Waterman Gardens youths’ photos on exhibit at CSUSB Pfau Library


“Voice of Reflection,” an exhibit of the images and thoughts of youths growing up in the Waterman Gardens neighborhood of San Bernardino, will be the focus of a lecture at the John M. Pfau Library at Cal State San Bernardino on Monday, May 6.

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The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held PL 4005 on the fourth floor of the library. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parking is free for the program. Passes will be available at the main parking kiosk in front of campus.

David Chavez, a professor in the university’s psychology department, will give a lecture and present a PhotoVoice Gallery exhibit made up of photographs taken by youths in the Boys and Girls Club in the Waterman Gardens neighborhood. The young photographers were assigned to document the strengths and challenges of growing up in the public housing community.

The project was done in collaboration with youths from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterman Gardens and the community and relationship enhancement research group, which is comprised of CSUSB psychology students under the mentorship of Chavez.

In PhotoVoice, also known as participatory photography, participants are asked to represent their community or point of view by taking photographs, discussing them together, developing narratives to go with their photos and conducting outreach or other action.

Besides providing an opportunity to showcase the youths’ work to the university community as well as the community at large, “Voice of Reflection” is also intended to be a springboard for attendees to explore their own thoughts and potential contributions in addressing these social issues that exist in the local community.

For more information, contact David Chavez at (909) 537-5572 or by email at dchavez@csusb.edu.

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