Katherine Sugura



  • Katherine Sugura

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    Course Summary

    Environmental Engagement (ENVS 295) is a course devoted to conversations across differences and toward environmental action. This class has taught me that engagement is more than providing a conversation, but it can be further defined in terms of what, who, and how. The What considers the environmental concern or context of the conversation, the Who concerns all relevant stakeholders involved in the context, and the How is the bridge that provides a place of coproduction of knowledge. These three concepts are the framework in which people across different political views and experiences can come together and progress for environmental and many other contexts. This revelation inspires me to implement this in future projects I may be involved with. Additionally, this course has incorporated the action from engagement as well in the form of a reconnaissance trip and a semester-long partnership project with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The reconnaissance trip was a weekend-long retreat around Northern Oregon where the class learned how different local NGOs practice engagement and what it means for their organization. Building from this foundation the partnership project, in which I have partnered with Healthy Democracy, has deepened my understanding and my analysis of engagement.

    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 progress as Healthy Democracy Bridges the Gap Between Rural and Urban Oregon

    April 21, 2020

    As we move forward with Healthy Demroacy we intend to track our progress in the form of various assessments. We understand that using online resources as an interface of engagement across Oregon’s rural and urban populations has its challenges, but with active progress reports and assessments, we believe this has […]

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    What is going on for Healthy Democracy?!

    April 14, 2020

    In an effort to strengthen environmental engagement in theory and practice we have been researching and working alongside Healthy Democracy a non-governmental organization (NGO). This NGO hosts conversations that aim to build trust between citizens and government and empower citizens’ voices in policy decision making. They encourage diverse opinions in […]

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    The Price to Pay for engagement

    April 6, 2020

    Preparation To prepare for this project, we were assigned to host an interview with our partnership team Healthy Democracy (HD).  For this post, we have detailed and defined engagement as it relates to HD in the Who, What, and How of engagement. In the process of completing this project, we […]

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    An Eye-Opening Journey Through Environmental Engagement

    March 22, 2020

    In The Beginning In the first week of this course, ENVS 295, we read and discussed the definition of engagement and how it can be applied to environmental issues. Before this course, my pessimistic doubt led me astray as to think there was little hope for change in a polarized […]

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    “How” Healthy Democracy Works

    March 12, 2020

    Introduction In Environmental Engagement, we’ve determined the what, the who and now we are determining the how. This is referred to as engagement through two-way dialogue. An article by Jim Proctor at Lewis & Clark highlights three methods in which engagement is practiced through different types of conversation. The three types that […]

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    The Who of Healthy Democracy

    March 9, 2020

    Introduction This week we focused on ‘The Who’ of environmental engagement. This encompasses a wide variety of considerations, but is primarily focused on who is taken into account in the policy decision-making process. The article by Luyet et al, 2012 it explores how engagement is practiced within a framework that […]

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    Healthy Democracy Post-Truth

    March 2, 2020

    What is Environmental Engagement in a Post-Truth World? In ENVS 295 this week we focused on the meaning of alternative facts in a world of post-truths and rapid overload of information. In class, we discussed the definition of post-truth and alternative facts using the following articles by Thomas Edsall (2020) […]

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    Making a Difference with Healthy Democracy

    February 25, 2020

    Definition Effective Altruism or Action is defined as an approach to making a difference that takes into account the ability to actually make progress on or accomplish a particular goal, and in turn have a significant impact and measurable benefits (2016). It also discusses the importance of evaluating what issues […]

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    Collaboration at the Fire Station

    February 18, 2020

    Introduction Our Environmental Engagement class, ENVS 295, went on a reconnaissance trip to encounter various environmental conflicts in Oregon that represent opportunities for inclusive engagement across differences. One of the presentations we experienced on the trip involved The Hood River Forest Collaborative (HRFC). The group presented in the form of […]

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