This time, it’s a good experience that’s soon passing on into something new and bright — their time at Guilford will soon transition into their future.
JuJu is a Community and Justice Studies major and Social Psychology minor. Their focus is on identity politics and diversity work, specifically in Greensboro. She’s worked with a number of area organizations: Black Lives Matter Gate City, Beloved Community Center, Greensboro Counter Stories Project, and the Greensboro Housing Coalition. JuJu also volunteers with Every Campus a Refuge, a 501(c) nonprofit organization founded at Guilford.
JuJu’s coursework at Guilford allows them to get hands on with their passions. In their senior Capstone class with Community and Justice Studies Professor Sherry Giles, JuJu explains, students expand on the work of our Research Methods class by creating and implementing a critical participatory action research (CPAR) project. “CPAR is pretty remarkable when we talk about social justice,” JuJu says, “because it brings visibility to hidden injustices in a way that is accessible and from those directly impacted.”
Grounded in scientific methodology and social justice, critical participatory action research gives student researchers at Guilford a way to legitimize folks’ personal experiences of inequity and produce actionable research.
Through interdisciplinary research, JuJu has developed a social justice project called, H2 afrO.
"H2 afrO's goal is to have a generation of Black youth who hold water safety knowledge, swimming abilities, and an intimate connection with water by providing free lessons to folks from Black single parent, low-income families," JuJu explains.