MW Research

RESEARCH & EVALUATION:

The Negotiation of Urban Youth and Peer Educator Identities:
My dissertation research entitled, The Negotiation of Urban Youth and Peer Educator Identities, explores how youth experience and interpret identities as urban youth and peer educators. I invited ten youth who participated in my arts-based peer education program to reflect on their experiences using arts-based research methods. These youth produced an identity map to enter an interview discussion on the complexities of these identities. I poetically transcribed their interviews into data poems. The youth served as study participants with research roles and engaged in two research meetings to review, discuss, interpret, and analyze the study themes. They also “talked back” to the youth identity literature to author group poems. We decided to display their personal and group re-presentations of their urban youth and peer educator identities as visual narratives in a public art research exhibit entitled, For Us, By Us. We hosted this exhibit on June 21, 2016 on the GW campus. Click on the thumbnails below to read each of the youth’s data poems representing our five study themes:
VIEW THEIR POEMS
(I would like to acknowledge Dana Delaney for curating the exhibit and the GW Knapp Fellowship for offering financial support.)

Evaluation Stance:
If you did not track it, it did not happen. This is the mindset of many funders. So, I have researched, developed and provided insight on many tools that
collect data in survey and individual/group interview formats. Rich data can be missed if we limit our evaluation plans to what can be quantified. We need
to tell more stories of our observations, or what the DC Youth Investment Trust Corporation call GEMS (Genuinely Exciting Moments). These count too!

PUBLICATIONS:

Copyrighted Curriculum:
Shastry, A., Addlestone, I., Ward, M., and Stephens, E. (2006, 2010). Steps to S.T.A.R.dom: Teen Life Club (TLC) After-School Program Curriculum.
Children’s National Medical Center. Washington, DC.

Book Chapter:
Ward, M. & Bullock, K. (2008). Beyond academic walls: Paradigms for intercommunity and interdisciplinary collaboration. In Chuan, G., D’Rozario,
V, Heong, A. & Mun, Cheah (Eds.), Character development through service and experiential learning. Pearson Education.

Peer-reviewed Research Journal:
Ward, M., McMahon, P., & Ingram, E. (2006). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among youth.
Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology, 1(1), 5-10.

ORAL & POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Accepted Abstracts/Hosted Workshops):

Ward, M. (2013, Oct). Seeing the forest for the trees: A poetic doctoral study guide. Abstract accepted for oral paper presentation at the 34th Annual 2013 Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice. Sponsored by the Journal on Curriculum Theorizing at the Bergamo Center. Dayton, OH.

Ward, M. (2013, Oct). Not another youth development workshop. Hosted a youth development training at the New Heights Community Partner Quarterly Meeting. Sponsored by the DC Public Schools (DCPS) New Heights Program Office of Youth Engagement at DCPS Central Office. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2013, Oct). An Aesthetic engagement with Promising Futures: A community-based youth development model for urban youth. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2013 Inaugural Black Doctoral National Conference. Sponsored by the Black Doctoral Network at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Philadelphia, PA.

Ward, M. (2013, Sept). A toolkit for building youth sexual intelligence. Two oral workshop presentations for service providers at the 3rd Annual Teen Summit. Sponsored by the Child and Family Services Administration Office of Youth Empowerment (CFSA OYE). Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2013, Aug). Parenthood: Beyond diapers, booboos, and training wheels. Two oral workshop presentations for youth and service providers at the 2nd Annual New Heights Summit. Sponsored by the DC Public Schools New Heights Program Office of Youth Engagement at Gallaudet University Kellogg Center. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2013, July). Promising Futures: A youth development pipeline for engaging urban youth. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2013 Teach-In: Remixing the Art of Social Change. Sponsored by Words, Beats & Life at Howard University. Washington, DC.

Bellard, M. and Ward, M. (2013, July). Pay Yourself: Financial Literacy 101. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the 2013 Hope Conference. Sponsored by Generation Hope. University of Maryland. College Park, MD.

Ward, M. (2013, Apr). Promising Futures: A youth development pipeline for urban youth. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the 2013 Annual GW Research Days Symposium at the Marvin Center at the George Washington University. Washington, DC.

