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William Ching (2009)

HIV Youth Project

In spite of recent anti-HIV/AIDS awareness and sexual health campaigns, youth continue to contract HIV at disproportionately higher rates than the general population. Stigma and fear of discrimination further discourage at-risk youth from getting tested. This creates additional barriers to treatment and negatively impacts the quality of life of youth who are already living with the disease. William Ching intends to illuminate the social and human costs of living with HIV/AIDS by collecting the oral histories of historically marginalized youth whose lives have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He plans to travel to major metropolitan areas around the country and work with both youth and community-based organizations to create a new HIV/AIDS education and prevention guide tailored to youth and young adults based on the lived experiences of HIV+ youth, women and communities of color. Underscoring education, prevention and destigmatization, William hopes to capitalize on... Read More

Adriana SanchezPillot (2015)

Indigenous Communities Building Historical Memory to Create Alternative Justice

Justice is composed of four elements: truth, reparations, sanctions, and non-repetition. This project aims to strengthen the efforts of the Chol organized communities in Northern Chiapas to create alternative forms of justice via a process of documenting historical memory and lived experiences. The purpose is to address the continuing violation of indigenous peoples’ right to justice, and the impunity of the crimes against humanity condoned by the Mexican State in the Northern and Forest regions of Chiapas between 1996 and 2006. These crimes happened in the context of the counterinsurgency war against the Zapatistas led by the Mexican government, as well as decades of unresolved land claims, displacement, and neoliberal reforms. In collaboration with the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center, the project will reinforce the Center’s legal, logistical, and media support of these cases. The process of constructing historical memory will involve documentation through... Read More

Samma Ishaq (2008)

Documenting the Effects of the Shahtoosh Ban in Jammu and Kashmir: A Proposal to Find Alternative Sources of Income for Kashmiri Women

Samma Ishaq will evaluate the economic status of women living in Jammu and Kashmir (India-administered Kashmir). It is estimated that the livelihood of at least 50,000 workers, 74 percent of them women, was impacted when the local government banned the manufacture and sale of shahtoosh (a fine grade of shawl derived from the Tibetan antelope) in October 2000. Investigating this claim, Ishaq will assess the effect of the shahtoosh ban on the local economy, particularly on displaced female weavers. Her report will take into account the painful consequences of militarization over the past two decades since the region came under dispute by India, Pakistan and Kashmiri resistance fighters in 1989. Ultimately, she seeks to create a new program together with local NGOs that will empower and offer a source of revenue for the weavers, while addressing poverty issues that affect women.

Marco Flores (2012)

Undocuqueer Art Making: Healing Practices Through Self-Expression

"I am grateful for those first moments of consciousness, always born from a living experience of injustice turned to righteous rage, that first experience of genuine collectivism, that blessed epiphany of art-inspired action."
- Cherrie Moraga, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness

Marco's Stronach Baccalaureate Prize project, "Undocuqueer Art Making," intends to increase awareness of the intersections in LGBT and immigrant identity by disrupting conventional ways of thinking about undocumented immigrant youth. His project uses the arts as a vehicle for healing by making room for complex immigrant identities through a space of creativity. It serves as a catalyst towards understanding the significance of testimonios through a series of creative art making workshops. With his "Undocuqueer Art Making" project, Marco seeks to create a form of collective consciousness by engaging in artistic forms of self-expression through story-telling, creative writing,... Read More

Jonathan Lee (2009)

Community Health in Rural Honduras: Preventing Disease, Guarding Your Health

Jonathan Lee will be developing primary healthcare infrastructure in rural communities of the central, mountainous region of Honduras. Geographic, political, and economic distance from basic healthcare provoke what should be mild conditions into life threatening emergencies for the poor in this region. The centerpiece of his project is the training of community health workers (CHWs) to deliver efficient, home-based healthcare to families as well as to refer patients to La Clinica Santa Rosa de Lima, one of the only clinics for a widespread population of over 60,000. The CHWs, called Guardianes de Salud or "Health Guardians," will be empowered with a text messaging-based communication infrastructure that will provide two-way communication between nurses and physicians at La Clinica and the CHWs. This system, powered by FrontlineSMS:Medic, is a free, open-source software program that enables large-scale, two-way text messaging using only a laptop, a GSM modem, and cell phones.... Read More

