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Community Engagement

Practitioner-in-Residence Program

The Community Practitioner-in-Residence program is a semester-long residency for community leaders looking to use the tools of humanities and culture to further environmental and climate justice.

Rikki Nadkarni-Longino in garden

Rikki Nadkarni-Longino, Spring 2021 Practitioner-in-Residence

Our biggest welcome to Rikki Nadkarni-Longino, the first Environmental Humanities Community Practitioner-in-Residence. The Community Practitioner-in-Residence Program is a semester-long residency for community leaders who use the tools of humanities and culture to further environmental and climate justice and aims to forge reciprocal relationships between community practitioners and the Environmental Humanities Program. Rikki’s residency will occur for the duration of the Spring '21 semester.

Rikki (they/them) is the founder of Mobile Moon Coop and garden coordinator at the Salt Lake Public Library. They have been a community gardener and organizer in Salt Lake since 2013, working in various capacities to feed the people, the soil and living culture of this bioregion.

“As the Environmental Humanities Practitioner-in-Residence, I envision a process of connection, organization, action and reflection. Each student will have the opportunity to develop their own unique process related to food sovereignty and community resilience. Using this region’s interconnected network of resources and organizations, I will guide them to be agents of ecological and social remediation. At the end of the semester, the collective efforts of the cohort will be compiled into a multimedia zine (non-commercial magazine) and submitted for publication."

Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Environmental Humanities intends to bring a practitioner-in-residence to the University each semester through 2023. See the fold below to learn more.

The residency program aims to forge reciprocal relationships between community practitioners and the Environmental Humanities Program. Benefits include a $25,000 award, access to University libraries and faculty, and potential sustained collaboration with passionate Environmental Humanities students. Practitioners should live in Utah, preferably Salt Lake or the greater Wasatch Front.

Expectations of the Practitioner

  • Develop a project of personal and community interest that furthers their work for environmental and climate justice using humanities tools, such as storytelling, art, public history, culture, creative writing, communication, language, and ethics
  • Develop a public presentation to be given at one campus-based location and one community-based location
  • Advise Environmental Humanities students on their master’s project, community engaged learning, activism, and job opportunities
  • Hold regular office hours (4-6 hours/week) for student mentorship
  • Bridge the gap between the academy and community
  • Attend lunches and talks organized by the Environmental Humanities Program
  • Coordinate community engagement opportunities for students, such as field visits or volunteering with a community group

How to Apply

The next application round will take place early summmer for the Fall 2021 residency. Please contact j.brooke.larsen@utah.edu for more information.

The vision statement should include:

  1. Description of a project of personal and community interest you will develop or build upon during your residency, including:
    1.  How you will use humanities tools to further environmental and/or climate justice in Utah
    2. Your plan to leverage the resources of the University
    3. Ideas to engage students in your project, such as field visits
  2. How prior experience working with communities on climate justice, environmental racism, and/or environmental justice will inform your residency
  3. What, if any, experience you have mentoring and advising students/youth

 

 

Last Updated: 6/3/21