THE HOMEPLACE RESEARCH COLLECTIVE
What is the Homeplace?
The homeplace is a safe space where black people can affirm one another and heal many of the wounds inflicted by racist domination. This space will foster love, respect, growth, and development which is intended to nurture our spirits. We view this homeplace as a community of resistance. (bell hooks, 1990).
To engage in radical healing with Black graduate students.
To foster a space of support for scholarly development, authenticity, and resistance to systems of oppression.
To build community with Black students, faculty, and staff to operate as a collective within UF
Radical Healing in the Homeplace Collective:
Radical healing is designed to assist marginalized groups with coping with racial trauma that negatively impacts their well-being (French et al., 2020). Radical healing moves beyond individual blame to calling out systems of oppression. We will use this framework to resist oppression and move towards liberation with our Black graduate students through five key components: critical consciousness, strength and resilience, emotional and social support, radical hope, and cultural authenticity.
The Research Project:
Utilizing the Black feminist epistemology of homeplace (hooks, 1990), the psychological framework of radical healing for communities of color (French et al., 2019), and a critical race counternarrative (Solorzano & Yosso, 2002), this study will explore the racialized experiences of Black graduate students at the University of Florida.
Drawing on the visual methodologies of photovoice (Wang & Burris, 1997) and photo-elicitation (Harper, 2002), this study will explore and amplify the voices of Black graduate students at The University of Florida. Embedded in critical participatory action research (CPAR), this study seeks to promote racial healing for Black graduate students within the university by centering their voices and experiences and engaging them as researchers collectively towards the provision of actionable policy and practice recommendations for key stakeholders (Manis et al., 2018).
Visual methods enhance the richness of data by discovering additional layers of meaning, adding validity and depth, and creating knowledge (Boucher, 2018; Harper, 2002; Wang & Burris, 1997). Photo elicitation evokes information, feelings, and memories due to the photograph's particular form of representation. In the expansion of photo-elicitation, the research team will also use the critical participatory action research (CPAR) approach of photovoice simultaneously, which also uses participant-generated photographs.
This project is currently being sponsored by The Advancing Racial Justice Through Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Grant from the University of Florida.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Tee (a Clinical Assistant Professor) earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at Clemson University. As a critical educator, he focuses on inquiry, practice, and pedagogy that helps disrupt oppressive systems in order to support racially minoritized students. His research agenda is centered in Black student involvement, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Black graduate students. His previous work utilizes critical methodological qualitative approaches such as phenomenology, photo-elicitation, photovoice, and critical participatory action research. Travis’ work can be found in the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, The Bulletin, The Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, and The Journal of Student Affairs. He ultimately hopes to become a university president of an HBCU.
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Jerell is a Student Affairs educator focused on bridging the divisions in higher education through a Critical Race Theory lense, and equipping racially minoritized students to add meaningful contributions to their communities as role models of character, leadership, and scholarship. He came to the University of Florida in 2018 to help build the UF College of Dentistry Office of Student Advocacy & Inclusion. In this role he focused on developing and maintaining student programs, building collaborative relationships, proactively solving problems and effectively managing multiple, competing projects. Continuing on to manage the UF College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs, he focuses on staff development and student services that bolster students’ personal, professional and academic growth.