Students who have completed the GCPR program

2015 / 2016 GCPR Students

* denotes students who have completed all GCPR requirements but did not graduate with the certificate

Maia Dedrick: 

Doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, with a specific focus on archaeology. I hope to use participatoryDedrick 3 research methods to collaborate with communities on archaeology projects in Mexico and Guatemala. I was awarded a 2014 Seed Grant Award from the GCPR; you can read about my project here: https://participatoryresearch.web.unc.edu/current-seed-grant-awardee-abstracts/

Melissa Kimathi: 

KimathiMaster’s student, School of Social Work. I am particularly passionate about cross-cultural communication of all kinds, and about people being aware of and free to exercise their choices toward a collectively just and sustainable future. Research interests: Macro/community practice; arts-based community mental health promotion; international social work; participatory research; communication within social work and between social workers, professionals in other fields and the public around social change.


Adébukola Oni*: 

Master’s student in the Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health. Research interests: TransafricanOni folk medicine and systems of care; erotic and womb wellness; conflict resolution; incarceration and liberation geography; border studies; solidarity economics. What I learn here will feed into deepening my involvement in co-creating community-driven alternatives to policing and incarceration and inequitable healthcare/food systems.


 Shyra Peyton

Graduate student in folklore studies under theDepartment of American Studies. FolkloSIP Photorists study living traditions that cultural groups pass along throughinformal knowledge and observation. I hope to use my knowledge of community based participatory research to work with communities in documenting and presenting aspects of their culture that help outsidersunderstand the importance of stories, music,beliefs, dances, customs, crafts, and other artistic expressions of a group. Research interests: Expressions of Afrocentricity throughout the African Diaspora, holistic systems of care, urban folklore, and festivals as sites for identity definition and reclamation.