Spring 21 Events

Spring 2021 Unapologetic Educational Research: Addressing Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy
QualLab & Educational Studies Research Series
The purpose of the series is to engage our alums and general audiences in thinking about and reflecting on what it means to conduct educational research from a standpoint that honors Black lives in the research process, while also disrupting racism and white supremacy. Given the unprecedented moment we are all experiencing in our lifetime we are committed to shifting the landscape of qualitative research and using this research to shift our sociopolitical context toward racial equity and justice. Each OSU Alum will engage in a discussion with Dr. Lori Patton Davis, Professor and Department Chair of Educational Studies, and Dr. Penny A. Pasque, Professor and Director of QualLab. This effort also aligns with the college’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative led by Dean Don Pope-Davis. Registration is below and the event will be closed captioned.

Guest OSU Alum: Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles NC State University
February 4th, 2021 3-4 pm est. Click here for the YouTube Video.
Knowing Better to Do Better! Unapologetically Using Critical Perspectives to Inform Research and Practice
It’s no secret that racism and systemic bias are interwoven into the fabric of American society. If not careful, we as researchers and policymakers can become passive participants in producing research findings, policies, and practices that sustain these inequitable systems and oppressive structures over time. Critical theories and perspectives give researchers tools to “see” what is often unseen, dismissed, and harmful to all of us. This talk will highlight some of the dangers in educational research that perpetuate inequities in education and society and work against anti-racism ideology and initiatives. The talk will conclude by challenging us to take risks (unapologetically) to disrupt the status quo to inform better research, policies, and practices that are more equitable and just.


Guest OSU Alum: Guest Alum: Dr. Mark Gooden Teachers College Columbia University
March 11th, 2021 3-4 pm est. Click here for the YouTube video.

Examining the Racialization of Positionality in Research Endeavors
The process of conducting research often privileges thinking that stems from post-positivist and quantitative approaches which influence our beliefs, assumptions, and “successes”, even if we engage in constructionist and qualitative research. Researchers frequently sidestep or minimize the meaning of doing research in a white-dominated world that still constrains deeper explorations of race. Thus, the impact of race and racialization is further “neutralized”. Expanding on (Powell, 2012), I define racialization as a set of beliefs, mental constructions, practices, cultural norms that support institutional arrangements that both reflect and help to create knowledge by maintaining race-based conclusions in research.
Guest OSU Alum Dr. Malik Henfield Loyola University Chicago 
April 1st, 2021 3-4 pm est. Click here to watch the YouTube video.

An unapologetically engaged approach to racial justice research in schools and communities
Dr. Henfield will discuss his unapologetic approach to school- and community-based research and the direct/indirect implications of this work for those of us in higher education settings. His community engagement research with schools (e.g., Atlanta Public School District, Baltimore City Public School District, Chicago Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and more) is a hallmark of his scholarship. He will address the ways his scholarly approach is vital to an unapologetic and racially just approach to research and supporting the next generation of racial justice scholars.

QualLab Lunches – Spring 2021 (virtual)
This event is back by popular demand! QualLab Lunches are a series of lunches that offer information about an important qualitative topic such as anti-racist research designs, ethics in ethnographic research, how to obtain grants with a qualitative design, and more. The video recordings of past events may be found in our QualLab Videos & Trainings Section here. Please register below.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact QualLab@osu.edu. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the college will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. A captioned recording of this program will be available within 7-10 business days following the event and posted to the Videos and Trainings page on the QualLab website. Have an idea? Let us know at QualLab@osu.edu.

Advanced Methods Institute – registration is open!
The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and QualLab at The Ohio State University are sponsoring a 3-day advanced methods institute entitled, Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers. The next one will be held June 2-4, 2021 in a virtual format (due to Covid-19). The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for an open and challenging discussion of the ways in which research methods impact the cultural relevance and sustainability of scholarly research in the social-behavioral sciences. The institute will be comprised of a series of workshops, with each workshop focusing on a methodological issue (e.g., sampling, design, measurement and data collection, data analysis) that has key implications for the protection of cultural identities, traditions, and ways of life. Workshops will build attendees’ skills, highlight issues relevant to research among diverse populations, and employ examples from data sets that address issues that are culturally relevant.