In educational research and professional organizations alike, knowledge communities have gained recent attention as sites for innovation, collaboration, and praxis (the union of theory and practice). These communities often function as decentralized spaces for knowledge-sharing and production, cultivating dynamic opportunities for community-building.
While most knowledge communities exist within a singular academic or professional sphere, we believe that knowledge communities can function productively across our positional locations. For instance, a knowledge community that brings together education scholars with parents of children in the public school system provides a different blend of knowledges than one solely oriented around academic research and discussion. Knowledge communities serve an important role in fostering our ability to engage intellectually and practically with some of our community’s most pressing challenges, and offer rich opportunities for university scholars and community leaders to work together.
Thanks in part to funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Fall of 2018, we worked to identify key faculty and community based thought leaders that will convene knowledge communities around 3 thematic areas that are centrally important to both our city and the academic interests of WFU faculty: environmental justice, immigration/refugee resettlement, and education. These leaders are uniquely positioned to facilitate diverse groups of WFU campus and community stakeholders in sharing, gaining, and producing knowledge.
If you are a community member or faculty member at Wake Forest interested in joining a knowledge community but you are unsure of where to start, please contact Shelley Sizemore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Knowledge communities will begin meeting in January and updates on meeting times, locations, and goals will be updated on this website.
Environmental Justice: Marcus Hill (community) & Dr. Rowena Kirby Straker (faculty)
Education: Renai Wisley (community) & Dr. Dani Parker Moore (faculty)
Immigration/Refugee Resettlement: Shereen Goma (community) & Dr. Alessandra Von Burg (faculty)
Shelley Sizemore (email@example.com)