Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program

Victoria Beard

Victoria BeardA 2013 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Victoria Beard is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Read her faculty profile for more information.

The Story

Victoria partnered with a non-governmental organization Yayasan Kota Kita to develop a planning workshop that engaged communities along the Pepe River in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia. The collaboration focused on two issues (1) the tension between providing poor communities with access to open, public space while simultaneously protecting the poorest residents’ “right to the city”, and (2) the complex planning, coordination and collective action problems associated with providing water and sanitation services to these communities. With our support, she met with community representatives, Yayasan Kota Kita, and local government officials to develop the course and assess the possibility of a sustained campus-community partnership. This complex, international planning workshop will continue to expose graduate students to the complexity as well as the nuances of planning with poor communities in the global South.

“Due to the complexity associated with planning in an international setting, the number of community/institutional/government actors involved, and the need to build trust… a long-term relationship has the potential to facilitate a meaningful experience for both the students as well as the community far beyond what is possible through short term or one-off encounters.”

The Strategy

  • Critically examined models of service learning and engaged research
  • Built on the experiences of colleagues who implement service learning courses and engaged research
  • Developed a better understanding of the power, institutional, and community relationships involved in global service learning projects
  • Explored approaches for addressing imbalances in community-based planning
  • Designed a graduate planning workshop course with rigorous service learning and engaged research components
  • Traveled to Indonesia to facilitate an ongoing partnership among the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell, Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, the communities in Solo, the non-governmental organization Yayasan Kota Kita, and the local government in Solo.
  • Invited Indonesian representatives to Ithaca to meet with students.
  • Pursued funds to support a small number of students from the workshop course who were interested in traveling to Indonesia.

In The News

Planners to study development in Indonesia (December 17, 2013, Cornell Chronicle)

CRP Launches International Development Workshop in Indonesia (December 5, 2013, AAP website)

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A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell

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