The IDCE Department at Clark University is a community of scholars and practitioners, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the diversity of work, research, activism and service activities with which IDCE students fill their summers. And I do mean fill—almost to bursting, in fact. I’ve caught glimpses of these busy three-month interludes many times over the years—at parties, graduation ceremonies, speaking events—so I thought it would be of interest to the wider community to pull as many as possible together in one place.
In mid-May, I asked students to share their plans. Here is what they’ll be up to.
Sarah Gates (GISDE) will be conducting research projects with The Fair Tech Collective and World Resources Institute as a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea.
Stanley Greidinger will be working with Professor Tim Downs and various students on a environmental impact assessment review which they hope to publish. Stanley will also continue his job at the US Forest Service where he is an executive assistant, and taking over a position as the general manger for the Clark Community Thrift store. Stanley adds that all of this is part of ramping up his practical experience with community and environmental issues, as well as connecting his academic study to research.
Cory Hertog (ES&P/MBA dual degree program) will be working with the Environmental Defense Fund as a Climate Corps Fellow. Cory will conduct energy and water efficiency benchmarking on public housing properties in Boise, Idaho, to gather data on the properties and identify energy saving opportunities.
Drew Hooks (IDSC) will travel to Barcelona to conduct focus groups with members of worker cooperatives. These focus groups will discuss the members’ motivations for forming cooperatives and the manner in which their respective cooperatives engage with the community.
Bethia Kadoe (ES&P) has an internship with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) in Lexington, MA, for the first half of the summer, and will be spending the latter half in Burma/Myanmar researching impacts of sand mining.
Jeanie Lai (GISDE) will be in the Denver area completing a fellowship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she will be locating, digitizing, and updating spatial data related to the Mexican spotted owl and southwestern willow flycatcher.
Daniel Lassila will be doing GIS land-cover research with the NGO Iracambi in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Nara McCray (GISDE) is spending the summer in Washington D.C. creating energy access maps of India and Tanzania for the World Resources Institute.
Molly McPhee (CDP Class of 2017) is working this summer as Assistant Director at a Boys & Girls Club camp in Colorado.
Kelsey Meisenhelder (GISDE) will be a conservation geospatial technician with the Nature Conservancy on Palmyra Atoll (about 1,000 miles south of Hawaii) as part of the Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) intern program. Kelsey will be taking geospatial data in the field (with a GPS) to support ongoing ecology research, and will create infrastructure maps of the research station and islands.
Hasnaa Mokhtar (Ph.D. student, International Development) will be working with Professor Nicole Overstreet on a research project identifying sociocultural barriers preventing Muslim women survivors of violence from accessing services in Worcester, MA, and developing strategies to reduce gaps in service needs. She has also been accepted into the Karamah Law & Leadership Summer Program which she will attend for two weeks in July in Washington, D.C.
Magaly Preciado (IDSC) will start a project with the UN Global Compact office in Mexico, developing indicators to evaluate the sustainability reports presented by corporate signatories. She also has an internship as a Diversity & Inclusion Analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
Patrick Seed (IDCE MA Class of 2017) will by traveling to Roche a Bateau, Haiti, at the end of May to assist with post-Hurricane Matthew reconstruction.
Matthew Woodruff will be working as an assistant program coordinator for Recreation Worcester, a free six week youth development program that takes place at local parks. Matthew will oversee data management and program evaluation for all sites.
(Editor’s Note: don’t see your name? Never fear: just send me your own summer plans and I’ll update this post)