Rodney Wilson (2015)

Per Ankh: House of Life, House of Learning

The Per Ankh “house of life” was a central institution in Kemet (Ancient Egypt), dating back thousands of years to the pyramid age. All large urban areas and major temples through Kemet housed a Per Ankh. It was located within the temple and was where all formal learning and wise instruction took place, as it was responsible for the production and storing of books, and the teaching of scribes and priest. It was also where the doctors and priest practiced medicine and induced healing dreams. The Per Ankh is the oldest known and one of the most exalted intuitions in Africa’s long tradition of learning.

In partnership with faculty and staff at Contra Costa College (CCC) the Per Ankh program will be committed to enriching, fostering, and nurturing the educational experience of all students, with a special focus on African American high school students who may also be first-generation college students. Ultimately the program seeks to prepare our students for academic, personal,... Read More

Jeffrey Martin (2008)

The Gila River Indian Community Water Settlement Act: Understanding a Historical Milestone

Jeffrey Martin will conduct a detailed study of the Gila River Indian Community Water Settlement Act of 2004, one of the largest and longest-coming Indian water rights settlements in the history of the United States. Representing deeply entrenched battles over water rights and Indian sovereignty in the West, the Act settled nearly 30 years of litigation involving thousands of actors who fought to quantify and define rights on the Gila River. Jeff will examine the origin, voices, and impact of this historic legislation and its implications for future water disputes. The settlement brought water to the Pima and Maricopa peoples of southern Arizona following more than a century of struggle since the river was diverted from their lands in 1866, thus destroying their agricultural practices. Martin plans to interview tribal leaders and members, members of non-Indian business and agricultural interests, and government entities.

Irene Chemtai Mungo (2007)

Community Health Education and Training Project: Mombasa, Kenya

Like most of Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya is adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with over 1.3 million people living with the virus. For her Stronach project, Irene endeavored to provide critical health education at the AIDS Research and Family Care Clinic in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, where poverty, joblessness, limited education, and cultural stigma are all obstacles to treating and caring for children with HIV/AIDS. She developed a health resource guidebook in both English and Swahili to help families better understand HIV/AIDS and provide proper care for children with the disease. She wanted her guidebook to communicate health lessons through simple language and the drawings of local children. Irene also planned to organize educational workshops for caregivers and adolescent patients, bring presentations on HIV/AIDS and other health topics to area schools, and sponsor an essay contest in which students could propose ways to address health issues in their lives and... Read More

Margaux Fitoussi (2011)

Transforming Radio Operators into Human Rights Reporters

Working with Invisible Children, a non-profit based in San Diego, Margaux will develop and facilitate a series of Human Rights reporting workshops in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in order to improve the quality of information broadcast from high frequency radio towers in the region. Invisible Children has been working to increase the number of radio towers in this area in order to improve the long-distance communication between remote locations. Based in local parishes, these towers act as an early warning mechanism to warn villages of the movements of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group originating in northern Uganda. Margaux will work closely with Congolese radio tower operators to improve their reporting techniques and the documentation of the LRA's human rights abuses. The early warning system aims to improve tracking of the LRA's movements and the effectiveness of humanitarian groups to respond to LRA attacks. This project could... Read More

Pablo Seward (2014)

"Umanga Tupuna": A Communal Intervention in Contemporary Rapanui History

"Umanga Tupuna" ("Food-Work With Ancestors") consists of the re-conceptualization of Easter Island (Chile), a Polynesian island in the South Pacific Ocean, as the complex performance space it used to be prior to colonial dispossession in the 19th century. The first stage of the project will be to gather oral historians, and to enlist and re-inhabit key places on the island with unresolved histories. Inhabitation for Rapanui people consists of making offerings to emplaced ancestors, who then reciprocally share thoughts, dreams, and stories of the place. The second stage of the project will be to collaboratively make illustrated fictionalized accounts of these experiences. The third stage will be to organize free trips around the island for Rapanui children, as well as workshops with the general population, such that the place-histories in question may be put in conversation with one another. The fourth and final stage will be to compile, publish, and divulge the illustrated... Read More

