The objective of the roundtable is to share our experiences in building infrastructure to support public impact scholarship. From an initial articulation of goals for the lab that were drafted by the associate dean for research and submitted to faculty for input, we created a team of doctoral students, a community researcher, and a communications professional who further developed the mission and launched activities of the lab. Driven by an anti-racist approach, this group has developed a structure to support a variety of specific products and supports that increase the impact of scholarship produced in the College. This roundtable will discuss the creation of the HEAR Lab, the visioning and implementation processes, and the products created to increase public impact - what we do, how we do it, and why.
The first presenter will describe the steps involved in creating the HEAR lab, grounding values, and resources invested in launching the lab. The second presenter will speak about the process of launching the lab through engaging in partnerships with administration, faculty, and PhD students. Finally, PhD student presenter(s) will share examples of products created by the lab and their experiences as PhD students involved in the lab. Our goal is to share our example and lessons learned, then facilitate conversation with others interested in adopting a similar approach within their programs. Implications of this roundtable include helping universities build capacity of their researchers to understand the potential impact of their work, identify strategies for partnerships, enhance best practices for engaging in public impact scholarship, and outline concrete steps that institutions can take to support public impact scholarship. It is an ethical responsibility of the social work field to build public-facing, impactful scholarship. The feasibility of this work is enhanced when institutions are intentional in supporting faculty and doctoral students in this journey. Engagement in this work is necessary for producing research that speaks directly to solutions that can achieve racial, economic and environmental justice.