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Design: Public Practice
I teach the advanced design course Public Practice at Connecticut College. This interdisciplinary course offers an in-depth exploration of methods and processes of public-based social design through co-creating with local community partners in New London including FRESH, Higher Edge, and the Homeless Hospitality Center.
During the spring semester (2017) Design: Public Practice worked with FRESH New London on co-creating community gardens and public engagement programs. FRESH builds momentum for food system change through local agriculture and youth empowerment. Documentation of this project can be found at issuu.com and CC Magazine (below).
Student participants included: Sam Butler, Isabelle Cookson, Jillian Edwards, Margaret Elliot, Alexandra Kruck, Lauren Linehan, Quinlan Low, Roxanne Low, Evelyn Mitchell, Greg Montenegro, Mei Reffsin, Bianca Scofield, Alana Wimer. This project was funded by the Holleran Center for Community Action at Connecticut College.
During the spring semester (2019) Design: Public Practice worked with Higher Edge on co-creating community engagement strategies. Higher Edge is dedicated to guiding low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success. Our work was collaborative, designed and implemented in conjunction with Higher Edge and students in the College Access Program and Success Program.
Student participants included: Nadia Bednarczuk, Annie Breakstone, Jacob Brill-Weill, Jillian Edwards, Emily Ehler, Quinlan Low, Cal Nadeau, Olga Nikolaeva, Ezra Norris, Lera Shynkarova, Erin Smith, Natasha Strugatz, Megan Webber. This project was funded by the Holleran Center for Community Action at Connecticut College.
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