DEI Speaker Series: Pursuing Equity Through Culturally Appropriate Focus Groups: An Informal Conversation


The world faces a number of crises, namely inequalities in education, health care and access to healthy living conditions and economic opportunities. As researchers, we have a choice: consciously design research that contributes to justice or be complicit in maintaining the status quo. Join Jori N. Hall, professor in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program, for an informal conversation about how culturally appropriate focus groups can play a vital role in addressing inequality. Participants in this session will discuss what makes a focus group culturally sensitive; important considerations when developing, implementing and moderating CR focus groups; as well as different ways researchers might seek equity through CR focus groups in their studies.

Brief Biography: Jori N. Hall, PhD, Professor in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies Program at the University of Georgia, is an award-winning author and multidisciplinary researcher. Dr. Hall is interested in social inequalities and the general rigor of social science research. Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed works in scholarly venues; is the author of Focus Groups: Culturally Responsive Approaches for Qualitative Inquiry and Program Evaluation; and was selected as a Leaders of Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) Fellow by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Hall is the 2020 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group Scholarly Leader Award for scholarship that has contributed to culturally appropriate evaluation. She is also the acting co-editor of the American Journal of Evaluation.

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About the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series

These dialogues serve as a space for members of the MFE COE community to come together for an hour of learning and reflection alongside scholars and activists from inside and outside the MFE COE who are doing work related to justice.

The Mary Frances Early College of Education encourages all members of the community to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodation for this event, please specify the accommodation you will need by April 4 to [email protected]

For more information about the series, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ([email protected]).


Tuesday April 12 from 12:00 p.m.

for 1:00 p.m.

Virtual event

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