One of UChicago's most innovative, interdisciplinary urban research projects, Ci3, traveled to India last week to build upon its storytelling initiatives in public health. On Friday, Aug. 28, staff from the Center on Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at UChicago headed for The University of Chicago Center in Delhi to gather more information for Ci3’s new lab dedicated to storytelling. The lab builds on South Side Stories, a two-year project funded by the Ford Foundation to chronicle and digitally archive stories that reframe the narrative about adolescent sexuality among African American youth on Chicago’s South Side. Providing the infrastructure to archive narrative and digital storytelling for research and innovation, Ci3’s lab is designed to create, study and use narrative and stories to advance research, health, and policy for youth of color and sexual minority youth.
While in India, Ci3 staff and faculty will solidify partnerships with key NGOs and other potential partners for an exploration of gender and family planning among adolescent girls and young women in Uttar Pradesh as well as identify key sites for the development of the narratives.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation (Ci3) at University of Chicago was founded in 2012 by Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH to convene research experts in a variety of disciplines including psychology, economics, gender, education, et al in order to globally advance the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of youth. Drawing on the University of Chicago’s rich academic history and resources and through the utilization of emerging technologies that have transformed how we live, work and play, Ci3 envisions a world where every young person has the opportunity and ability to lead a healthy sexual and reproductive life. The Center currently houses the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab, a cutting-edge sexualities research program, as well as their new lab dedicated to storytelling.