Drs. Shelby Longard and Ken Spring along with nine Belmont Sociology Students attended the Southern Sociological Society Meetings in New Orleans recently. Six students (Heather Cairl, Cash Forshee, Ryan Hurd, Sean Landis, Heather Snodgrass and Cayla Wilson) presented their paper “Realizing Emancipation through Community Based Research.” The Paper is the result of two years of research developed from a Summer Scholar Community and is part of an on-going collaborative project between the Belmont University Sociology Department and the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA in East Nashville. In addition, Dr. Ken Spring presented his paper “Engaging the Learner” on the pedagogy of integrating community based research and service learning into the classroom. Both sessions garnered positive feedback, and Dr. Spring and the students intend on publishing their research in the near future.