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UW Education Faculty Members Collaborate on Photo Project

May 14, 2013
Art installation
"Photovoice: Learning the Immigrant Story" is on display at Everyday Joe's Coffee Shop, 144 S. Mason St. (Old Town), in Fort Collins, Colo., throughout May.

A collaborative photo project, "Photovoice: Learning the Immigrant Story," is on display at Everyday Joe's Coffee Shop, 144 S. Mason St. (Old Town), in Fort Collins, Colo., throughout May.

The exhibition is a collaboration among University of Wyoming College of Education faculty members Kevin Roxas and Kent Becker, doctoral student in counseling Nicole Needs, and the English Language Acquisition Department in the Poudre Valley School District in Fort Collins.

A reception is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Student and parent participants in the project, teachers and administrators from the Poudre School District, and local community members will attend.

“During this project, we provided workshops to immigrant students and their parents asking them to share their hopes and dreams for school; what they hoped their teachers and their peer group could help them with so they could be successful in school; their personal stories of who they were; and what was special about their home lives and cultures,” Roxas says. “We also gave cameras to each participant so they could create visual images to accompany the text they wrote.”

In all, the team provided five different sets of workshops to different participant groups, with each set of workshops lasting five to six weeks. More than 60 individuals participated in the project, with more than 100 of their posters (each 2 feet by 3 feet) hung on the walls of Everyday Joe’s, an old warehouse turned coffee shop.

“Being a part of this project, with so many amazing and inspirational immigrant students, parents, teachers, paraprofessional and district-level staff, has been quite an honor and an important educational experience for us,” Roxas says.

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