Yoram Savion-Royant (2008)

Youth Multimedia Literacy & Production (Y Media-LP)

Yoram Savion-Royant will work to create a new narrative of crime and punishment that promotes restorative justice. Tapping into the creative and healing power of youth, he will develop and lead a sustainable employment program in media literacy at the Youth UpRising community center in East Oakland. His young trainees will produce professional multimedia articles for the Oakland Tribune, the Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, and other public interest websites. Focused on increased policing, widespread institutional failures, and mass incarceration, their stories will document the lived experience of urban youth, highlighting not only the problems they encounter but also their solutions, thus imagining possibilities for social change. The Oakland Tribune has been publishing stories by Savion-Royant's team as part of its 2007 Homicide Report and 2008 Pieces of the Puzzle project.

Sun Lee (2007)

East Timorese Testimonial Narratives — Identification and Reconciliation after Mass Atrocity

Sun Lee’s project inquired into the mind of the East Timorese — asking their opinions on the state of justice in their country regarding the events of 1999, when the Indonesian military inflicted mass violence upon Timorese civilians as they voted to become independent from Indonesia. The UN established a Special Crimes Panel in order to investigate the events, and a national truth and reconciliation commission (CAVR) worked hard to produce a massive report documenting the events. But the thoughts of the Timorese themselves were never solicited in full. Sun investigated how ideas of justice differed for the Timorese in comparison with international opinion and also among Timorese from various backgrounds. Documenting these voices in the form of personal accounts was the primary objective of the fieldwork period, which resulted in the production of hours of digital video. The editing process will produce a twofold final product: a collection of interviews to go into the... Read More

Olivia Dill (2015)

Overlapping Disciplines: Using New Technology to Preserve and Create Access to Historic Ethnographic Field Recordings

Olivia’s project explores the intersection between technology, physics, anthropology, preservation and community need. The Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum, UC Berkeley Linguistics Department, the University Library and LBNL scientists are partnering to build a new lab on campus that will digitize 2700 recordings in the Anthropology museum collection. The collection consists largely of ethnographic field recordings made of Native Californians by UC Berkeley anthropologists in the early 1900’s. This audio is of high cultural sensitivity and value to the present day members of the tribes recorded on them, but is difficult to access and in delicate preservation state due to the medium on which it was recorded, the wax cylinder. The preservation effort aims to improve access and preservation by employing a new technology created and designed at LBNL that uses 3D photographs of the cylinders to make digital versions of the audio without making contact with the surface. For her... Read More

Mayuri Bhandari (2012)

A Language Without Words

For her Stronach Baccalaureate Prize project, Mayuri will teach dance and movement to blind and deaf children, ages 3-15, at a school located in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Mayuri states, "All children need movement in their lives, not only as a form of physical fitness but also as a form of enrichment for their souls. In India especially, disabled children do not get such opportunities. Statistics state that India has the world's largest population of children, and one in every ten is disabled." Using a variety of dance styles and activities, Mayuri will train instructors and students in different forms of creative self-expression. She hopes to expand her dance program across India to more schools for the handicapped.

 

Brett Buckingham and Ailén Vega (2016)

Participatory Mapping in Brazil's Tapajós River Basin

Brett and Ailén’s project engages the Munduruku indigenous communities of the northern Brazilian Amazon in a participatory, counter-hegemonic mapping project.  The Munduruku people are currently fighting against the Brazilian government’s plans to construct what would become one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams, the São Luiz do Tapajós, and lead to the decimation of the Munduruku’s means of survival and of a sacred place central to their identity as a people. With the support of partner organizations Amazon Watch and Digital Democracy, Brett and Ailén will work alongside communities to produce maps that depict the land practices, cultural spaces, and histories of the Munduruku through community workshops and open-source mapping technologies. In positioning the Munduruku as the leaders of the mapping process, this project creates alternative cartographic representations to support these communities’ lobbying efforts on the national and international level.

