I’m a U of M Senior in LSA with a Russian & Eastern European Studies major, Russian proficiency, and study abroad experience in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I am also in the Residential College, concentrating in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities with a studio art focus on photography and print media, independent concentration in issues of social justice, art activism, and community organizing.
My involvement in the Semester in Detroit program is an active decision to engage my Arts & Ideas concentration by living and working with real community initiatives in Detroit.
I like cooking for large groups of people, making art, finding art, making found art, guerrilla gardening, urban agriculture, getting from place to place on two wheels, not keeping things to myself, tomatoes, poppies, painting on really big things, hiking, modge podge, ecosystems, spontaneous dance parties, and porching it.
Courses at UM Detroit Center
- Urban Planning course taught by Professor June Thomas, exploring the history of Detroit through its planning and development.
- Reflection Seminar facilitated by Craig Regester, discussion with program participants and invited guest lecturers.
Detroit Connections Art&Design Outreach
Collaboratively teaching a Friday art program to 4th and 5th graders at Butzel Elementary.
Wayne State Elective
Cities & Food: Sustainable Food Systems taught by Professor Kami Pothukuchi of the Wayne State Department of Geography and Urban Planning.
This is a service-learning course about food and agriculture systems for students who wish to bring about positive community change in urban settings, including by working with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. The class is based on two central premises. One, communities and regions are important units of analysis and arenas of action for improving diets, reducing hunger, revitalizing economies, and building sustainable food systems. Two, local planning and policy offer important tools for achieving these goals. The instructor has national experience with community and regional food planning, and the course will offer opportunities to engage with cutting edge ideas and experiences in community and regional food planning. It will feature classroom lectures including those by community-based food activists, audio-visual presentations, community site visits, and projects illuminating particular community food linkages.
Volunteer partner: Earthworks urban garden
Project Proposal: Healthy Corner Stores, partnered with Earthworks and Seed Wayne
Project-based Work Study Position
Working as Semester in Detroit staff on program development with Associate Director Craig Regester.