Taught by Kristy Hopfensperger
Discussion and analysis of current environmental problems. For junior and senior students majoring in environmental science or minoring in environmental studies.
- ENV 493 student
Remarks from Chris Clements, Imago Executive Director:
People often ask me what my favorite part of my job is, and truthfully, it's hard to pick one part, there are so many rewarding things about the work that we do. If I were forced to pick though, I would say that my favorite part is working in collaboration with other great people to get things done. I feel honored to be among collaborators who show such talent, generosity, wisdom, humor, resilience, ingenuity, passion and spirit. It elevates Imago's work and it inspires me. This collaboration between Dr. H at NKU, our wonderful NKU student team, the class, and now our generous funders is another instance of such grace. I am grateful to be here for it.
Imago will use this gift to continue our development of projects to bring nature to our Price Hill neighbors. As is typical of many low-income communities, access to nature is limited - but it doesn't have to be. With these funds we will design programs, opportunities, and experiences that will bring the wonderful benefits of nature to our Price Hill community. This funding will sync perfectly with the work that our NKU student team is developing for class. We are grateful for the generous funding and for the opportunity to "work" with such amazing people.
Professor Hopfenpserger: We did most things online, which is new for this course. The course was online synchronous and we used breakout rooms in Zoom for student teams to meet. Community partners also joined us most weeks online and participated with teams in the breakout rooms. We shared all documents with community partners via NKU's Microsoft OneDrive. Presentations were all online with Zoom and we recorded when some could not attend. Students could not car pool to field sites and had to stay distanced during any outdoor data collection or on-site work.
I think we did our best being online and it worked out ok. On my own student reflection assignment, many students said that they loved the project and would advise the instructor to do it again, but many also said that they wished there was more of an in-person component - especially with students and community partners.