Community Activism Literacy Program (CAL)At the heart of IUME is its commitment to activism through research, using research as a tool for social justice. Therefore, the Institute is proud to announce an array of research projects that IUME students and staff are either leading or heavily involved in producing, each that promote teaching and learning and/or educational issues through an anti-deficit framework. Additionally, we encourage the community to be a part of our research, further collaborating with those who our research intends to benefit.
Community Activism Literacy Program (CAL)
In summer 2011, led by Post-Doctoral Scholar Arshad Ali, IUME launched a program in collaboration with the Arab American Association of New York (AAA-NY) exploring issues of literacy, civic life, and community engagement. Working with high school aged youth, the Community Activism Literacy (CAL) program serves the largely Arab American community of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The program goals are to develop academic, critical and new literacy skills among youth who have historically not been represented in popular media. This is particularly important within the Arab and Muslim American community in New York, who have most recently been experiencing increased isolation, political and cultural targeting.
This project has three primary research strands that explore: 1) the intersections of literacy and civic participation of youth as critical producers of media content through a youth-run, youth-initiated online newspaper; 2) the community-based leadership development of youth through their participation in creating educational and political action plans within the Association, their schools and local communities; and 3) the teaching of academic and critical literacies to elementary school aged English Language Learners. Such an initiative is particularly important in imagining the types of multimodal and multi-platform literacy skills important in an increasing digital and globalized community. We believe such sites of critical literacy development are ideal opportunities for teaching academic literacies in real world context.
For more information, questions, or comments about CAL, contact Dr. Arshad Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Ali is currently a Research Fellow for the Institute of Education at the University of London.