SAMUEL R. MENDEZ
"I could trace about 80% of my humor back to specific SpongeBob episodes."
Research Interests: community-based participatory research (CBPR), social determinants of health, digital documentary methods.
Long-term Goals: develop animation and video as participatory research methods; build empathy across community research partners; develop research partnership models and platforms to disseminate lessons learned.
Personal Note: I make films. I conduct community-engaged research. And I do (mostly) front-end web development. As I recognize the time & effort I put into learning these skills, I recognize the privilege of having such chances in the first place. I'm determined to use the chances I've been given to make the spaces & systems I occupy accessible to a wider range of people. I appreciate direct feedback if I unwittingly act against these values by making a space exclusive or unwelcoming.