Benn., G., Ward., M and Jamar, L. (2013, March). Hip hop, cultural competence, pedagogy and the role of the community educator. Abstract accepted for a panel discussion at the 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference. Sponsored by Teacher’s College at Columbia University. New York, NY.

Ward, M., Contreras, D., and Shelton-Epps, B. (2013, March). An aesthetic engagement with Promising Futures: A community based youth development model for urban youth. Abstract accepted for a performance at the 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference. Sponsored by Teacher’s College at Columbia University. New York, NY.

Ward, M., Contreras, D., and Shelton-Epps, B. (2013, Feb). An aesthetic engagement with Promising Futures: A community based youth development model for urban youth. Abstract accepted for oral presentation in the 10th Annual Educational Symposium for Research Innovations (ESRI). Sponsored by the Graduate School for Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at The George Washington University. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and James, L. (2012, July). Please don’t change the station: How provocative visual public service announcement can raise awareness and change attitudes in the global youth community. Abstract accepted for oral presentation in the Women’s Networking Zone. Sponsored by the DC Community Coalition Youth Core. 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). Washington, DC.

Kalkstein, K., Oluigbo, O., Ekobika, L., Terlikowski, J., Blauw, N. and Ward, M. (2012, July). Role of youth in female condom programming, experiences from Zimbabwe to DC. Invited panelist on ‘From “no way” to “yay” – Community engagement in female condom programming’. Sponsored by the Universal Access to Female Condoms Joint Programme, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), National Female Condom Coalition (NFCC). 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). Washington, DC.

Ramirez, J., Spencer, T., and Ward, M. (2012, July). Panelist on Youth and HIV for film screening of ‘The Other City’. 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and McKay, J. (2012, July). Snapshots of HIV Stigma in the United States. Abstract accepted for an oral workshop presentation at the Youth Pre-Conference for the International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2012). Washington, DC.

Ward, M., Sanders, R., and Dharmapuri, S. (2012, March). Youth as advocates. Abstract accepted for workshop presentation at the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). New Orleans, LA.

Casemore, B., Perry, V., Bierzynski, D., Radic, A., Graham, C., Vanden Boogart, A. and Ward, M. (2012, Feb). A conversation about community engaged education with GW’s Community-Engaged Teaching Program. Invited for panel discussion at the 10th Annual Educational Symposium for Research Innovations (ESRI). Sponsored by the Graduate School for Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at The George Washington University. Washington, DC.

Kamangar, A., Bierzynski, D., Wei, M., Spillane, N., and Ward., M. (2012, Feb). Rethinking and investigating traditional notions of curriculum: A synoptic montage approach. Abstract accepted for symposium presentation in the 10th Annual Educational Symposium for Research Innovations (ESRI). Sponsored by the Graduate School for Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at The George Washington University. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and Ramirez, J. (2011, December). HIV in DC-ity: How DC youth prepare a takeover for AIDS 2012. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Stigma at Howard University. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and D’Angelo, L. (2011, October). Creating a program to promote adolescent and provider communication: “Keeping it real in more way than one”. Abstract accepted for oral presentation at the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC.

Ward, M., Little, M. and Mason, N. (2011, June). The Basics on Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs). Sexually Transmitted Infections Coordinating Committee (STICC) Annual Youth Summit. Co-Sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and Dongala, A. (2011, June). Young, sexy & safe. Post-performance sexual health workshop at “Bootycandy” by 2010 Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O’Hara. Wolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2011, April). Adolescent Community Health: Engaging Youth in the Process. Child Health Advocacy Institute 2011 Advocacy Day. Children’s National Medical Center. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2010, December). Best Practices and Lessons Learned with Focus on Youth + ImPACT. Community Practice Session. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV Prevention Leadership Summit (HPLS). Marriot Wardman Park Hotel. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2010, September). Saying YESS to Peer Pressure. United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL.

Ward, M. (2010, August). Designing Interactive and Innovative Youth Based Trainings for Teen Peer Educators. Metro TeenAIDS HIV Prevention Capacity Building Symposium. Marvin Center- George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2010, April). Moderated Youth Panel on Access to Care. National Coalition for Adolescent Health. American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). Barbara Jordon Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2009, September). How to Use Social Networking Sites to Advance Public Health. Mid Atlantic Public Health Training Center. St. Paul Plaza Conference Center, Baltimore, MD.