Cherie Hill (2006)

Remembering the Ancestors

Directed and choreographed by Cherie Hill, the work blends modern and Afro-Caribbean dance featuring live percussion by New York artist Taji Maalik. The dance premied in December of 2006 at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

Remembering the Ancestors expands on Cherie's senior honors research, which explored how dance could be used to subvert stereotypes associated with black women. Cherie traveled to Jamaica to study ancient Caribbean and Diaspora dances that early European explorers considered overtly sexual. She made these dances the basis for her modern piece, choreographed using postmodern techniques. Cherie also plans to host two creative dance workshops for at-risk children. Her work raises awareness about issues of race and gender and depictions of black women in popular culture.

Video of Remembering the Ancestors

Irene Kucherova (2010)

Enhancement Pilot Program for Orphanage 1 in Kherson, Ukraine

Irene will spend nine months working with the 240 children ages 6-16 years old of Orphanage 1 in Kherson, Southern Ukraine. As wards of the state, these children live their lives in relative isolation from the wider community and are quite marginalized socially. Through outreach programs to the local community and university, Irene intends to involve community members and university students as tutors, mentors, and inspirational figures for the children through participation in structured enrichment programs. She also plans to broaden the children's life experiences by taking them to local universities and introducing them to local educational opportunities. In addition, she will accompany groups of children to the capital city, Kiev, the political, cultural and social heart of the country. An further component of the program will be career training. Irene will help students design, create and sell their crafts at a local market. Irene believes her project can be a template pilot... Read More

Muska Fazilat (2015)

Safe Motherhood

Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal mortality and infant morbidity rates in the world. Most Afghan women do not have access to basic maternal health care, especially in rural areas. Skilled providers attend only 36% of births in Afghanistan with improvements in health care since US intervention, and every thirty minutes an Afghan woman dies due to birth complications. Over 80% of births take place at home in Afghanistan. Ms. Fazilat’s project, “Safe Motherhood,” aims to reduce maternal mortality rates in the poorest and most remote villages in Kunduz--a province located in Northeastern region of Afghanistan--by training and educating traditional midwives who currently lack formal training and essential medical knowledge about safe birthing practices.

Michael Uy (2008)

Analysis of Venezuela's Music Education System, "El Sistema," and its Potential Application to the Los Angeles-based Program, Project Harmony

Michael Uy will investigate Venezuela’s music education system, Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV), more commonly known as “El Sistema.” Conductor Simon Rattle and other luminaries in classical music have lavished praise on El Sistema’shigh musical standards and social vision. Offering free instruction, the Venezuelan government currently trains more than 250,000 youths in the instrumental and choral traditions of classical music. Uy will document the organizational, pedagogical and financial structures of this program, taking note of both successes and challenges in and around Caracas, including its impressive track-record in helping juvenile offenders, street kids, victims of abuse, and children with cognitive and physical disabilities. He will then share his insights with the Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization that offers free music training to... Read More

Isaac Miller (2010)

Youth Poetry and City Creation in Detroit

Detroit has become the poster child for the impact of both deindustrialization and economic collapse on America's inner cities. However, in the face of overwhelming problems, there is a growing movement to rebuild and re-imagine Detroit. Increasingly, Detroit is being seen not just as a place of despair, but as a source of inspiration in imagining new possibilities for cities in the twenty first century. Isaac's project will use workshops on poetry, community organizing, and participatory urban planning to empower Detroit youth as leaders in confronting the city's crisis and opportunity for change. "Youth Poetry and City Creation" will center around workshops for youth between the ages of 13-21. These workshops will create a space to build critical literacy, empowerment, and creativity, and will teach the fundamental skills of urban planning, community organizing, and writing and performing poetry. This novel combination will allow young people to participate in an educational... Read More

Kazooba Kawamara (2013)

