Mapping Physical Space:
ON LEFT: Chi Vo, Program Coordinator with Duke's Office of Durham & Community Affairs, participated in a group exercise that challenged participants to create a map that tracked the physical location of their day-to-day activities and examine how those trajectories overlapped with those of their colleagues and the communities they serve:
"We pinpointed spots in Durham where we live, where we play, where we thrive in our everyday lives. We also looked at where our service-learning opportunities are and what our connections and intentions are in those spaces that we are fortunate enough to be invited into."
“Mapping my engagement with service-learning 10 years ago in Chapel Hill and today in Durham illustrated how long it takes to truly know the nuances and complexities of the community in which you’re working and how that sense of place is shaped by the areas you do and do not frequent. Tim and Tia conveyed the importance of recognizing how where you do and do not go is not something to be categorized as “good” or “bad,” but rather a dynamic to remain in tune with and keep within your awareness to determine if or how you might want to expand the confines of your own map.”
Tim and Tia can design a custom cartography workshop tailored for your course. Contact them for more information.
Tim Stallmann, Research Action Design (RAD). RAD uses community-led research, collaborative design of technology and media, and secure digital strategies to build the power of grassroots social movements. We are a worker-owned collective. Our projects are grounded in the needs and leadership of communities in the struggle for justice and liberation.
Tia Hall is a native of Washington, D.C. and graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Tia works from an ideology that all people have assets and strengths that contribute to the wholeness and overall health of their community. Tia currently serves as managing member of Yinsome Group LLC, (racial equity and cultural consulting firm), the director of the Harm Free Zone Documentary and Book Study Series for SpiritHouse Inc, the Community Research Director for the Bull City 150 Project and member of The City of Durham’s Racial Equity Task Force.