Why Won’t They Show Up?: Authentic Community Engagement for Researchers

Are you having difficulty recruiting community for research studies? Are you struggling to build meaningful dialogue with community members and their allies? Does your research lack community input and awareness? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this December's Collaboratory is for you!

Learn practical tips on how to authentically engage communities and how to set your outreach budget up for success. We will hear from UCSF's Center for Community Engagement, PTBi's Community Engagement Team as well as community advocates to understand how researchers can make real change alongside those who are impacted most.

Remote access is available.



4:30 - 5:00pm | Refreshments served

5:00 - 6:30pm | Presentations and discussion

Keynote Speakers:

Starr Britt

Starr Britt

As a catalyst for transformative change, Starr Britt has a history of engaging stakeholders from the grassroots level to the upper tiers of government. Britt currently serves as an active doula, specializing in postpartum and full spectrum doula care and working with the Sanja Rita Jail Doula Program, with Roots of Labor Birth Collective. Britt is also a member leader at Essie Justice Group, working on the Because She's Powerful Campaign, Facilitating Essie's Healing to Advocacy program for women with incarcerated loved ones, and the National Mama's Day Bail Out. Britt enjoys mothering her two children, Maya & Tay, as well as live music, discovering new exciting recipes and traveling.

Daphina Melbourne

Daphina Melbourne

Daphina is the Community Engagement Associate at the California Preterm Birth Initiative. Daphina has worked with women across the life course bridging the gap between community and research to ensure that those at the margins are always centered in research development and priorities. She has over fifteen years of reproductive justice organizing experience.

Roberto Vargas

Roberto Vargas

Roberto Ariel Vargas is the Associate Director for UCSF's Center for Community Engagement. Roberto participates in—and sometimes leads—multi-stakeholder health initiatives that provide opportunities for UCSF to leverage its research and science expertise and resources.  Roberto also helps disseminate evidence-based practice nationally, leveraging the experiences of UCSF’s research, science and public health partnerships to inform health initiatives broadly. 

Se-Lah Wehner

Se'Lah Wehner

Se’Lah Wehner is a wife and mother of seven children. She has a strong dedication to birth work, focusing on the support of women and their food intake during and after pregnancy. She is a birth worker (“doula”), Egyptian Yoga Instructor and has training in womb trauma. As she is inspired to raise herself and family, she will continue to sow seeds of conscious action through her thoughts, works, and influences. Se’Lah’s future goal is to evolve as a birth worker and make a positive contribution to the Diaspora community domestically and globally.


Remote Access

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