Matthew Weston

Matthew Weston
A Hispanic Studies Major, Environmental Studies Minor at Lewis and Clark College.

Course Summary

ENVS 295 prepares students for real word environmental conflicts. The course sets out to not only define engagement in the field but also prepare skills needed to engage effectively. Communication is at the center of the course working both on face to face interaction as well as digital scholarship. Overall ENVS 295 prepares students for the exchange of information towards a greater common goal. This semester we have initiated our own engagement projects in groups. Stemming from a field trip at the start of the semester we looked at how environmental problems may not be black and white and require cooperation from both sides towards a common outcome. Our team has been working to understand PCUN better and inspect how their organization engages. This far into the course I have learned how to redefine engagement and separating it from similar terms such as environmental action. This process has been focused around how we as professionals communicate.

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.

Cooking in Limbo

May 6, 2020

As I sit reflecting on how much our environments have changed since February, you cannot help but ask what a new normal may look like. It is clear that every form of everyday life has been affected. While I write this in the dining room of my work, I cannot […]

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Input for Better Output

April 22, 2020

Input for our project should be gathered in three sections, english speaking farm workers such as the OFB, Latinx farm workers such as PCUN, and input from language instructors at Lewis and Clark. Each of these three groups offers unique approaches to language barriers that may exist. Unfortunately due to […]

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Intercambios en Agricultura

April 15, 2020

PCUN does a very good job of addressing the community and engaging members of the Latinx community. They use many different mediums in order to have the greatest effect on the largest number of people. PCUN’s actions have even seen an entire Latinx school board assembled to best represent its […]

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Open Table: What Happens When You Invite Others

April 6, 2020

PCUN is a very dynamic organization that seeks to engage with the community at multiple different levels including three organizational branches.  The 501(c)3 is centered around community engagement, the 501(c) 4 represents their political advocacy actions, and the 501 C(5) serves as a labor union to their members. Along these […]

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Engage in Active Reflection

March 25, 2020

When I enrolled in Environmental Engagement I was still studying abroad in Spain. Starting in November I began to receive emails to organize our engagement trip for the start of class in January. During this time prior to the semester I didn’t spend much time thinking about the trip or […]

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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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