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Social Justice and Practicing Connection in a Complex World


cover art for podcastThe Practicing Connection in a Complex World podcast has come a long way since we first started! We're currently in Season 3, where we've been focusing on social justice in preparation for the upcoming 2022 Academy Series.

These episodes are created with Extension professionals, helping professionals, and community leaders in mind. Our latest two episodes feature incredible people doing really cool work in the social justice space.

Social Justice and Family Well Being (Season 3, Ep. 1)

For this episode, we talked to Shawn Trenell O’Neal, author of the upcoming 2022 Academy Series course, “Introduction to Social Justice Lenses for Family Well-Being.” Shawn is DJ, musician, and sound engineer, whose PhD research at the University of Colorado – Boulder examines the “processes of colonization and settler colonialism and its effects on cultural components such as visual art and music.”  His current work is the progression of his own social science theory deemed “Audio Intersectionality.” Listen here, or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

Recognizing and Responding to Inequity (Season 3, Ep. 2)

For this episode, our guest was Allison DeMarco, author of the upcoming MFRA course, “What Can Family Service Providers Do to Recognize and Respond to Inequities?” Allison is an advanced research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and adjunct faculty at the School of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on racial equity, poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, and well-being for residents of rural communities.

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