This panel discussion explores tensions and opportunities when communities and university-based researchers collaborate. Based on a decade-long collaboration between Queen Quet, the Chieftess and Head of State of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and Kate Derickson, faculty member in Geography, Environment and Society, the panel will include a discussion of the model for effective collaboration and communication, strategies for including students in engaged research, and tools and techniques that have been useful throughout. We will also explore the complex historic relationship between Gullah/Geechee Nation and the University of Minnesota and how that conditions the ethical terrain of collaboration.
Kate Derickson runs the Praxis Lab (z.umn.edu/praxislab) and is the co-director of the CREATE project, funded by the University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges initiative to develop environmental research with communities. Her work has appeared in a range of journals, including Society & Space, The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, and Urban Studies. She is an editor of the journal Society and Space, an Associate at the U of MN’s Institute on the Environment and a 2015–2017 McKnight Land-Grant Professor.
Hannah Jo King (she/they) is a social sciences PhD student and environmental justice scholar in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at UMN-Twin Cities. Hannah Jo is a former research fellow with the CREATE Initiative, where they worked in partnership with the Gullah/Geechee Nation on community and ecological justice projects, and a current student researcher with the Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin Collaborative, a tribal-university program practicing community-driven research methodologies to protect Manoomin (Psiη/wild rice). Hannah Jo is an organizer struggling for causes such as anti-racism policies at the university, an end to Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction, and legal personhood rights for Mississippi River. Hannah Jo hails from Chicagoland and is obsessed with her plant pals (even more than her cat companion).
Moriah Shumpert is a queer Black feminist scholar. Their work explores the intersections of blackness and indigeneity across queer southern geographies. They are deeply interested in Black and African Indigeneities, Maroon histories of resistance, and Black queer histories of place. They have also worked within the scholarly fields of transnational feminism, care labor, and women’s work in informal economies.