PHD SYMPOSIUM DAY 1:  DISSERTATION PROPOSALS

Wednesday, APRIL 12TH

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IN THE CROSSROADS CENTER, COURTYARD, OR UPSTAIRS OF THE CROSSROADS CENTER 

8:00 AM      Breakfast | Crossroads

8:45-9:00 AM President John Flicker, Program Chair, and Symposium Committee welcome everyone to the 11th annual Ph.D. Sustainability Symposium.

9:00 AM - 10:50 AM     Dissertation Proposal Presentation Group A

The Beloved Rhizome: 3 Nodes of Reciprocity on the Wood Wide Web

Robin Gunkel

The Beloved Rhizome is an exploration of how reciprocity is expressed on the wood wide web, connecting social networks to forest networks. From examining parallels between the grandmother hypothesis and the wood wide web, to an autoethnographic account of visiting a plant medicine center in the Peruvian Amazon, to the formation of Rhizae Renewal Collective, a bioremediation collective in Baltimore working to remediate a lead contaminated lot, reciprocity and reciprocal restoration are explored in locating relationships that comprise our living world.

DP A.1

Experiencing God In Creation: A 12 Week Adventure

Jadyn Harris

We are not just facing an ecological crisis, we are in a moral crisis of epic proportions. One where we no longer know our true identity. How can we grieve for the loss of sideoats grama, Indian Grass, the Pronghorn, or the Buffalo on the prairies when we do not know them? We have lost our connection to the creator and creation. Years of unsound ecclesiastical practices have led Christians further and further away from God, from Divine Creation, and from Communion in Creation. I propose that we must re-acquaint ourselves with the creator, creation, and the self.

DP A.2

Human Behaviors, Urban Air Quality, and Respiratory Health

Algie Au

Air pollution is most prevalent in densely populated areas due to vehicular traffic, distribution and density of buildings, and available green spaces. The purpose of this study is to uncover the human psychological dimensions that may help mitigate air pollutants, particularly examining the association of air pollution exposure in an urban environment and the prevalence of respiratory diseases of the populace. The focus will be placed on exploring the psychological, social, and emotional factors that may influence urban dweller's transportation choice within the city of Seattle.

DP A.3

Higher Education Consortia: Working together for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Erin Lotz
With an ever-evolving higher education landscape, liberal arts colleges are experimenting with innovative solutions to ensure their sustainable futures. One solution to financial challenge, is to band together as a consortium and share resources with other institutions. Simultaneously, the racial and ethnic diversity of colleges in general is a concern and colleges’ equity orientations must be examined. This presentation will describe a study intended to explore the impacts of like-minded, mission driven consortia when they collaborate on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

DP A. 4

11:00 – 12:00 PM Workshops

Framing Nature

LeAnn Ishcomer

In October of 2014, the Pentagon released a report stating that climate change poses an immediate threat to our national security. In 2015 it's estimated that the United States spent almost 600 Billion dollars on defense spending, and in 2018 the US Federal Government spent only 7 1/2 billion on the EPA. It's clear that the fight for the environment, while grassroots in nature is also political in nature. One tool that we might use in this political fight is Framing. This workshop will be for the purpose of deconstructing the current frame around nature, what it means to us and possible paths forward to reframe it successfully.

12:00 – 12:45 PM Community Lunch (ALL Cohorts)

Workshops Continue

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Aiming for Net-Zero Impact: The Tiny House Ecovillage Potential

(A Board Game)

Linda Pope

We all must strive to have no impact on the planet as quickly as possible, but where do we start? This workshop shows us possibilities through a design process. Whether you start with a butterfly garden, solar panels over a parking space, begin collecting rainwater, or add some micro businesses to a neighborhood, a few small changes transform your view of what is possible. Through this board game, participants are exposed to sustainable issues surrounding water, energy, community, gardens and permaculture, composting, respecting other species, and the arts. As you learn how to transform your neighborhood, you are also transformed.

3:15 - 4:15

Q Sort Analysis of Historical Empathy

Al Pajak

This workshop focuses on the use of Q Sort, a mixed methods research technique. Participants will take part in a Q Sort examining the qualitative analysis of the level of empathy concerning historical persons from an event. This workshop also serves as an introduction to the Q Sorting technique and a beta test for this analysis regarding historical empathy.

6:30p Graduate Dinner with Faculty