Frances Schlageter

Frances Schlageter

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Course Summary

I've really enjoyed ENVS 295 this year. In such a polarized and divisive time, this class feels more relevant than ever. We've delved deep into environmental engagement, discussing what it means to truly engage rather than simply agree or disagree with people who hold different views, and the importance of opening up a two-sided dialogue around environmental issues. Through our reconnaissance trip and readings such as those on post-truth and effective action, we've seen the difficulties of engagement and above all its importance in creating empathic, honest communication that can lead to more productive action in the long term. We've been able to process and synthesize our learnings and reflections through forum posts and our DS site, and have begun an exciting partnership in order to explore engagement through the approaches of particular organizations.

Engagement Partnership

One important part of ENVS 295 is an environmental engagement partnership with a Portland-area organization. The page linked above offers information and resources I helped compile for my organizational partner this semester.

Engagement Project

Building on the engagement partnership above, our team developed a related engagement project in collaboration with the partner. The page linked above offers details on our engagement project.

My Course Posts

I've done a series of posts throughout the semester related to readings, our partnership, our project, and my thoughts on environmental engagement. See below for all posts I've published, in reverse order by date.

Assessing a “Language Exchange”

April 22, 2020

In considering how our project idea of a language exchange could be implemented, it’s important to consider how we will assess the success of our project and figure out where to make adjustments or changes as necessary. To do so, we would of course need to gather feedback from our […]

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Quién?: PCUN, Language, and the “Who” of Engagement

April 14, 2020

Our group’s partnership is with PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste), an organization founded in the Willamette Valley that focuses on protecting and representing the interests of the Latinx community, especially advocating for farmworkers. Through its sub-groups PCUN pursues many goals, such as community outreach, lobbying, collective bargaining rights, […]

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Language Exchange: Breaking Down Barriers

April 7, 2020

INTRODUCTION In our partnership, we have researched and considered the work done by PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) in order to identify possible projects that would tie together our organization partnership with all that we have learned about environmental engagement from our class. One possible idea for an […]

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Reflections on Environmental Engagement for Change & Compassion

March 22, 2020

It’s hard to know where to begin with reflecting on ENVS 295 because we’ve done and learned so much. I think the biggest thing that stuck out to me in this class was the reconnaissance trip, a really enriching experience that had a lasting impact on me and my understanding […]

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How Does PCUN Engage?

March 11, 2020

Models of Engagement Our readings included a summary of the three models of environmental communication.  These models include the classical deficit model and the framing model, which both rely on the idea that the primary issue is a lack of scientific understanding. The classical model focuses solely on the facts […]

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The Who of PCUN

March 9, 2020

This week we are thinking about the “who” of environmental engagement and remembering that that “who” is often divided. In thinking about this concept, we visited the Hidden Tribes website and took a quiz which offered a relatively simplified view of how Americans identify politically. The More in Common company […]

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Post Truth PCUN

March 2, 2020

Introduction Our “post-truth” readings included the New York Times articles “Trump Is Waiting and He Is Ready” by Thomas Edsall (Edsall 2020) and “Post-Truth Politics Afflicts the Global South, Too” by Laura Chinchilla (Chinchilla 2019), as well as the website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, particularly […]

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Fighting for Latinx Rights

February 25, 2020

What is Effective Altruism? Effective Altruism is a movement that employs “the use of research, evidence, and reasoning to figure out how to help others as much as possible, then having a community of people take action on these findings.” Proponents of Effective Altruism use a framework to determine which […]

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Engaging with the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

February 17, 2020

Overview Bright and early on the morning of Friday January 31, our ENVS 295 class set out on a field trip. The first stop on our trip was the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, located on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge about 45 minutes east of Portland. Getting […]

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