Mapping Mindfully: Community-Based Data Collection and Visualization Through a Trauma-Aware Lens

Community-based mapping projects taking place in historically marginalized or vulnerable neighborhoods often depend on the participation of individuals who have histories of personal and collective trauma. In these workshops, participants will develop a trauma-aware lens for promoting safety, security, and stability for collaborators in their data collection and visualization processes.

July 18, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time – August 19, 2022, 1:30pm Eastern Time

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Amber BosseAmber Bosse, MapBosse Co.

Dr. Amber Bosse is a map therapist and trauma-informed GIScientist with over 10 years of experience, specializing in collaborative, community-based methods across the US. Her work explores the ways in which both the processes and products produced completed within communities with historic experiences of systemic violence and oppression can promote safety, security, and stability for all involved. Her work has been supported by prominent organizations such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the International Cartographic Association, and the Community Geography Collaborative.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this workshop. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the workshop and provide you all the workshop details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the workshop.


This workshop is geared for students whose methods include collaboration/participation of community members and the collection and/or visualization primary of geospatial data. Material will be gin by considering the initial stages of developing community partnerships all the way through the project’s completion, so while students who are in the proposal writing stage or early stages of establishing a partnership with a community organization will be served the greatest, all can benefit. We will consider, in particular, the intricacies of working with communities that have faced systemic challenges such as experiences of poverty, racism, and militarism in ways that resist, reduce, and repair harm. Participants will be given a mapping assignment; while there are no restrictions on the type of mapping methods that should be used, for those with no prior mapping experience, tutorials on the basics of mapping workflows will be provided.

Detailed schedule

This workshop will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: AAG Welcome Session, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Monday, July 18
  • Session 2: Bringing Trauma-Awareness to Communities, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 19
  • Session 3: Bringing Trauma-Awareness to Data and Visualization, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 20
  • Session 4: Optional Office Hours, 12:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 21
  • Session 5: Final Reflections and Next Steps, 12:00 -2:00 pm, Friday, July 22

Throughout the week, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the workshop.