From bike racks outside Montag to a local symposium about refugees, the Green Fund program is sponsoring diverse projects that advance sustainability, equity and social justice on campus and in our community.
The program was established in 2014 after undergraduate students voted in a referendum to create an optional fee of $25 per semester. Since then, it’s seen at least 80 percent participation by students.
This year the fund’s awards committee of voting students and advising administrators received 30 project proposals requesting a total of over $220,000. The committee awarded over $72,000 in grants to 22 projects.
“Our community now has the ability to foster creative projects that address interdisciplinary issues of social justice, sustainability and economics,” says Green Fund committee chairman Conner Rettig ’17. “The potential for integrated student, faculty and staff collaboration truly attests to what Willamette can be in the future.”
Awardees: Hania Marien and Professor Joyce Millen
Project: In the “Journeys of my life” community creative writing project, Willamette University and Willamette Academy students work with a distinguished writer and illustrator to address issues of social justice and equity in our community.
Awardees: Phoebe Wagner and Professor Joyce Millen
Project: The on-campus Salem Refugee Symposium builds on the work of Willamette students in three courses studying immigrant and refugee integration into the Salem community. The symposium will bring together key players in the community to explore the current immigrant and refugee situation in and around the City of Salem.
Awardee: Maile Symonds
Project: Support for Symonds’ senior thesis research on college retention and graduation, specifically interviewing students of color at other institutions with relatively high levels of recruitment and retention.
Awardees: Professors Kelly Strawn and Sarah Kirk
Project: A pilot program of the Multicultural Affairs Committee and others to support first-generation and working-class students.
Awardee: Sarah Brush
Project: Re-establishing an annual campus-wide retreat for students, faculty and staff to discuss and affirm the campus community’s goals and aspirations for advancing sustainability, social justice and equity on campus and in our community.
Awardee: Professor Catalina de Onis
Project: In the “Salem Spark” project, de Onis and students will engage and communicate with the Salem community about issues of social justice and equity through coursework, service and other cocurricular activities, with a goal of establishing new and long-term connections
Awardee: Olivia Orosco
Project: Through a research-focused summer internship and Catalina de Onis' "Salem Spark" project, this project will help the Willamette community frame sustainability and environmentalism using an inclusive racial and economic equity lens and to see environmental and social justice movements as co-constitutive.
Awardees: Mary McRobinson and Jonathan Bucci
Project: “Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table” is a collaborative project of the Hatfield Library, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the history department to bring artist Betty Laduke to campus to engage with students and others on issues of sustainability, equity and social justice related to her work and other contemporary issues.
Awardees: Olivia Mancl, Grace Pochis, Ben Johnston, Ari Hoffman and Professor Wendy Petersen-Boring
Project: Bridge funding for the continuation of a part-time small sustainable agriculture, gardening and farming coordinator position to support co-curricular and curricular activities at Zena Forest and on campus.
Awardee: Jordis Miller
Project: Purchase of new bikes to improve the popular bike share program at the student-run Bike Shop.
Awardee: Bethanie Lee
Project: An event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the student-run Sexual Assault Response Allies (SARA) program at Willamette University.
Awardee: Sarah Brush
Project: Support for the student-organized Rally for Science event on Earth Day 2017.
Awardees: Illana Mass and Kelly Donaldson
Project: Summer research support to develop a residence hall energy conservation competition program.
Awardees: Hannah Swanson and Professor Dave Craig
Project: Support for training to research and improve native woodpecker habitat at Zena, on campus and in Bush Park.
Awardees: Rebeca Lopez-Figueroa, Malorie Hill and Gordy Toyama
Project: Support for a student-led textbook drive and share program operated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Awardees: Sierra Wilson and Professor Andrew Duncan
Project: Support for researching waste generation in organic chemistry labs, identifying ways to reduce waste production and improve waste prevention and diversion.
Awardees: Ashley Alunan and Gordon Toyama
Project: Mosaic Mentoring program professional development by attendance at Oregon Students of Color Conference.
Awardee: Jordis Miller
Project: Installation of bike racks at Montag.
Awardee: Professor Stephanie DeGooyer
Project: EcoCriticism curriculum development.
Awardee: Nathan Hectman
Project: Professional and Take a Break program development by attendance at Food Tank Conference.
Awardee: Olivia Mancl
Project: Professional and Farm Club program development by attending Women in Sustainable Agriculture conference.
Awardees: Luisa Williams and Gordy Toyama
Project: Distributing menstrual cups to marginalized groups on campus.
Awardees: Malorie Hill and Gordy Toyama
Project: Office of Multicultural Affairs first-generation student book drive.