Global Justice and Equity Conference: Advancing Community-Engaged Research

This year’s Global Justice and Equity (GJE) Conference, organized by the inaugural cohort of GJE Fellows, focuses on advancing our understanding and practice of community-engaged research. Featuring Duke-based researchers and local practitioners, conference sessions include an exploration of multidisciplinary understandings of equity and justice, best practices for community-engaged research, and a case study of university-community partnerships to address food insecurity among the LatinX/Hispanic community in Durham. Attendees will leave with enhanced understanding about the opportunities, challenges, and methodologies for advancing community-engaged research. The conference will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the JB Duke Hotel. This conference is free and open to the public. 

Parking is available at the JB Duke off of Thomas Center Dr which is off of Science Dr. The address of the garage is 302 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708. No entrance is available off of Cameron Blvd.

Conference Schedule

Kerilyn Schewel, Faculty Director of the Global Justice and Equity Fellowship at Duke University will open the conference with brief remarks.

Join Dr. Kerilyn Schewel in conversation with Dr. Kay Jowers and Dr. Ed Balleisen as they discuss community-engaged research both in their own work and at Duke.

Edward Balleisen is Professor of History and Public Policy. Arriving at Duke in 1997, Professor Balleisen’s research explores the historical intersections among law, business, politics, and policy in the modern US, with a focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. He has pursued projects with historians and other social scientists who study regulatory governance in industrialized and industrializing societies. Balleisen’s recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017), emphasizes the connections between capitalist innovation and business fraud, as well as the efforts by private organizations and state agencies to curb the worst economic deceptions.

From 2010—2015, Balleisen directed the Rethinking Regulation Project, sponsored by Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics. Since 2015, Prof. Balleisen has served as Duke’s third Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, working with university-wide institutes and initiatives to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement.

Kay Jowers is Director for Just Environments at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Her work focuses on analyzing state regulatory and policy approaches to addressing environmental issues and engages with environmental equity, ethics, and justice in particular. She co-directs the Environmental Justice Lab, a collaboration with the Duke Economics Department.

Before joining the Nicholas Institute, Jowers worked as an environmental attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center and the University of Denver’s Environmental Law Clinic. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a J.D. with a concentration in environmental law from Tulane University Law School, a master's degree in environmental health sciences from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of South Carolina.

Kerilyn Schewel is co-director of the Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration, lecturing fellow at the Duke Center for International Development and senior researcher at the International Migration Institute. Her research examines the root causes of migration, with an emphasis on the themes of gender, youth, rural development, climate change and immobility. Kerilyn is delighted to serve as the faculty director of the Global Justice and Equity Fellowship Program. 

This panel developed from an organic conversation between an art historian and a marine social scientist about how offering a single definition for justice and equity is impossible. The lack of a concrete definition is a challenge for enacting equity and justice, and yet it is also necessary for enabling communities to define their own needs. In this panel, we explore the multiple working definitions of justice in our research and teaching. This panel brings together scholars from various disciplines at Duke University to explore approaches and challenges to defining and fostering equity. How does one define justice and equity from one's discipline and its methods? What is the operational definition of justice and equity you use in scholarly practices of research and teaching? What challenges and debates are scholars grappling with in one's discipline around equity and justice? We aim to create a space for interdisciplinary conversations about shared challenges and opportunities in advancing equity and justice.   

Eileen ChowAssociate Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesDuke University
Mark OlsonAssociate Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual StudiesDuke University
Grant MurrayProfessor of Marine PolicyDuke University     
Aunchalee PalmquistAssociate Professor of the Practice of Global HealthDuke Global Health Institute

This panel is moderated by SaeHim Park, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, and Robin Fail, Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Science and Conservation, Global Justice and Equity Fellows 2023-2024 at John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. 

Lunch will be provided at the JB Duke.

Community participation in research is increasingly recognized as a way to foster collaborative, equitable partnerships throughout the research process. This approach identifies the community as the primary unit of identity, builds on existing community strengths, and promotes co-learning and capacity-building among all partners. This panel brings together researchers, practitioners, and community members to discuss best practices for implementing community-based research in the sciences and humanities.

Nina SmithAssociate Professor Human SciencesNorth Carolina Central University
Ruth WyglePhd Candidate in SociologyDuke University
Mina SilberbergAssociate Research Professor, Duke Global Health InstituteDuke University; Duke Global Health Institute 
Charles MuiruriAssistant Professor, Population Health Sciences & Global HealthDuke University

This panel is moderated by Adrienne Jones, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Sociology, and Reshma Nargund, Ph.D. Candidate in the Nicholas School for the Environment, Global Justice and Equity Fellows 2023-2024 at John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. 

This panel will explore the origin, evolution, and ongoing success of the weekly food distribution program run by the Root Causes Fresh Produce Program, a Duke student run group. The program expanded during COVID in response to the increased urgent need to address food insecurity among the Hispanic/LatinX population in Durham through a collaboration between Root Causes Fresh Produce Program, El Centro Hispano and food distribution partners such as Duke Campus Farm, among many others. This panel aims to highlight the “community” aspect of the concept of “community-engaged research” and illustrate how community organizations, Duke institutions, and students come together to confront the challenges that arise when COVID and food insecurity reinforce underlying inequities. 

Elaijah LapayUndergrad StudentDuke University
Scott “Esko” BrummelInterim Assistant Director of Education Duke Initiative for Science and Society
Saskia CornesDirector of Duke Campus Farm and Assistant Professor of the Practice, Duke Franklin Humanities InstituteDuke University 
Rubi MoralesCommunity Health ManagerEl Centro Hispano

This panel is moderated by Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, and Miguel Martinez, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Global Justice and Equity Fellows 2023-2024 at John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University. 

Closing remarks from Eve Duffy, Associate Vice Provost for Global Affairs at Duke University.