Puerta Vallarta, México 2021 (ENG)

About the Conference

We are working on creating an experience to raise hope and provide inspiration. A conference that encourages peace, justice, respect, and creativity, and that strengthens the ties between people, communities, organizations, and projects.

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process where all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership.

The core principles of CBPR include:

  • Empowering collaborative and equitable partnerships in all research phases as a power-sharing process.
  • Recognizing community as a unit of identity.Facilitating co-learning and capacity buildingamong all partners.
  • Balancing research and action for the mutual benefitof all partners.
  • Disseminating findings and knowledge gained to the broader community and involves all partners in the dissemination process.
  • Promoting a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.

Dates and Streams

Conference Day Program

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CARN Study Day

As with other parts of the conference, CARN Study Day will be a virtual experience.There will be a fee for the day which will focus on Community Based Action Research (CBPAR). Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their understanding of CBPAR as they visit a community based program close to Puerto Vallarta. Before Study Day attendees will be given materials so they are ready for group discussion – virtually.

Keynote Speakers

Laura Rendón

June 3, 2021

Nationally recognized as an education theorist, activist and researcher who specializes in college preparation, persistence and graduation of low-income, first-generation students.

» https://laurarendon.net/bio/

Martha Isabel “Pati” Ruiz Corzo

June 10, 2021

In 1987, she co-founded Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG) with Roberto Pedraza Muñoz and local citizens to create consciousness around the biodiversity of the region and the threats to it.  They built a grassroots movement for the creation of a regenerative option for the region.  In 1997, GESG successfully led consensus forSierra Gorda´s declaration as a protected area, by then-President Dr. Ernesto Zedillo.  In Mexico, it is the only such area created thanks to civil society. She has been selected as Mexican Heroe and received the Global Citizen Prize.

Nina Wallerstein

June 17, 2021

Professor of Public Health, College of Population Health; Director, Center for Participatory Research. She has been developing community based participatory research (CBPR) and empowerment/ Freirian interventions for over thirty years.

» https://hsc.unm.edu/directory/wallerstein-nina.html


Conference + ARNA membership$100$50
Student Conference + membership$50$25
Single Day + 50% Member Discount$50$25
Student Day Session + 50% Member Discount$25$12.50

Call for Proposals

The 2021 ARNA Conference team invites submissions from individuals and groups who are interested in sharing, discussing and improving collective efforts within the community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership approach to action research study.

The Organizing Committee of the 2021 Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is calling for abstract submissions. To present your research at the conference your abstract will go through a double-blind peer review.

A rubric is available on a section in this page for you to know how your review is scored. Upon payment of registration fees, your attendance at the conference will be confirmed.

  • Early Bird Abstract Submission begins: November 20, 2020
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Extended)
  • Results of abstract review returned to authors: On or before April 1, 2021
  • Full conference registration fees are due for all presenters.


The 2021 ARNA Organizing Committee welcomes proposal submissions from the wide variety of perspectives within the concepts of CBPR. Submissions are organized into the following streams of presentations for the three sessions of the conference:

  • June 3rd. – Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements through the Lens of Community Based Participatory Action Research
  • June 10th. – Challenging & Preserving Culture Through Community Based Participatory Action Research
  • June 17th. – Knowledge Creation, Preservation & Access Through CommunityBased Participatory Action Research


All sessions will be 90 minutes in duration and include the following formats.

Round Table
Paper Presentation SessionsBetween 3 and 5 paper presentations can be accommodated in each session. Presentation time for each paper and for the discussant is limited as follows:

  • 20 minutes each for a session with three presentations and a discussant
  • 15 minutes each for a session with four presentations and a discussant
  • 20 minutes each for a session with four presentations and no discussant
  • 15 minutes each for a session with five presentations and no discussant
  • These sessions are held in a setting online.

Panel Sessions

  • Each panel discussion can accommodate up to 5 people on the panel.
  • A panel session is recommended for presentations based on research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in one particular area or several, such as discussions of organizing community based participatory based research studies, publicizing community based participatory research, sustaining community based participatory research.
  • Panel participants may want to distribute printed papers and/or handouts online before the presentation.

Workshop Sessions

  • Workshop sessions will include facilitators and participants.
  • Unless otherwise noted, workshop sessions will be within a 90 minute period. More time can be requested in the proposal.
  • The workshop session facilitation focus is on interaction and learning.
  • The proposal will outline learning outcomes, strategies for workshop engagement, and workshop capacity.

In the submission please specify if you would prefer to share your paper in a virtual round table paper individual presentation, panel, or workshop. We will take this into consideration during our review of the proposals for placement in the conference schedule. All proposals will be 300 to 500 words and should describe the overall aims/objectives of the session, followed by 100 word descriptions of each paper presentation.

  • Sessions may be proposed independently or as a group. If the submission is a proposal from a group, then a contact member of the group needs to be identified.
  • Proposals and sessions will be presented in English and/or Spanish
  • A session organizer who is submitting but not presenting may act as chair and/or discussant.

Paper proposals will follow this general format:

  1. Briefly outline the research and action aims of your work and the presentation;
  2. Explain what has been done to achieve the aims of the action and/or research (e.g., methodology, theoretical framework and methods) and the progress made (or goals you have set) towards research and action aims (e.g., findings, results, outputs, program changes, community action changes, events, or perspective changes)

Panel proposals should first describe research in progress or more general thematic discussions of work in one particular area or several, such as discussions of organizing community based participatory based research studies, publicizing community based participatory research, sustaining community based participatory research. The proposal can then move on to discuss how the panel will be structured, identify any target participant group, and describe how the audience will be included for questions.

Workshop proposals should describe the overall aims/objectives of the workshop; the structure of the workshop (including a general flow of activities); workshop capacity and the target participant group (ex. Community Based Organizations, New or Emerging Community Based Participatory Action Researchers, or Youth Participatory Action Researchers), if it not targeting a general audience of action-researchers.

Please remember to use the form to submit and read the rubric that will be used to review your submission.

Only abstracts that meet all requirements and are submitted before the expiration date will be reviewed.

The authors of the abstracts will receive a notification of the status of the proposal on or before April 1, 2021.

» Download Rubric

» Download Call for Proposals

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