The next step…

I’ve been processing my summer research the last few weeks.  And, as I start my senior year, gearing up for my next academic adventure whether that be in the form of graduate school or finding a job that allows me to conduct research, I can honestly say that this summer has impacted how I view research and how I view myself.

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Another question and a problem (amongst many) arising from Serbian homophobia

The research I completed this summer allowed me to meet some of the most inspiring and dedicated activists in Serbia.  I was able to meet with one such activist while in Belgrade quite often because she was associated with the NGO that I was working from.

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Belgrade Pride: I was part of history

The situation for LGBT citizens in Serbia isn’t very pretty.  Yes, there have been gains in recent years, but those gains have not provided the necessary protection and acceptance that these individuals deserve.

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Sabac, Ivan, and why I do what I do

I am a social action researcher.  I conduct research to lead to some type institutional change.  My introduction to social action research occurred in fall of 2011, after taking a course with Professor and Director of Engaged Scholarship Monica Griffin.  Working for nongovernmental organizations focusing on human rights, my objective has always been to do work that leads to improving someone’s life.  This summer was no different.  Though I was researching, the objective was no different.  I researched LGBTIQ NGOs to understand the challenges they faced, in order to begin to alleviate those challenges.

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I’d like to take you on a journey…

My name is Alex Cooper, I’ll be blogging about the research I’ve been working on this summer on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) non-governmental organizations in Serbia.  As my first post, I thought it would be a good thing to explain why I began this research and how the research has evolved over the past two months.

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