Ntoroko District Orphan Database and Placement

For his Stronach Baccalaureate Prize project, Kazooba and his team of volunteers will locate orphans in Ntoroko, Uganda and record them into a secure database that will be used to match orphans with available social services. The secure database will be housed at the district headquarters and will include age, point of contact, and level of need. The completed database will then be used to place the orphans into existing government programs and NGO services such as healthcare, academic tutoring, psychological help, adoption, and emergency aid. There are few services to help the estimated 2 million orphans in Uganda and these services are often concentrated in cities and towns where homeless orphans are visible on the streets. But most orphans reside in the rural parts of the country like Ntoroko. The goal of this project is to make sure orphans in Ntoroko, and ultimately all of Uganda, are identified and provided with access to available services.

Julissa Muniz (2014)

Deconstructing the Juvenile Delinquent & Re-Creating the College Path

Julissa's project, "Deconstructing the Juvenile Delinquent & Re-Creating the College Path", seeks to curtail high recidivism rates by following a threefold model comprised of personal mentoring, sustained academic counseling, and the creation of a safe space to deconstruct the socially constructed labels imposed on youth by state institutions and society. This project will include monthly workshops at partner high schools with "high-risk populations" and monthly college preparatory workshops at San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center (Juvenile Hall). The second component will include the recruitment of 6-10 young women who will be released from YGC within four months of first contact. The cohort of young women will receive individualized college coaching, one-on-one mentorship and will participate in monthly workshops centered around issues of social justice and self-love, as well as monthly college campus tours geared towards post-secondary education and attainment.... Read More

Lauren Herman (2011)

Expanding the Realm of Consumer Protection: The Case of Microcredit

While working and conducting research within a microcredit program in Kenya during the summer of 2010 and in January 2011, Lauren became aware of the lack of consumer protection measures to prevent predatory lending within microfinance institutions (MFIs). To bring awareness to this issue, Lauren's project will contribute to the legal education initiatives and resources for Kenyan microcredit borrowers through the creation of a consumer and legal education manual. She will collaborate with consumer advocacy groups and microcredit borrowers in Nairobi, Kenya to research and document the operational and loan requirements of the five largest Kenyan MFIs. This educational resource will assist clients in making informed and educated decisions about their participation in these financial institutions. Most importantly, the experiences of microcredit borrowers will be included in the manual to provide potential borrowers the opportunity to learn about the microcredit programs... Read More

Luis Flores (2013)

Discovering the IRCA Generation: Building Communal Migrant History and Credit Protection

By constructing a history and political economy of the "IRCA generation" of migrants*, this project will present a counterpoint to the burgeoning public migration debate and eminent legislation. Three million undocumented workers obtained legal status under Immigration Reform and Control Act’s (IRCA) 1986 amnesty provision. Yet remarkably, no significant attempt to recount the lessons and histories of this legislation has been made, even as a new amnesty law may be imminent. This time around, the resurgence of the migration debate has brought impassionate arguments for the provision of amnesty to millions of undocumented migrants living in the U.S. as a form of economic stimulus.

Migrant cultural assimilation is being articulated as their participation in home mortgage markets and in stressing that granting legal amnesty to undocumented migrants would generate an estimated input of $500 billion into the economy, immigration reform is also being promoted as a path to recovery... Read More

Olivia Rosaldo-Pratt (2008)

Acting Up - Empowering Young People of Color Through Drama Education

Olivia Rosaldo-Pratt will seek to develop a new way of teaching drama that is both accessible and empowering for young people of color. Although drama is an effective pedagogical tool, it is often unavailable to students of color or offered in ways that can make it feel unappealing. To remedy this situation, Olivia plans to research socially conscious drama methods in preparation to design a new curriculum that she will bring to several East Bay middle schools. She will teach her students a wide range of skills, including performance techniques, memorization, public speaking, and English acquisition, while exploring issues of race, power, teamwork, and anger management with them. She will then share her findings with other theater educators.

