Doing it with Dignity is a participatory action research project in which members of the homeless community of Dignity Village have turned to storytelling through video in order to re-establish a shared vision and increase community participation. The research involved a collaborative and democratic process of creating a video action tool, Doing it with Dignity, which is being used as an orientation video for newcomers. The process of creating this video was intended to build cooperative relationships and facilitate empowerment within the community.

 The research project was facilitated by Heather Mosher in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a doctoral degree in Systems Science - Psychology at Portland State University.


Core group researchers:
Ross Bennett
Laura Brown
Chrysler Chelle
Tami Jaha
Timothy McCarthy
Travis Ougheltree
Susan Parker
Gaye Reyes
Heather Mosher

Wendy Kohn

Dissertation Committee Members:
Susan Finley, Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, Washington State University-Vancouver
Pauline Jivanjee, Ph.D., Social Work, Portland State University [Graduate Representative]
Yves Labissiere, Ph.D., University Studies, Portland State University
George Lendaris, Ph.D., Systems Science, Portland State University
Eric Mankowski, Ph.D., Psychology, Portland State University
Ellen Skinner, Ph.D., Psychology, Portland State University [Committee Chair]

For more information on this project, contact: Heather Mosher at, or Dignity Village at

Related links:
Dignity Village

Image Credits: Chrysler Chelle and Kwamba.

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