Rose Mayer

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Course Summary

Environmental engagement, or ENVS 295, intersects the theoretical aspect of the Environmental Studies program with the practical application of real world engagement. Within this class we strive to achieve a middle ground within the polarizing, and often political, landscape that subjects of environmental issues, such as climate change or resource depletion, have become. Thus far we have explored the various aspects of engagement, asking the "what, who, and how" of creating meaningful conversations. After asking these key questions we then moved into our own forms of engagement by reaching out to various organizations and creating a working dialogue with them. As we move forward in the semester I look forward to building an engagement skillset that I will carry throughout my possible career.

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.

Aren’t You a Little Young to be Engaged?: Creating Dialogue with a Polarized Audience

May 2, 2020

How We Define Engagement This class is titled, “Environmental Engagement” without context these words hold endless meanings and definitions. In this course we delve into our own interpretation of engagement: conversation towards action. This course offers the opportunity to explore the importance of engagement and delve into our own experience […]

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Creating a CDE Campus

May 1, 2020

Our partner organization, Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE), states in its mission that it “harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the US environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances”. When thinking of possible projects I wanted to focus on […]

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Who’s Who in the Albina District

April 13, 2020

Within the ENVS program we methodologically view  our work within our own vocabulary and system, one way we view things is via breaking down the “what”, “how”, and  “who” of whatever we are investigating. Here I will be discussing the “who” within the context of our ongoing collaboration with theCenter […]

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CDE’s Approach to Engagement

March 11, 2020

Deficit & Framing Model Models of Environmental Communication is an article that defines the three models of environmental communication; the classical (deficit) model, the framing model, and the contemporary (dialogic) model. The classical (deficit) model communicates in a very “apocalyptic” tone and utilizes shocking statistics to inspire action within the […]

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Missing Voices of the Environmental Movement and the Message of CDE

March 10, 2020

Divided Who, Who are we? When learning about the different “who’s” of Environmental Studies we took a more personal approach by first learning about our own identities. Our class began by taking two surveys and unsurprisingly, our peers had very similar results. We started with the Hidden Tribes quiz which […]

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Navigating Diversity in a Post Truth Space

March 2, 2020

Understanding “Post Truth” We are living in a time like never before. Trump’s inauguration has polarized our nation in such a way that most would deem depressing and in some cases even apocalyptic. Thomas B. Edsall’s article “Trump Is Waiting and He Is Ready” is not only relevant but very […]

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Including Diverse Leaders Within Effective Engagement

February 26, 2020

Effective altruism is a type of research that applies logically sound evidence and careful reasoning to help generate the most desired solution that benefits the most people. In order to properly uphold effective altruism, we must utilize reliable and credible sources as a means of being able to approach any […]

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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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