Ecology and Sustainability

Food Justice, Food Sovereignty, and Sustainability: This course will focus on the themes of food justice and sovereignty and how we can create just and sustainable change in our food systems. Students will explore food heritage, food justice and sovereignty, sustainability, sustainability leadership, and form emergent strategies in implementing food systems that embrace these concepts. Students will learn basic gardening skills and reflect on their time in the garden in connection with assigned readings and class discussions. A community service project will take place throughout the course, complementing the learning and experiences students gain from this capstone. This course partners with the Wombyn's Wellness Garden at the Oregon Food Bank, an indigenous led garden that grows food and medicine for the Portland native community and beyond.

This course will focus on how we can create sustainable and just change in our food system and beyond. Students will explore the concepts of sustainability, sustainability leadership, food justice, and food sovereignty through community-based learning with the Wombyn's Wellness Garden (WWG) at the Oregon Food Bank. This course will focus on community building, group discussions and activities, and will work on projects that support the mission of the WWG. For Spring Term 2021, this course will be fully remote with the option to attend in-person meetings at the WWG (depending on Oregon's Covid policies). Optional in-person meetings will happen at the WWG on Mondays from 10am-12pm and synchronous Zoom meetings will happen on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. The WWG is located at the Oregon Food Bank site at 7900 NE 33rd Drive Portland OR 97266.

This capstone is designed to use a singular example in order to frame the broader issue of conservation and climate change.  In particular, the experience is designed to take place in the Danau Girang Field Centre, a research facility run cooperatively by the Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University of Wales (  The Centre is quite remote and in a patch of isolated rainforest, located in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sabah (North Borneo), Malaysia.