All 2020 Projects

Deep Water Initiative: Decolonizing Research – Alternative Research Methodologies in Western Academic Institutions.

Project Description

The Deep Water Initiative (DWI), and the Student Union and Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), hosted an interdepartmental online gathering on April 16, 2021 entitled – Decolonizing Research – Alternative Research Methodologies in Western Academic Institutions.

23 of CIIS’ students, recent alumni, and co-presenters shared their experiences and thoughts that addressed the question: How are researchers, from a diversity of backgrounds, adopting Anti-racist, Decolonial, and Indigenous Research Methodologies from within Western academic institutions in increasingly challenging times?

This gathering was a CIIS student and alum lead initiative, coordinated by Dr. Heidi Fraser-Hageman representing CWS, Tiffany Konyen representing Student Union, and Chantal Noa Forbes, PhDc, representing DWI. The vision for this gathering resulted from an academic panel that we co-coordinated in the Fall of 2020 entitled: Decolonizing Research – Indigenous Research Methodologies in Western Academic Institutions. Watch the full panel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeRdiTvsn0E&t=4193s

Moderators included Rev. Dr. Sunshine Michelle Coleman, Dr. Angela Michtlanxochitl Anderson Guerrero, Chip Mc Neal, PhDc, and Tiffany Konyen, M.A.

Successes/Progress:

An excellent event with a tremendous amount of positive feedback

Challenges Overcome:

April 21, 2021

Project Complete!