Adrián Rodriguez Ríos

Two-sided Frontier: Untold Stories of the San Diego-Tijuana Border

Adrián’s project is concerned with the Tijuana-San Diego border and a lack of social consciousness for the deportee community. Through a series of interactive Art installations at the US-Mexican border,  Adrián will present the social conditions that the deportees endure in the city of Tijuana. It is his intention to bring to the fore the stories of migrants that have not had the opportunity to be heard. Supported by local organizations and artists, such as TJTQ and Fungi Express, the Art installations will target the binational population on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro-Tijuana pedestrian border. In the medium of chalkboard, photographs, coloring books, scale-models, and more, the project will engage with the transborder community seeking to form a sense of belonging and unity. The stories shared by the deportee community will inspire and be the base of the Art installations presented at the border for future diffusion. The project will enhance the... Read More

Sara Trail (2016)

Social Justice Sewing Academy

Sara’s project, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA), establishes a critical-consciousness sewing program for youth in inner-city areas who need an outlet to express themselves and want to develop a potentially profitable skill.  She will run two pilot sessions this summer, and will later permanently establish SJSA in partnership with a community or recreational center or high school.  SJSA will be comprised of two parts each day. First there will be a workshop developing participant's critical consciousness. Workshops will feature concepts such as colorism, intersectionality, feminist epistemology, and misogyny in hip hop. During these workshops, participants will discuss readings from Angela Davis, bell hooks, Kimberly Crenshaw, Toni Morrison, Patricia Hill Collins, Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde and others. SJSA will allow participants to explore, discuss and express modes of knowing, lived experiences and creativity.  Following the morning workshop, there will be in-... Read More

Rachel Gottfried-Clancy And Gabriel Schwartzman (2014)

Mapping Environmental Justice: Citizen Science, Community Stories, and Public Data for Community Organizing

Rachel and Gabe will be launching a web platform and community organizing effort to serve communities in the midst of water crises, focusing on Southern West Virginia's coalfields and the Sacramento River Delta. The project will create a participatory web platform that involves all aspects of the water-quality monitoring process: from context and data collection, to visualization and organization. The web platform will incorporate government and community-collected data to bridge the gap between the "authoritative" and the "subjective". We hope to integrate data production and analysis with community participation and improve access to water-quality information, which communities can then use for political projects. The project will require a collaborative process amongst grassroots organizations, water experts, technical specialists and community members to implement participatory water monitoring efforts. To generate the necessary data to launch the online organizational... Read More

Ricardo Gomez (2012)

Other Frames: From 'Dream Factory' to Dream Communities

For his Stronach Baccalaureate Prize project, Ricardo will return to his hometown of Oxnard, California to build film collectives at local high school sites. Through collaborative workshops, skill-shares, and community events, students will learn how to develop, produce, and share their own voices, visions, narratives, and creative expressions through film and video. Ricardo states, "Through working on this project, I also plan to collaboratively discover and document a pedagogical approach to teaching film theory and practice that is both culturally relevant to youth from low-income communities of color and up-to-date with contemporary digital video and online publishing practices."

You can see a short presentation on Ricardo's project athttp://prezi.com/xslrobkokvu2/cihs-videofilm-informational-presentation/

Christopher Ategeka (2011)

Pedal or Power

"Obwomezi bwensi enu buli nka kagaali; tikasobora kugwa kasita kaba nikagenda" (translated from Rutooro as "Life is like a bicycle; in order to stay balanced you have to keep moving.") Those were the words of a stranger who gave Chris a ride on the back of his bicycle about a decade ago when he saw him on the side of the road catching his breath, blisters and cuts covering his bare feet after many miles of walking.

