After we completed interviewing some of their teachers, the SSS students really felt like misunderstanding of the Latino culture played a key role in the negative experiences and negative relationships they had with their White teachers. So, we decided to reach out and (hopefully) raise people’s understanding and awareness through art. We decided to do a photovoice exhibit.
Photovoice is an active and change-seeking approach to research (see Wang 2006).
Through it participants take pictures that represent their everyday lives. Participants may choose to represent a specific part of their lives, or to be more general and open about what they represent. The participants then write captions or short stories to explain their pictures, and then they present the pictures and stories in an exhibit in the hopes of increasing understanding and learning among a chosen community. Often the exhibit is geared toward effecting some sort of policy change.
Click on the pictures below to read the full story. Because of ethics guidelines many pictures cannot be shown or only partially shown to sufficiently protect the participants’ anonymity.
Tear Down Racism, Build Up Unity