(69) EmPOWERING Latinx Communities: Practicing Culturally Responsiveness Evaluation with Latinx Lens

Session Number: 69
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Lisa Aponte-Soto [Associate Director of Community Engaged Research]
Time: Oct 31, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
Room: Hilton - Veterans Meeting Room C

Audience Level: Beginner
Learning Outcomes (PD Workshops): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the relevance of social justice theories in evaluation
2. Identify key elements and methodologies guiding CRE practice
3. Describe the 9 steps of culturally responsive evaluation, highlighting the synergies and tensions in Latinx-centered practice
4. Develop strategies to employ CRE with Latino communities
5. Assess their own individual cultural locations and describe how these influence the design choices they make in their evaluation work

Session Abstract (150 words):  This workshop will focus on translating contemporary culturally responsiveness for actionable evaluation practices for and with Latinx communities. Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, accounting for 16.3% of the total population (2010 census). Enacting culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) with diverse multinational, racial, and ethnic Latinx communities demands highly skilled evaluators who can employ evaluation approaches which align and support diverse perspectives in all evaluation phases. The session will begin with a brief history of social justice oriented evaluation theories, CRE, and Latino Critical Race Theory (LatCrit). This paradigmatic framing will provide a foundation to discuss the nine-step CRE process in action with Latinx communities. Facilitators will highlight synthesized literature and draw on their own indigenous praxis-oriented perspectives. Participants should come prepared to ‘dig deep’ and share their experiences with Latinx-focused evaluation planning and practice.