Panel: “Equitable Virtual & Hybrid Researcher-Community Partnerships”

Panel Overview:

Building on equitable partnership principles to advance social change for the public good, this session will explore how scholars have maintained and created community partnerships during the pandemic. Panelists will share best practices and reflect on how to build trust virtually while recognizing power differences, leverage online tools to create community-identified priorities, and embrace hybrid approaches towards collective impact.


Amy J. Schulz, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and University Diversity & Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan


Rebecca Bratspies, Law Professor at the City University of New York and Director of the Center for Urban Environmental Reform

Walter Dogan, Community Partner & Leader, New York

Sammy Kayed, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Environment Academy at the American University of Beirut

Mira Homeidan, Community Partner & Leader, Btekhnay (in the mountains of Lebanon)

Event Type: Panel

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Time: 2:30-4:00 pm, EST

Location: Online

Host: Rackham Professional Development & Engagement, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan

Co-sponsor: Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service & Learning

Series: Diversity Public Scholarship in our Evolving Digital World

Featured GHI Scholar

Sammy Kayed

Sammy Kayed
Managing Director | The Environment Academy | American University of Beirut | USA

Sammy Kayed is the Co-founder and Managing Director of The Environment Academy at the American University of Beirut -Nature Conservation Center (AUB-NCC). He has been working to deepen his understanding on how more transdisciplinary forms of expert-community co-creation can strengthen the capacity of multi-scalar environmental justice actions to navigate through the complexities and controversies of socio-ecological transformation. He has contributed to a number of peer-reviewed publications, including “Place-Born Resistance and Action in Lebanon,” “Multisource groundwater contamination under data scarcity: The case study of six municipalities in the proximity of the Naameh Landfill, Lebanon,” and “Transdisciplinary interventions for environmental sustainability.”