Public Science Project (PSP)
The Public Science Project (PSP) grew out of more than a decade's worth of participatory action research (PAR) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). First organized as The PAR Collective, PSP researchers began their work as a coalition of activists, researchers, youth, elders, lawyers, prisoners, and educators, launching projects on educational injustice, lives under surveillance, and the collateral damage of mass incarceration. Most of these projects have been situated in schools and/or community-based organizations struggling for quality education, economic opportunities, and human rights. Knowledge-sharing research camps set the stage for most of this work, designed to bring together differently positioned people around a common table to design and implement the research: youth and educators; young people who have been pushed out of schools and mothers organizing for quality education in communities under siege; prisoners, organizers, and academics. Most projects have vibrant advisory boards of youth, community elders, educators and/or activists to shape the work and hold us accountable to the needs and desires of local communities.
In Fall 2014, the Public Science Project was pleased to receive word that it had been awarded two new multi-year grants: a two-year national survey of LGBT youth, sponsored by a consortium of funders led by the Tides Foundation; and a five-year research project focused on access to higher education for underrepresented groups, which is supported by a US Dept. of Education "First in the World" grant to Univ. of Minnesota.