“A very belonging kind of place”: A community-based exploration of inclusive school practices.

Authors: University of Michigan Community-based Ethnographic Research Team- Michelle J. Bellino, Saraí Blanco Martinez, Claire Boeck, Scott J. Bridges, Erin R. Elliot, P., Alexander Miles, Katelyn M. Morman, Matt F. Park, Bernardette J. Pinetta, TasneemPota, Darrius D. Robinson, Angela M. Schöpke-Gonzalez, & Melody Wilson. 

Products co-created with above list of authors: Attached is a PDF of the report and a brief video presentation, which you can access here

Sponsor: This was a project sponsored by the Ginsberg Center‘s Community Engagement Grant.

Description: This project emerged in the context of a graduate-level course on ethnographic research methods and community partnerships, set in a school that has responded proactively to a rapidly changing community context. In dialogue with school leaders working in Melvindale High School (MHS), we ask: How do we create schools that are welcoming and inclusive for newcomer students and families with diverse identities and experiences? Our question centers on diversity, equity, and inclusion in Southeast Michigan communities, exploring the experiences of im/migration, schooling, and belonging within and across borders. It also attends to U-M students’ needs as learners and educational researchers-in-training in a globalized world, where transnational identity and belonging are central to individual, community, and school experiences.  Access the full report (PDF)

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