Motivated by his own experience growing up in rural Uganda and enduring first hand many of the difficulties posed by lack of adequate transportation, Chris will use his Stronach Baccalaureate Prize to launch "Pedal or Power," a project to help people in rural Uganda learn how to build and maintain their own bicycles using locally available resources. An additional aspect of the project is to refurbish used bicycles, motorizing them with small engines for flexible use. Bicycles will be distributed at no cost to school children, farmers, health care workers or local... Read More

Emma Shaw Crane (2009)

Indigenous Women's Media and Poetry Project

Working with COMPPA, a collective based in Chiapas, Mexico, Emma will develop and facilitate the Indigenous and Garífuna Women's Media and Poetry Project, a series of workshops offered at peoples' community organizations in Chiapas and Oaxaca (Mexico), Petén, Alta Verapaz, and Quiché, (Guatemala), and Intibucá, Antlántida & Tegucigalpa (Honduras). The project proposes to address underdevelopment, low literacy rates, and lack of political representation for indigenous and Garífuna communities, particularly women, through community radio and poetry. The central premise of the project is that access to media and literacy among young women is integral to economic, cultural, political self-determination. The project emphasizes the community radio and poetry as necessary tools of resistance and as ways of building autonomy.

In the process of completing this project, Emma will strengthen her facilitation skills and develop a variety of Spanish-language poetry and media arts... Read More

Petro Kostiv (2006)

Land Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Petro Kostiv is working with three indigenous Zulu communities in South Africa who were forcibly displaced from their land by the racist policies of past governments. Due to historical, socio-economic, and political marginalization, many dispossessed South Africans are still unable to have their grievances recognized today. Such communities were identified merely as a landless people following the end of apartheid while the harsh reality of their daily lives remained ignored. Petro's chief objective will be to study and give voice to their struggle in the new political context of democracy. His project will build on South African field work concerning apartheid that he completed in spring 2006 for his senior thesis in the History Department.

Gabriel Cortez And Natasha Huey (2013)

The Write Home Project

To be homeless in the US is to be a member of a population with few advocates and progressively fewer resources. In the face of the rapidly increasing criminalization of homeless people, Berkeley-based humanitarian organizations like the Suitcase Clinic work hard to provide basic needs, food and shelter, for their clients. However, it is clear that this is not enough. Gabriel and Natasha envision the transformation of shelters and clinics into spaces that better facilitate the expression of voice and positive human connection and that foster dialogue, empathy and understanding between homeless and local populations. They view the creation of creative spaces as critical to altering the life trajectories of people, especially youth, experiencing homelessness. Their project will use weekly poetry writing workshops and monthly open mics to create better spaces for serving the holistic well-being of the homeless youth population. Their project will also utilize a multimedia campaign and... Read More

Eleanor Lum And Joshua Arnold (2014)

Healing from the Ground Up: Soil Testing, Storytelling, and Ecological Restoration in Richmond, CA

Healing from the Ground Up is a community based, participatory educational project whose mission is to assess and map the state of soil health in the city of Richmond, California, for the purposes of empowering communities with necessary tools to reclaim urban soils for agriculture and health. Through a participatory soil mapping process we will identify, test, and plot by GPS areas currently and potentially used for urban agriculture, creating a baseline reference point for the state of soils throughout Richmond. In addition, we will collaborate with the community to design and create a handcrafted map detailing their stories of the places being sampled. This map will explore and document how the soil testing fits into the lived experiences of the community through oral histories of people's connections to the land, (i.e., old farms or gardens, past contamination events, etc.) and the potential for future practicing urban farmers. Lastly, to address the marginal soils, we will... Read More

Nathan Bickart (2013)

Planting in Cal's Backyard: Raised-Bed Gardens for Creeks, Kids, and Communities

Nathan's project will focus on improving ecosystem and community health through the construction of raised-bed community gardens near Wildcat Creek, which runs through Richmond and San Pablo, CA. Riparian habitats in these communities, particularly when they occur at the end of a dead-end street, are frequently used as trash dumps by less-than-certified trash haulers, creating a hazard for the local community and driving citizens away from these natural spaces. Nathan will work with a variety of community partners, including Urban Creeks Council and the cities of Richmond and San Pablo, to build strategically placed raised-bed gardens that will prevent pick-up trucks from backing up to and polluting these neglected habitats. Furthermore, the project aims to improve the health of these challenged communities by increasing access to healthy foods (grown in the garden) and open spaces. Creek restoration will be pursued in concert with garden construction, such that the creek... Read More

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