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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 2014, the Public Science Project will again offer its Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Summer Institutes. For more information, see CRITICAL PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH SUMMER INSTITUTES 2014

The Public Science Project also hosts at its Graduate Center location the College Access: Research & Action (CARA) program. CARA supports the college access work of schools, community-based organizations, and universities by applying youth leadership strategies and best practices in educational reform. Specifically, CARA leverages young people's lived experiences and existing resources to develop programs that help students from low-income backgrounds explore post-secondary options and navigate the multiple obstacles to college acceptance, matriculation and success. While CARA's projects have been based in New York City schools, its policy and research work has wide applicability. For more details, visit the program's website at