Chapter 9: By us, for us: a women of color student activist photo-narrative exhibit for sociopolitical wellbeing
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Sociopolitical wellbeing is characterized by experiences of integrated psychosocial, emotional, and physical thriving, together with a critical consciousness of the complexities of activism (Fernández, 2020). By Us, For Us: A Photo-Narrative Exhibit is a photovoice project that contributed to supporting women of color student activists’ sociopolitical wellbeing. Adapted as a photovoice visual methodological tool, the 21 photo-narratives highlight the racialized experiences of women of color student activists at a private Jesuit institution in the Silicon Valley (CA, USA). By Us, For Us provided student activists with an opportunity to critically reflect on their experiences, visually represent their stories, and transform the campus racial climate by publicly raising awareness of about struggles of belonging. Photovoice is discussed as a tool to support the thriving of communities, in this case student activists. As a resource, photovoice can also help raise awareness of injustices whilst cultivating sociopolitical wellness.

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