Engaged Curriculum Grants

Fostering Engaged Learning, Research and Experience in Rural Ecuador

A proposed open-pit copper mine has threatened biodiversity and rural lifestyle in the Intag region of Ecuador since the 1990s — leading to conflicts, environmental advocacy and community organizing to design sustainable economic alternatives to mining. Through research projects and internships with new and existing community partners in the region — as well as engagement projects not requiring travel to Ecuador — students learn to apply academic knowledge to complex place-based problems, better preparing them for careers in agriculture, conservation and rural development. At the same time, community partners benefit from iterative multi-year projects that further their capacity for sustainable development and self-determination.

Grant type: Planning

The Team

  • James Lassoie, Department of Natural Resources
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Angela Fuller, Department of Natural Resources
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Carla Gomes, Department of Computer Science, Department of Information Science, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, SC Johnson College of Business
  • Stephen Morreale, Department of Natural Resources
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Amanda Rodewald, Department of Natural Resources
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Lab of Ornithology
  • Terry Tucker, School of Integrative Plant Science – Horticulture Section
    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Community partner: Asociación Agroartesanal de Caficultores Río (AACRI)
  • Community partner: Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag (DECOIN)
  • Community partner: Mujer y Medio Ambiente (MyMA)
  • Community partner: Red Ecoturistica de Intag (REI)

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