Learning projects help Cornell students engage with community organizations, residents

By: Matt Steecker,  Ithaca Journal
February 26, 2021

“Cornell University has partnered with local organizations, including Southside Community Center and Mutual Aid Tompkins, for community-learning projects with various objectives including learning how to address opioid use by the Black community,” writes the Ithaca Journal. “Jerel Ezell, assistant professor in Africana Studies and team lead, calls the project a ‘multilayered community partnership, student-to-neighborhood cultural exchange.’”

The project team will conduct surveys, oral histories and interviews with hundreds of people who use drugs to better understand their backgrounds, drug use behavior, and medical and social needs.

Anthropology major Bianca Garcia ’23 told the Ithaca Journal that the research “focuses on Black, Native American, indigenous and Latinx people who have been overlooked by the medical and community systems.”

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Cornell Student Briana Johnson