Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility
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Purpose of ICSR Research Working Groups
ICSR's Research Working Groups provide a structure to support faculty, staff, and/or graduate students to sustain critical research on citizenship, social responsibility, community engagement, and social justice, broadly defined. Working groups strive to create productive intellectual exchange among members, facilitate deeper understanding of the identified research topic, and create innovative ideas related to the topic of research. In order to apply click here.
Spring 2014 Research Working Groups
The Bootstraps Research Working Group
Back Row: John Hart, Interim Director of Adult Learner Services, WKU, Kristin Wilson, Associate Professor, WKU, Lee Alcott, Executive Director, Barren River Area Safe Space, Kelly Meredith, Ready to Work/Work & Learn Coordinator, Shannah Banks, Director of Education, Housing Authority Front Row: Liz Wade (polkadots), Social Services Specialist, Community Based Services, Marie Patterson, University of Kentucky Targeted Assessment Specialist
Final Report from the Bootstraps Working Group:
Our goal was to talk about the obstacles low-income mothers face, and if and how they
accomplish their postsecondary education goals.Self-sufficiency was a constant theme.
Finding housing, making sure that children and mothers are safe, addressing dependency
problems, finding treatment for mental or physical health problems are all immediate
needs for low-income mothers. The Bowling Green area offers a number of resources
to address these needs and many of those were discussed in detail, like domestic violence
shelters, housing programs, transportation programs, and child care assistance. The
Bootstraps members talked about focusing on "empowering people" and encouraging them
based on their strengths.
Third Space Research Working Group
From left to right: Dr. Jennifer Cribbs, School of Teacher Education, Tony Paganelli, University Libraries, Roxanne Spencer, University Libraries, Dr. Nielsen Pereira, School of Teacher Education, Dr. Sylvie Huang, School of Teacher Education, Dr. Jeanine Huss, School of Teacher Education
Dr. Andrea Paganelli, School of Teacher Education
Dr. Cynthia Houston, School of Teacher Education
Final report of Third Space Working Group:
The Third Space Research Group accomplished many of its stated goals. Most importantly, the group was able to meet and discuss their common interest in the concept of Makerspaces as Third Spaces in education. The group was able to visit Makerspaces in Louisville and is currently in the final stages of planning the Makerspace activities at the June 13 STE Summer Conference.