Ci3 Workshop: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Working with Adolescents

9:00 am–3:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Event Description
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health and the University of Chicago Center in Delhi  hosted a workshop to bring together allies working on projects using digital storytelling/narrative, reproductive health and family planning among youth, and art within communities. Ci3 aimed to map and understand the challenges and obstacles and best practices for programs in India, specifically in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  We hope that by bringing together organizations working in such close proximity on similar issues, we will create a network of support for all. By sharing challenges and implementation strategies that work, all of our organizations can thrive together. The workshop established new partnerships and ideas and introduced attendees to a group with non-traditional approaches for tackling challenging social issues.

Ci3:The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) aimes to create innovative, evidence-based solutions to complex problems using novel methodologies such as narrative, game design, technology, and behavioral and biomedical interventions. Ci3 supports education and training to ensure people are informed and engaged in issues of sexual and reproductive health. Ci3 is strongly interested in applying these approaches in India to improve sexual and reproductive health of adolescents (

Melissa Gilliam: Dr. Melissa Gilliam is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division, as well as Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gilliam’s research focuses on vulnerable populations at risk of poor reproductive health outcomes due to health and educational disparities, including low-income populations, women of diverse racial/ethnic groups, and adolescents.

Alicia Menendez: Alicia S. Menendez is a Research Associate (Associate Professor) at Chicago Harris and the Department of Economics, and a Principal Research Scientist at the NORC. Menendez's research interests include development economics, education and health, labor markets, and household behavior.

Time                          Tentative Agenda

9:00-9:30 AM           Registration and Tea

9:30-10:30 AM        Welcome and Introduction to Digital Storytelling, Games and
                                 Work of Ci3

10:30-11:15 AM       Interdisciplinary research in India

11:15-11:30 AM       Tea Break and Snacks

11:30-12:15 PM      Reproductive Health

12:15-1:15 PM       Research and data gathering methods
                              Group Discussion & Activity

1:15-2:00 PM        Innovation space

2:00-3:00 PM       Lunch

This event was by invitation only.