PhotoVoice as Community Engagement


INSTRUCTOR: Mark Padilla, Armando Matiz


SCHEDULE: Wednesday 3:00PM – 5:40PM

Course Description

PhotoVoice is an approach to community and civic engagement that involves the production of photographs taken and captioned by community members through a facilitated process of workshops and training. Students in this course will learn all the steps involved in the use of this methodology, and will contribute directly to a PhotoVoice project leading ultimately to a traveling exhibition intended to generate dialogue, educate the public, and promote policy change. The exhibition will be shown at FIU and other venues identified by the students and collaborating community members.

This course is taught in Spanish, and requires student assessment of Spanish language capacity. Students must be able to communicate effectively in Spanish and write at an intermediate-to-high level. The unique course is designed to introduce students to the use of PhotoVoice methodology to contribute to community-engaged research and policy, and involves students directly in community actions to address social problems affecting Latino and Latin American populations in Miami.