Create and inspire social change while at NAU
Whether your passion is addressing food sovereignty, plastic pollution, or other social and environmental challenges, our Sustainable Communities master’s degree and undergraduate minor in Civic Engagement prepare you to make a difference—right now.
In contrast to other programs, you have the opportunity to identify the intersecting economic, social, and political processes that create problems. Our program enables students to address the root causes of those problems and contribute to positive social change in our communities. This program cultivates dynamic, well-rounded leaders in sustainability, civic engagement, interdisciplinary research, and social justice.
Recent projects include:
- Rachel Ellis worked with the Black Mesa Trust, the Grand Canyon Trust, and members of the Hopi Tribe on a project that sought to ensure the longevity of the biocultural resources in the confluence of the Little and main Colorado Rivers.
- Jorge Garza analyzed the social consequences of gentrification and development in a downtown neighborhood in Flagstaff, Arizona.
- Elizabeth Gallagher studied the adaptive capacity of farmers in the Verde Valley, Arizona, to respond to climate change. Her work with her advisor, Associate Professor Diana Stuart, was published in the journal Environmental Management.
Your faculty mentors will bring expertise from a variety of disciplines—sociology, anthropology, environmental sustainability, public health, and chemistry—to support your unique program of study based on issue(s) you are compelled to address.
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