This semester, our Environmental Engagement class has been working on partnering with different organizations in the Portland community. Through these partnerships, we are hoping to create lasting relationships between these organizations and the Environmental Studies Department. My group is partnered with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC). We are currently working on an engagement project proposal that a future ENVS 295 class would complete. We are envisioning an engagement project where students from the ENVS 295 class work with PHCC to create a PHCC instagram page working to reach a younger audience. This is our initial project idea, and we are currently talking through what our goals, assessments, and input are for the project.
When proposing a project, it is important to seek input from differing perspectives in order to receive constructive criticism. Some input we received from Cassie Cohen, the executive director of PHCC, helped us formulate the idea for our project. Cassie talked to us about how currently PHCC does not have a very active presence on social media. Additionally, she talked about a need to reach a younger demographic. From this input, our team came up with the project idea to create a PHCC instagram.
Going forward, it would be beneficial to receive input and feedback from young people about what they like to see on instagram. We are going to start that process next week by talking to some other students from our ENVS 295 class about our project. We also plan to check back in with Cassie Cohen about the project proposal to see if she has any feedback. Lastly, it would be beneficial to receive input from a faculty member. Jessica Kleiss, an environmental studies professor at Lewis and Clark College, is someone we would like to reach out to for input. Along with being an expert in environmental studies, she is familiar with PHCC because she worked to plan a field trip with them this semester. It would be great to see what thoughts she has on our project proposal.