Little Rock, AR

Shandrea-Murphy Washington

Shandrea is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is working to build a think-tank that organizes community members, policy officials, and subject matter experts to tackle issues of structural inequality in the State of Arkansas. One of the most promising initiatives she is building is a Community Activism Academy. Under this initiative, she will provide community members with a paid opportunity to participate in a community-based research program. Shandrea will train participants in critical frameworks and research methods, then have them design projects particular to the needs of their area, where they will conduct interviews, focus groups, and other data collection for presentation to local stakeholders. She also wants to host issue-based summits that invite Arkansans to gain insight into organizing opportunities and resources for addressing issues particular to their needs.