Sophie Marchetti

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Course Summary

ENVS 295 is about gaining an understanding of all the ways environmental engagement has been enacted and thinking critically to judge which of these ways is the most effective in a given setting. In ENVS 295 I have built a foundation of knowledge about engagement as a whole as well as within an environmental context. With this foundation I have accomplished a grasp on digital scholarship. So far, I have learned how to work collaboratively with my partnership team. Through our work with PCUN I have also learned how connected everything is to environmental issues, from social justice and immigration laws to pesticide use, all of these issues needed to be engaged with.

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.

PCUN: The Goals of Engagement

April 21, 2020

PCUN does a tremendous amount of work with their myriad sub-organizations and partners. For our partnership project, our group aims to work with PCUN on something that aligns with their values and goals as an organization as well as fills a space that they are not yet occupying.  Our proposed […]

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What’s the Problem: PCUN, Language, and Pesticides

April 14, 2020

PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste) as an organization tackles many issues. They aim to protect and ensure the rights of the Latinx farmworker community.  They do this through their myriad programs such as the Healthy Workplaces program which educates farmworkers about safe practices, raid resistance, as well as […]

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Engaging with PCUN: The Problem of Pesticides

April 7, 2020

Introduction Throughout the semester, our team has been building upon our knowledge of PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste).  We have discovered just how complex their range of projects and organizations are.  One of the things that continues to come up in our ongoing research and reflection from their […]

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So Far in ENVS 295…

March 23, 2020

The First Step: Reconnaissance Trip Early in the semester, at the beginning of this class ENVS 295: Environmental Engagement, we went on a “Reconnaissance Trip.” At the time, I did not question what exactly “reconnaissance trip” meant. The word choice of “reconnaissance” seemed quite militaristic and official as if we […]

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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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Engagement Visit With PCUN

February 18, 2020

Our Visit In this ever fracturing world, opportunities for meaningful engagement seem to have become fewer and more far between. With this in mind, our Environmental Engagement (ENVS295) class embarked on a two day field trip around the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley in order to meet and discuss with […]

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