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Student Pathways

  • The SPARC Environmental Justice Lab views training and mentoring as part of the research process. Collectively we have more knowledge than we do as individuals. We foster the development of shared knowledge and team problem solving, through regular meetings, where each member reports on successes, challenges, and problems. We share suggestions and experiences to assist each other and to increase investment in each other’s work. This nurturing space fosters creativity and fosters working together, helping bridge relations between the university and the community. It also ensures that the research projects remain focused on community benefit. 
  • Students are trained in a variety of methods, depending upon the needs of specific projects. They are immersed in learning about community-engaged research and meet with community members to develop specific research projects and to define goals. Previously trained graduate students help coordinate the different components of a research project, working with community members, students, and scholars. In this peer mentoring is employed, as graduate students assist one another and undergraduate students. This structure helps establish continuity to maintain training and mentoring, as well as progress on the various projects. Students who want to continue working on these projects--whether as advanced undergraduate or graduate students--help train and mentor the next group of students participating in community-engaged learning.

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Last Updated: 6/29/23