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  • Akilah Alleyne, Bill Anderson Fund Fellow

    Bill Anderson Fund Fellow
    Ph.D. Student, Sociology & Criminal Justice
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716

    Biography

    Akilah Alleyne is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, who works at the Center for Drug & Health Studies as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University of Delaware. Akilah believes that in the United States today, there is a social need for enforcing a basic human right of individuals—access to adequate housing. Akilah's values in community engagement and social action towards improving the overall lives and well-being of disadvantaged and underserved populations inform her research on housing instability, residential mobility, educational trajectories, disparate contact with the criminal justice system, and the development of social capital over the life-course. Akilah has worked on and supported the Wilmington Street PAR (Participatory Action Researchers) Project, which involves a coalition of community partners conducting an ethnographic community needs assessment of Wilmington's oldest and most violent neighborhoods. Researchers on the PAR project organize low-income persons who are either actively in or closely identified with the streets and the U.S. criminal justice system, and empirically document the lived experiences of study participants. Through experiences working on the PAR Project, Akilah has gained training and skills conducting a unique form of research, which as it involves using researchers from within a given community to gather data. This method also assumes that such researchers are best suited to critically examine individual and structural experiences of a marginalized, dismissed and forgotten population in society—street life-oriented people. Akilah holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware and plans to complete her doctorate by the Spring of 2020.

     

 

 

Newark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassB7D1B5AC8B144082B3B24165429D21BC"><p>Akilah Alleyne is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology & Criminology, who works at the Center for Drug & Health Studies as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University of Delaware. Akilah believes that in the United States today, there is a social need for enforcing a basic human right of individuals—access to adequate housing. Akilah's values in community engagement and social action towards improving the overall lives and well-being of disadvantaged and underserved populations inform her research on housing instability, residential mobility, educational trajectories, disparate contact with the criminal justice system, and the development of social capital over the life-course. Akilah has worked on and supported the Wilmington Street PAR (Participatory Action Researchers) Project, which involves a coalition of community partners conducting an ethnographic community needs assessment of Wilmington's oldest and most violent neighborhoods. Researchers on the PAR project organize low-income persons who are either actively in or closely identified with the streets and the U.S. criminal justice system, and empirically document the lived experiences of study participants. Through experiences working on the PAR Project, Akilah has gained training and skills conducting a unique form of research, which as it involves using researchers from within a given community to gather data. This method also assumes that such researchers are best suited to critically examine individual and structural experiences of a marginalized, dismissed and forgotten population in society—street life-oriented people. Akilah holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware and plans to complete her doctorate by the Spring of 2020.</p><p> </p></div>akialley@udel.edu/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/ALLEYNE%202018%20CV.pdfAlleyne, Akilah<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/ALLEYNE%20Akilah.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bill Anderson Fund FellowPh.D. Student, Sociology & Criminal Justice

 

 

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