Engaged Opportunity Grants Awarded to AAP Faculty and Students
Linda Shi, assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and third-year architecture student Cornelius Tulloch (B.Arch. '21) are the most recent recipients of Engaged Opportunity Grants in support of Engaged Cornell.
Shi's $5,000 grant is part of a collaboration with urban planners at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, Massachusetts. The grant will support a spring workshop class titled Responding to Local Fiscal Vulnerability to Climate Change.
Participating students will work with MAPC, elected officials, planners, and other stakeholders in selected municipalities to identify and compare alternative scale and land-use policies that address issues related to climate change in coastal Massachusetts. Research and workshop results may be incorporated into MAPC's evolving regional plan and serve as a framework for future research comparing scale policy alternatives.
The Ithaca-Boston initiative received support under the Engaged Opportunity Grant's student leadership category aimed at projects where "students can integrate their leadership education and community engagement through critical reflections, and collaborations with diverse partners (e.g., communities, alumni, and other university stakeholders) that build student leadership capacity through community engagement." Beyond student leadership, other categories for this grant include travel expenses for academic presentations and seed funding for new community engaged projects.
Tulloch is part of a team that also won an Engaged Opportunity Grant for student leadership for the fall 2018 edition of THREAD magazine. Tulloch and his collaborators assist in the production of the student-run publication that features student-made work in the areas of fashion, photography, styling, and design. The magazine was created in 2011 and continues to be published once every semester. The latest edition of THREAD will be distributed to an estimated readership of 500 in spring 2019.
A number of Engaged Cornell grants are offered to different groups on campus throughout the year, many of which are designed to support community-engaged partnerships between Cornell and outside organizations. Engaged Opportunity Grants accommodate the widest range of projects led by faculty and staff while keeping Cornell students, who reap unique benefits from community-engaged learning, a top priority in the proposal selection process.