This lab was created to investigate black women’s maternal and reproductive health experiences in Atlanta. This investigation is a response to the 2016 Reproductive Injustice Report by National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Sistersong that documented Black women’s morbidity as three times higher than the national average, whereas white women’s morbidity was too insignificant of a rating to report. This Project Lab addresses the question, “Why are black women’s maternal death rates so high in Atlanta? and, “Are black women and their families aware of this risk?
The lab seeks to (1) capture narratives of black women’s maternal health experiences, (2) produce a digital platform for black women to use as a resource to move from surviving to thriving, and (3) through collaboration between students, activists, and professionals and black women, produce creative expression(s), to bring awareness to this issue.
In this lab students will:
- recognize the intersectional nature of the issue: racial, religious, sexuality, gender, and political.
- conduct ethical and culturally responsive qualitative research, using ethnographic methodologies with populations historically treated unethically.
- use digital platforms as research and creative tools, as such Twitter, Facebook and etc.
- develop and demonstrate various types of written competencies: critical writing, transcription, blogging, and narrative, op-ed, and informational writing.