and not on communities. We created a community framework to guide our research and we led all aspects of our work, from creating research protocols to analyzing and interpreting the data to disseminating the results. We share our research framework, methods, and results so that science institutions can better understand how to intentionally create more equitable research partnerships with our communities.



Team Members

MarĂ­a Cecilia Alvarez Ricalde, Author, Green Jay Bird Conservancy
Juan Flores Valadez, Author, Green Jay Bird Conservancy
Catherine Crum, Author
John Annoni, Author, Camp Compass Academy
Rick Bonney, Author, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Mateo Luna Castelli, Author, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
MarilĂş LĂłpez Fretts, Author, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Brigid Lucey, Author, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Karen Purcell, Author, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
J. Marcelo Bonta, Author, J.E.D.I. Heart
Patricia Campbell, Author, Campbell-Kibler Associates
Makeda Cheatom, Author, WorldBeat Cultural Center
Berenice Rodriguez, Author, WorldBeat Cultural Center
Yao Augustine Foli, Author, Ndor Eco Village
José González, Author, The Avarna Group
José Miguel Hernández Hurtado, Author, La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino
Sister Sharon Horace, Author
Karen Kitchen, Author
Pepe Marcos-Iga, Contributor
Tanya Schuh, Author, Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio
Phyllis Edwards Turner, Author, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
Bobby Wilson, Author, Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
Fanny Villarreal, Author, Nosotros Radio


Identifier Type: DOI
Identifier: 10.1093/biosci/biac001

Publication: BioScience
Volume: biac001


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1422022

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1811234

Related URLs

Collaborative Research: Examining Contextual Factors Influencing the Implementation of Projects Designed to Improve Cultural Diversity in Informal Science Education Programming
Developing the Processes and Potential to Engage Historically Underrepresented Communities in Public Participation in STEM Research Through Authentic and Impactful Collaboration


Access and Inclusion: Black | African American Communities | Ethnic | Racial | Hispanic | Latinx Communities | Immigrant Communities | Indigenous and Tribal Communities | Low Socioeconomic Status | Women and Girls
Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: General STEM
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs