Check out a recent article on UConn Today, titled “Sustainability, Community, and Food–Theory Meets Action for UConn Undergrads,” where they recognize Associate Professor in Residence of Sociology, Phoebe Godfrey, as a faculty member dedicated to teaching classes for the Sustainable Community Food Systems Minor.
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“Sustainable Community Food Systems provides motivated undergraduates with hands-on experiences in the community around issues of food, sustainability, and social justice,” says program co-founder and advisor Andrew Jolly-Ballantine, an associate professor-in-residence with UConn’s Department of Geography. “We designed the SCFS minor with the intent of providing UConn students with the kind of deep learning experience that is usually seen in small, liberal arts co-op or thesis programs.”
Now in its fourth year, the minor includes a core set of classes as well as a capstone thesis required of all participants, and the heart of SCFS is its dedicated team of faculty and mentors, including Phoebe Godfrey in Sociology; Kristina Wagstrom in Chemical Engineering; Jennifer Crushman in UConn Extension; and, until recently, Julia Cartibiano, former manager of Spring Valley Student Farm.
Department Head of Sociology, Manisha Desai, recently participated in “Taking a Perspective of ‘Land, Caste, Class & Gender’ to the Global Audience” to remember Dr. Gail Omvedt (1941-2021).
Check out UConn Today’s recent article “New Faculty Bring Antiracism and the Environment to the Forefront,” where they introduce the new CLAS faculty, including our newest member to the department Carla Dhillon who will work across disciplines to advance Antiracism and Human Interactions with the Environment.
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Carla Dhillon is an incoming assistant professor in sociology. With a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Dhillon’s research bridges environmental sociology, decolonial studies, climate change, and social dimensions of science and technology.
Dhillon examines pathways that aim to transform inequalities in environmental science practices. Her recent projects focus on the politics of cross-cultural climate change partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous parties, and on community-oriented science in environmental health and justice movements. Also a licensed civil engineer, Dhillon previously worked as a structural and sustainable building designer.
As an educator, Dhillon emphasizes critical social analysis applied to environmental challenges. Her approach highlights voices and actions by those often excluded from formal environmental fields.
Check out Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies, Bandana Purkaystha, in the upcoming series “Analyzing Gender: Global Encounters” on September 6th &13th at 5:00pm.
Check out a recent article by the United Nations titled “Improving Water and Food Security in Ethiopia through Research” where they discuss the recent works of Water and Food Security, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project, with the help of Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Rights, Elizabeth Holzer, who is also one of the leaders of this project.
The Water and Food Security PIRE project aims to improve agricultural productivity and water management in low-income agricultural communities in the Blue Nile Basin, in northeast Africa. The main goal is to provide accurate seasonal predictions on farm-scale water availability and the corresponding crop yields during both wet and dry seasons. Local communities rely on the Blue Nile Basin to sustain their crops and in turn sustain themselves, but rainfall and water levels in the area can be unpredictable, causing crop failure and food shortages.
Congratulations to Graduate Student Asmita Aasaavari, recipient of the Human Rights Institute Graduate Funding Competition! This funding is given to an individual whose proposal demonstrates overall excellence with a focus on human rights issues.