The Family Studies Research Initiative hopes to promote university-community collaboration in areas of common interest (e.g., child and adolescent development, poverty and homelessness, domestic violence, education, health and mental health, suicide prevention). The Advisory Board for the Family Studies Research Initiative is a diverse group of university researchers and community leaders interested in families who come together to collaborate or develop partnerships as specific opportunities arise. Contact information and profiles of board members are available on this website.
In addition, the Advisory Board for the Family Studies Research Initiative organizes a yearly activity/event. In Fall 2009, the Family Studies Research Initiative worked with Idaho KIDS COUNT to put on an half day workshop titled “Small Faces in a Big Recession.” During the 2010-2011 school year, Kara Brascia, Terri Soelberg and Elizabeth Morgan presented two workshops at BSU on conducting Community Based Research.
There is also a Family Studies Speaker’s Bureau for organizations to browse when seeking either a community leader or faculty expert to come speak or participate in a public or private event.