Outside the Classroom
Research Methods in Practice: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods on the Job Market
Through funding from UNC College of Arts and Sciences, a panel on different research methods was held Thursday, October 22. The first in a series of professionalization workshops, the panel represents an ongoing collaboration between the Global Studies MA program at UNC-Chapel and the Master of International Studies program at NCSU. Our panelists included Brian Perry, who works with FHI360 using qualitative research methods; Rosemary Russo, who works with quantitative research methods for the Odum Institute; and Paul Mihas, who works on qualitative as well was mixed methods research design for the Odum Institute. Panelists were given the opportunity to describe who they are, the institution for which they work, and what type of research they have conducted. Afterward, attendees were given the floor to ask questions.
Following the event, everyone was invited to a buffet dinner where people could directly speak with panelists as well as mingle with other attendees. This was a wonderful opportunity to not only address questions about research methods, but a moment to meet people from NC State who are in a similar field. Taking into account the interests of students, the organizing committee for the event intends to host a series of skills-based workshops that will better prepare students for transitioning into the competitive job market.
Transplanting Traditions Community Farm provides refugee adults and youth access to land. By doing so, they are able to provide an alternative, supplemental income source, access to healthier food, and a shared cultural community space. Wednesday, October 21, students in GLBL 703 had the opportunity to visit the farm and see firsthand the incredible work being done.
Through the tour, students discovered the history of the farm, specifically the way in which people identified the needs of a community and then became proactive about providing for those needs. Students saw the vegetable garden, although because of the cold front from the previous week much of it was destroyed or already harvested. Nonetheless, it was interesting to hear about how the farmers grow enough to feed themselves as well as sell some, but then take any remaining produce and share it with members of their community. Additionally, students learned what types of vegetables the farmers planted, both indigenous to their land and more commercially acceptable here in America. Many students left the farm with a renewed sense of excitement. having seen the potential for two groups to create a collaborative environment in which people find joy, community, and economic opportunity.
Buckhorn Jockey Lot & Flea Market
First thing Saturday morning, October 10, several students from GLBL 703: Global Migration, piled into a classmate’s car and drove to Alamance County to experience firsthand Buckhorn Jockey Lot & Flea Market. Accompanied by Dr. Hannah Gill, students wandered through outdoor stalls looking at everything from fresh fruit to colorful clothing. The smell of fish wafted through the air as seafood lay on a bed of ice. Although the weather was dreary and not many vendors—most of whom are migrants—were present, there was a definite sense of hustle and bustle as more people began to arrive.
Together, the students wandered over to the enclosed area to look at items from pet birds to jewelry, but paying special attention to the leather boots. Many of these boots included long, pointed tips which curve upwards as wells as brightly colored rhinestones. As students laughed and took pictures of the stylish footwear, it was clear that there was a sense of excitement as the learning process extended outside the classroom. Although outsiders, the class attempted to better understand class materials and discussion by seeing the economic agency of migrants. It was also a wonderful opportunity for students to bond outside of the classroom, discussing everything from coursework to gun legislation in America. Experiences like this serve to underscore the community—both socially and academically—that makes studying at Carolina unparalleled.