The purpose of Design Dialogues was to provide opportunities for youth served by schools and organizations in the River Bend and King-Irving neighborhoods to share knowledge about their community spaces and learning places that could help guide the development of several ISU projects in those contexts. Katherine Richardson Bruna from the School of Education, Kimberly Greder from Human Studies and Family Development, and Jane Rongerude from Community and Regional Planning obtained funding in relation to their respective ISU 4U Promise, Juntos, and River Bend Neighborhood Planning projects through a Fall 2014 ISU College of Human Sciences Collaborative Intramural Seed Grant.
As a means of generating Design Dialogues knowledge, youth create individual and collective “maps” reflecting their perspectives of place-based assets and challenges. ISU 4U Promise postdoctoral research associate, Carla A. McNelly, and ISU Communities Field Specialist, Glennda M. Bivens, led the implementation of the Design Dialogues process at Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM) in fall 2015 and at Callanan Middle School (CMS) in fall 2016. This involved overseeing interdisciplinary teams of Iowa State undergraduates who were enrolled in a special course supporting their involvement as small group facilitators for Design Dialogues youth.
In addition to informing Iowa State efforts in the River Bend and King-Irving neighborhoods, insights gained through the Design Dialogues process has been shared with community and school partners to promote broader awareness of youth's experiences.
The Design Dialogues team would like to acknowledge the following collaborators’ contributions to the Design Dialogues project:
Angelica Reina – Post Doctoral Research Associate, ISU 4U Promise
Jacqueline Nester – Graduate Student, Community and Regional Planning
Dontreale Anderson – Program Coordinator, CFUM
Carla Dawson – Program Coordinator, CFUM
Claudia Gonzalez – Program Coordinator, CFUM
Emmett Phillips – Program Coordinator, CFUM
Andrea De Santiago - Undergraduate Facilitator 2015, School of Education
Josie Laska – Undergraduate Facilitator 2015 and 2016; Research Assistant, School of Education
Stacy Mears – Undergraduate Facilitator 2016, Human Development and Family Studies
Caitlin Rolfes - Undergraduate Facilitator 2015, School of Education
Tanatswa Tavaziva - Undergraduate Facilitator 2015, Community and Regional Planning
Frankie Torbor - Undergraduate Facilitator 2015, Community and Regional Planning
Courtney Towles – Undergraduate Facilitator 2016, School of Engineering
Sherrell Williams – Undergraduate Facilitator 2016, School of Journalism
Post Doctoral Research Associate
E115 Lagomarcino Hall
901 Stange Road
Ames, IA 50011-1041
Logo by Lorena San Elias, Whyld Girl, Children and Family Urban Movement