The KEEPERRHATT Guide for the Interdisiplinary Social Sciences: Profiling and Visualizing Community

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The KEEPERRHHATT Guide demonstrates how an asset mapping tool, enhanced with simulation and modeling, can enlighten and empower teachers, students and citizen leaders to recognize the complexity of community as a public entity and understand the dynamics and interrelationships that account for the integrated sum of its parts. KEEPERRHHATT (pronounced Keeper-Hat) is an acronym which refers to such interrelated community factors as Kinship, Education, Economics, Politics, Ecology, Religion, Recreation, Health & Human Services, Associations, Technology and Transportation. The Guide probes livable spaces to determine the extent to which individuals identify themselves with community and have a sense of ownership and influence to contribute to improve the quality of life and envision a community future. An Interdependency Matrix plots the data collected at both macro and micro levels, supplemented by a visualization of pertinent data and a Quality of Life Index. A community environmental scan of assess is used to determine consensus on priority issues or problems and to detect new, relevant events and facts. The measure of community space is framed in the context of geographical, demographic, socio- cultural, economic, environmental, technological, and political or governmental reference points. Users explore and examine such questions as 1) What constitutes the community? 2) How is the community organized? 3) How is the flow of goods and services distributed? 4) What is the community’s vision? 5) Where is the source of power or control and influence in the community? 5) Who are the key players and what are their linkages within and outside of the community?


Keywords: Asset Mapping, Social Simulation and Modeling, Interdisciplinary Community Research
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: The KEEPERRHHATT Guide for the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences


Dr. Jacque Caesar

Dr. Caesar, Associate Professor; National University College of Letters & Science and Dr. MacCalla, Executive Director, National University Community Research Institute, COLS & NUCRI, National University
La Jolla, California, USA

JACQUE CAESAR, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Science at National University. She is the Lead Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Associate Director for Community Research and Service Learning in the National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI). Dr. Caesar is a graduate registered nurse of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Bridgeport, Connecticut and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1971. She received a Master of Arts degree in Social Science with a specialization in intercultural studies (1973) and a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior with a specialization in community psychology from the United States International University (1976). From 1984 to 1992 she was the Directing of Testing at National University and was appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Services (1992), where she developed and chaired the Department of Human Services. Dr. Caesar designed and team-taught the first in a series of online global studies courses at NU. She also served as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, the National University Graduate Council, Diversity Advisory Council and numerous committees dealing with cultural diversity, institutional transformation, and learning enhancement.



THOMAS MACCALLA, Ed.D. received a Bachelor’s of Social Science (1951) and Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration (1954) from Fairfield University in Connecticut; earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Comparative Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Education with a specialization in American Literature from the School of Humanities (1964). He completed postdoctoral studies in Social and Regional Planning at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (1976). Currently, Dr. MacCalla is Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and NU Vice President (2000 to Present). Formerly he served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Chancellor of the Oakland Bay Area and San Diego Campuses, and Regional Dean of the Las Vegas, Nevada campus. He was Vice President for International/Intercultural Studies at United States International University in San Diego and Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior, chairing over fifty doctoral dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Thomas MacCalla

Executive Director, NUCRI, NU Vice President & Faculty Resource, National University Community Research Institute, National University
La Jolla, CA, USA

Thomas MacCalla, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and National University Vice President. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and U.S. History from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Dr. MacCalla completed his doctorate in at the University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Administration, American Literature, and Comparative Education. In 1976 he completed a post-doctorate at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and was the Associate Director of Center for Behavioral Research and International Development in Santa Monica, California Prior to joining National University in 1985, he was the Director of the International Institute for Urban and Human Development. He was Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior and Vice President for International and Intercultural Studies at U.S. International University for eight years. Dr. MacCalla served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at National University for ten years and most recently directed the NU HASTAC InCommunity program (Humanities, Arts, Science Technology Advanced Collaborative) for the nation-wide 2006-07 HASTAC InFormation Year, co-sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute and Duke University.

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