At CCATE we believe that community-based, participatory research is fundamental for social transformation. Our Center for Participatory Research houses two research groups, the Community-based Participatory Research Circle and the Health Circle. Both groups are dedicated to research conducted by, for, and in the community, research that informs policy and builds community collective knowledge and leadership. These groups are led by CCATE parents, teachers and staff.

Our Research Presentations

2020:

  • “All the Knowledge of the World for and from Everyone,”  CCATE Community-based Participatory Research Circle invited as Featured Speakers at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, February 2020.

2019:

  • “The Exploration of New Epistemologies through Participatory Research,” Obed Arango and Holly Link invited as Plenary Speakers, representing CCATE’s Community-based Participatory Research Circle at the Fourth International Colloquium, “Derecho al bienestar humano ética global y eduación [Human Rights to Health, Global Ethics and Education], University of Guanajuato, Mexico, November 2019.
  • “La vida” y “Sueños” [“Life” and “Dreams”]: Dialogic Arts Pedagogy for New Epistemologies. Presentation by CCATE Teachers and Highschool Students at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, February 2019.

2018:

  • “Walls Down, Knowledge for All: Community Circles for Empowerment.” Presentation by CCATE Community-base Participatory Research Circle at the Tenth Annual Latino Communities Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, September 2018.
  • “La vida tiene muchas curvas [Life Has Many Curves]: Contemplating a Translanguaging Praxis.” Presentation by Obed Arango and Holly Link on language pedagogy at CCATE, Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, IL, March 2018.
  • “Using Your Voice to Affect Change in Your Community.” Presentation by CCATE high school group, Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow, at Norristown Area High School Diversity Day Conference, Norristown, PA, April 2018.

2017:

  • “Counterstories from the villa inmigrante,” a participatory research project by CCATE adult reading circle. Paper presentation at the Annual American Anthropologist Association Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2017.
  • “Bilingual Community Education in the villa inmigrante,” by Dr. Holly Link. Invited plenary talk on CCATE at the Third International Colloquium, “Derecho al bienestar humano ética global y eduación [Human Rights to Health, Global Ethics and Education], University of Guanajuato, Mexico, November 2017.
  • “Revolución Arte: Social Transformation in the Villa Inmigrante.” Presentation by high school leadership team, at the Ninth Annual Latino Communities Conference, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, September 2017.
  • “Revolución Arte: Social Transformation in the Villa Inmigrante.” Panel presentation by high school leadership team, film class and adult reading circle at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA, February 2017.
  • “Villa inmigrante,” by Obed Arango. Invited presentation on CCATE at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom School, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, January 2017.

2016:

  • “Building Pathways for Elementary School.” CCATE Research Group invited presentation at Rutgers University Conference, “Building Inclusive Pathways for Undocumented Students” October 2016.
  • “Revolución Arte: Researching our Practice as Educators, Parents and Students.” Panel presentation by high school leadership team, writing collective and girls empowerment groups at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA, February 2016.

2015:

  • “¡Cámara, Acción!.” Presentation of the CCATE film class at the Screening Scholarhip Media Festival, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, March 2015.
  • “Breaking the Silence: Immigrant Families’ Experiences with Immigration Policies and Schooling.” Panel presentation by CCATE families and scholar, Sarah Gallo, at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA, February 2015.