The Equity Center, U.Va.

The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship



Residents for Respectful Research (RRR)

Community and Practice Directors: Karen Waters-Wicks & David Edmunds
Faculty Director: B. Cameron Webb
Staff Lead: Sherica Jones-Lewis


The Equity Center has worked with Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) in order to establish RRR Residents for Respectful Research (formerly CRRB - Community Research Review Board).  The aforementioned board operates as a community-led companion to the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board (IRB).  IRB and RRR are working to form a mutually beneficial partnership wherein community participation prevents research projects from exploiting low-wealth residents from Charlottesville and ensures that the research conducted is beneficial to the community. It is also the expectation that university researchers will get more-accurate, more-practically effective and more-socially meaningful results through this collaboration. Community and Practice Directors Karen Waters-Wicks and David Edmunds are also members of the Equity Center's local and national advisory boards.
During the next three years, the RRR will continue the work it has begun together with IRB members to establish a prototype model designed to protect the safety and welfare of low-wealth housing residents in the region. The RRR program will also include development of a training component designed to facilitate completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training and build capacity for equitable partnership.

A Qualitative Evaluation of the Creation and Implementation of PHAR’s CRRB Powerpoint by Avery Leigh Bullock