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Engaging with UC's PEWS

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

GCRFPC's Director Speaks with the Center for Public Engagement with Science

Our Director, Maddie Chera, spoke with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff on April 1, 2022, as an invited guest at the weekly meeting of the Research & Discussion Group at University of Cincinnati’s Center for Public Engagement with Science (PEWS).

In the session, Maddie shared about how her own background in research on food and sustainability feeds into her work with the GCRFPC, and she provided an overview of our mission, scope, and projects. About 15 members of the group convened in a hybrid format, and a lively Q&A session followed the brief and casual presentation.

photo collage of Maddie giving a presentation, a grocery cart full of produce, the cover of a report, and a group of women standing side by side outdoors
a slide from Maddie's presentation gives a glimpse of some of the tasks she performs as a part of the GCRFPC team

Undergraduate and graduate students asked insightful questions about how the GCRFPC decides what to take on and how we work with other organizations and directly with community members. Students and faculty drew on their own varied experiences working in community-facing projects, including in other cities and right here in Cincinnati.

One professor made a new Farm to School connection, putting the GCRFPC in touch with other parents at Clifton Area Neighborhood School who are involved in garden education.

And Maddie shared her advice about moving to a new place and jumping into community-engaged work:

follow the news and get involved with a connector organization like Green Umbrella!

💡 Check out opportunities to get involved with Green Umbrella and the GCRFPC yourself, or contact us to discuss collaboration with your group!


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