The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a body of Montagnard community members who set standards for scholars, journalists, researchers and others on behalf of MDA and the Montagnard community. Learn how the CAC review of proposals for research projects, scholarly work and service learning agreements establishes fair and equitable relationships between your organization and the community.
LATEST ON RESEARCH
Events and opportunities
- Our slide presentation from the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement
- Montagnard Summer Research Institute is coming in 2020!
- Research Network Lecture Series (coming link!)
- Traveling Exhibit: Montagnard Textiles (coming link!)
- Foodways and Ethnobotany Tour (coming link!)
- Working with Community: Community-Engaged Scholarship and Research (coming link!)
- Conference poster design and presentation workshop (coming link!)
- Annual Research Fundraiser
- Cultural and community Orientation and Training
- Next Network Quarterly Meeting:
- Deadline: Summer Institute proposals
Internship, Service Learning, Research, Global/Diversity Learning, Civic Engagement and Volunteer are six ways you can be involved.
THE Research NETWORK
THE MONTAGNARD / SOUTHEAST ASIAN COMMUNITY DISPARITIES RESEARCH NETWORK
We invite scholars, researchers, service learning and community engagement practitioners and others to join our Network and work together with the community to find answers vital to their long term capacity building and empowerment. Previously known as the Montagnard Health Disparities Research Network, our work and interests have grown to embrace many areas of investigation. The Network exists under the guidance of MDA’s newly formed Community Advisory Council (CAC). Because of this, research, scholarship, documentary, interview and study efforts are closely aligned with community interests, needs and giveback.
- Our Network CV
- Higher ed programs and community building
- The Research Network and community building
- All Research Network projects
- Publications, presentations, media
- Resource materials
- Network Members and Benefits
- Join the Research Network
Advocacy, Research and Best Practices: Why the Network is important Recognizing that the community has suffered both as an indigenous minority in its original homeland and here in the USA as a “minority within a minority” and from other Asian-American stereotypes, we took action to close gaps that have prevented fair and equitable relations between ourselves and the community. First, we worked within the community and through MDA. We undertook measures to train mothers and former health professionals and introduce them to resources and research methods. From them we learned about culture, customs and real struggles families faced in the wake of the Great Recession. For youth and next generation leaders, we employed college service learning and community outreach projects to deepen relations, emphasizing social justice and community organizing. With their help we undertook community-based participatory research (CBPR) and tested other equally demanding projects, and formed a network of like-minded academics, community members and organizers with shared beliefs in fairness and social justice. We believe that when community insiders and outsiders work together, then data is more likely to lead to information, information to knowledge and knowledge to wisdom.