"Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP) is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree. Unlike most majors, CEP does not provide a pre-defined educational path. Instead, CEP empowers students to draw on the tools of planning – practice, personal formation, intentionality, communal learning, and stewardship – to pursue their own educational goals in the company of other self-directed students in cohorts limited to 38 students. The CEP core curriculum focuses on theory and practice applied to real-world settings; electives are satisfied by taking courses anywhere on campus. Students also participate in a governance process that supports the major and teaches students how to be effective leaders and doers in the world."
Individual Study Plan
I have created an Individual Study Plan (ISP) as a way of ensuring a level of intentionality to my coursework. In a way, my ISP is an academic "roadmap" of my education, showing how my education was thought out and how it is consistent with my goals.
Increasing Environmental Appreciation Through Photography in Public Schools
There is a current lack of art and outdoor environmental education within the public school system in Seattle. Outdoor education refers to any topic that is taught outside, while environmental education concerns the natural environment and issues that pertain to the natural environment. Students are often taught about problems relating to our environment, but they are rarely taught to simply appreciate it. Art can be used as a tool to give students enjoyable hands on environmental learning in an outdoor setting. By using photography students are able to interact with their environment, show others how they see the world, and feel a deeper sense of appreciation towards nature. This project was inspired by the Literacy Through Photography program at Duke University and will address the question of how photography in an outdoor curriculum can increase a student’s environmental awareness within public schools. To begin answering this question I have compiled a comprehensive literature review and taught a pilot curriculum activity with a K/1 class at Leschi Elementary School that incorporates being outdoors, the environment, and photography. My literature review and observation results suggest that students enjoy interactive activities outside and that outdoor and environmental education is beneficial for student health, environmental awareness, and happiness. In the future, these findings could be studied further with more pilot programs in a variety of school locations, such as within intercity schools where nature is lacking.
Senior Project Ad Poster
Senior Project Presentation
Senior Project Write Up
CEP 301: The Idea of Community
Below is an outline that I used to facilitate a class about God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin, an anarchist philosopher from the 1800s.
CEP 302: Environmental Response
Below is a book report on Richard Lewontin's book The Triple Helix, which critiques how biological science is taught.
CEP 460: Planning in Context
Below is a group report on how the Mt. Baker community can reach the Living Community Challenge goals. This was a quarter-long group project.