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Research and Instruction Librarian
Coordinator of Library Instruction & Liaison to the English Department
Safe Zone: Advocate's Academy
This supports the Safe Zone Advocate's Academy by providing guidance and resource for students who are conducting research for advocacy and activism.
UA Safe Zone
The UA Safe Zone Resource Center provides educational outreach, community support, and crisis intervention resources for LGBTQIA+ members of the University of Alabama community and their allies. The SZRC offers help connecting people at UA to LGBTQIA+ inclusive resources, provides training on LGBTQIA+ topics for UA students, faculty, and staff, facilitates LGBTQIA+ community building programs on campus, and works with the Safe Zone advisory board to advocate LGBTQIA+ interests at UA.
Make a Goal, Make a Plan
Research for Advocacy and Activism starts with an issue or a problem. What is the issue you are concerned with? How are you approaching the problem and what do you need to accomplish?
It’s important, even in the beginning of your research, to figure out what your goal is in relation to your issue. Is your goal to educate other people about your issue? Is your goal to change a policy or a law? Is your goal to gain recognition for something or someone or a group of people? All of these goals require a different plan, and the collection of different kinds of information. Once you set a goal, your research will enable you to make a plan.
6 Steps for Getting Things Done:
- Identify an issue
- Identify laws, policies, and regulations
- Research key actors
- Draft information
- Organize other people
- Step up and take action