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Immigrants -- Cultural assimilation -- Oregon -- Multnomah County, Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects


This chapter tells a story about the CBPR research project, "Making Communities of Color Count" which partners researchers at the School of Social Work with the Coalition of Communities of Color in Multnomah County. It is not the only story about this project, as the voices of community partners and the rest of the research team are quiet in this retelling, but it is the one that centers the experience of the lead academic in this partnership. I center the joys and challenges of CBPR research, and the avenues that such opportunities offer for academically-based researchers, replete with avenues for learning, critical self-reflection and even for self-recrimination. This story centers the times I was stuck, confused and implicated in the forces that maintain the marginalization of communities of color. The reader will also see joy and enthusiasm sneak through, for this project has been, ultimately an incredible source of productivity, service, learning and empowerment (in its most dynamic of ways, as community partners have become more visible and influential through the project).


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