CBRI Information

The Community-Based Research Initiative (CBRI) is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research and individual GVSU faculty.  

Established in 2010, the CBRI provides funding and administrative support for community based research initiatives over a 2 year period.  The intent of the initiative is to provide support for faculty members engaged in meaningful research and scholarship with students and community members.  CBRI projects support the Principles of Community-Based Research (Strand, et al, 2003):

1) CBR is a collaborative enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members (For more info: p8-11)

2) CBR validates multiple sources of knowledge and promotes the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination of the knowledge produced. (p.11-13)

3) CBR has as its goal, social action and social change for the purpose of achieving social justice (p.13-15)

What is Community-Based Research?  Why is it unique?

Who is the "Community" and how do I find Community Partners?

10 Principles of Successful Community-Campus Partners

Examples of GVSU CBRI Projects

  • Act on Racism, Project Faculty Director, Dr. Jennifer Stewart, 2011-2013
  • Speaking Out, Project Faculty Director, Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss, 2011
  • Young Lords Project of Lincoln Park, Project Faculty Director, Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss, 2012

Other offices and programs supporting community based research at GVSU include: the Community Service Learning Center, the Office for Community Engagement, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence.

Page last modified August 2, 2013