Ward, M. (2009, April). OMG, IDK if U Get it (Moderated Youth Panel on Social Networking for Adolescent Health Programming). National Coalition for Adolescent Health. American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM). Barbara Jordon Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation. Washington, DC. 2009

Ward, M., Addlestone, I., Stephens, E. and D’Angelo, L. (2008, December). Embracing the Role of Peer Education Models in STD/HIV and Violence Prevention. Pediatric Trends. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. and Bullock, K. (2007, April). Transforming the Community through Community-Based Research and Learning. Community Research and Learning Network (CoRAL). American University. Washington, DC.

Ward, M., Subramanian, A., Bullock, K., and Cameron, D. (2007, March). Beyond Academic Walls: Paradigms for Intercommunity and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Character Development through Service and Experiential Learning. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Singapore.

Ward, M. (2006, August). Panelist on the Hip Hop and Reggae Dance Hall Kings and Queens: Dropping it Like it’s Hot in the Youth and African/Black Diaspora Stream. Sponsored by the Rexdale Community Health Centre and African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO). XVI International AIDS Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Ward, M. (2006, May). Crazy, sexy, cool: The impact of hip hop on sexual decision making. The AIDS Alliance 12th Annual VOICES Conference. Crystal City, VA.

Ward, M. (2005, December). How attitudes on sex and sexuality influence the perceived risk of HIV infection among black college students. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Ward, M. and McMahon, P. (2005, December). Gender differences in mutually violent dating relationships of black youth. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Ward, M. (2005, November). Increasing male responsibility in teenage pregnancy. Abstract accepted for session presentation at the Healthy Teen Network Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

Ward, M. (2005, June). Crazy, sexy, cool: Using hip hop expressions to reduce HIV infection among youth. Abstract accepted for session presentation at the Health Equity and Diversity Conference. Toronto, Ca.

Ward, M. (2005, May). Crazy, sexy, cool: How hip hop influences the sexual decision making of youth. Abstract accepted for session presentation at the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families VOICES Conference. Alexandria, VA.

Ward, M. (2005, May). Crazy, sexy, cool: Using hip hop expressions to reduce HIV infection among youth. Session presentation at the Maryland AIDS Administration ‘411 on HIV’ Youth Summit. Baltimore, MD.

Ward, M. and McGoy, S. (2005, April). Crazy, sexy, cool: How hip hop influences the sexual decision making of youth. Main speaker at the Tennessee State University Hip Hop in the City Summit. Nashville, TN.

Ward, M., McMahon, P., and Ingram, E. (2005, April). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence perpetration among black youth. Paper presented on the Teen Inter-gender Dating Violence panel at the 6th National Conference on Family and Community Violence Prevention Program. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ward, M. and McGoy, S. (2005, February). Crazy, sexy, cool: Using hip hop expressions to reduce HIV infection among youth. Session presentation at the National Association of People Living with AIDS (NAPWA) Ryan White National Youth Conference. Nashville, TN.

Sheats, J., Stevenson, T. and Ward, M. (2004, September). Everything you needed to know about getting into college or graduate school but never asked. Concurrent session presentations at the New Light Leadership Coalition 6th Annual Youth & College Leadership Summit. Washington, DC.

Ward, M., McMahon, P. and Ingram, E. (2004, November). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence among youth. Paper presented as a poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. Washington, DC.

Ward, M. (2004, October). HIV infection among black college students. Paper presented on the “Girls and other Vulnerable Populations Panel” at the Sister Love Incorporated and Spelman College Women’s Research & Resource Center sponsored Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS in Africa and the African Diaspora: Learning from Our Lives, for Our Lives Conference. Atlanta, Ga.

Ward, M., McMahon, P. and Ingram, E. (2004, April). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence among youth. Paper presented as a poster presentation at the Morehouse College Fourteenth Annual Public Health Conference. Atlanta, Ga.

Ward, M., McMahon, P. and Ingram, E. (2003, November). Identifying risk factors associated with intimate partner violence among youth. Paper presented as a poster presentation at the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, Ca.

Ward, M. HIV/TB trends and rates among black and white populations (2002, April). Poster presentation at the Morehouse College 14th Annual Frederick Everett Mapp Science Symposium. Atlanta, Ga.

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