Center for Participatory Research

MSC09 5060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Medical Arts Building II
Rooms 201-205

Phone: (505) 925-0715
Fax: (505) 272-4494

Mission, Goals and Values

Our Mission:

The mission of the Center for Participatory Research is to support a collaborative environment within UNM that is aligned with core values of community partnership, equity, and participatory engagement in order to co-create new knowledge and translate existing knowledge to improve quality of life among New Mexico’s diverse populations.

Our Goals:

Research Support and Technical Assistance:

  • Promote and develop a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and community-engaged research portfolio in the institution.
  • Provide technical assistance to faculty, fellows, students, and community constituents to increase CBPR grants submitted and awarded.
  • Develop mutual appreciation for the integration of academic evidence with community evidence (including indigenous and practice-based knowledge) to improve research and community health


  • Develop future researchers with participatory research approaches, a critical reflective stance, and an orientation to work in interdisciplinary teams with academic and community partners.
  • Sponsor educational opportunities:

1)  CBPR Dialogue Café

2)  CBPR and community-engaged research consultations

3)  CBPR for Health: Critical and Indigenous Methodologies, Annual Summer Institute  

Practice/Service in Partnership:

  • Increase knowledge, awareness, and benefits of CBPR within New Mexico communities.
  • Improve co-learning and bidirectional translation and dissemination of research findings
  • Contextualize and apply knowledge towards community practice, program, and policy changes for improved health.

Our Values:

-Reciprocity of expertise between community and academic partners

-Mutuality of benefits for community and academic partners

-Respect for community science and community-supported practices equal to academic science and empirically-supported interventions

-Collaborative decision-making with community and academic partners