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Internship


What is the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program?

All project efforts are carried out through the activities of the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program, which runs in Fall, Spring and Summer and adapts to the season. Interns sustain the planting of the satellite gardens and offer public programs including tours of the gardens. The UIC Sustainability Fee has funded paid internships since its inception in the summer of 2013. The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC)collaborate on this project with program infrastructure provided by the Latino Cultural Center. 

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Internship


What is the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program?

All project efforts are carried out through the activities of the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program, which runs in Fall, Spring and Summer and adapts to the season. Interns sustain the planting of the satellite gardens and offer public programs including tours of the gardens. The UIC Sustainability Fee has funded paid internships since its inception in the summer of 2013. The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC)collaborate on this project with program infrastructure provided by the Latino Cultural Center. 

HOW DO WE TEACH AND LEARN?

The Heritage Garden curriculum is developed and taught by CCUSC directors. It builds on research conducted by LCC and AACC directors Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista when they worked at the Field Museum, which identified a number of key community concerns and strategies for community involvement in climate action including gardening and urban agriculture. The Heritage Garden project frame work uses an assets-based approach that recognizes the range of green practices that people are already doing, builds on cultural values and identity, and links community concerns with environmental issues. 

Garden interns engage in many hands-on, educational activities that help to develop and maintain the garden and sustain their relationships with community partners. Interns research the cultural significance of plants in the garden, gather recipes, and collect stories from family, friends, and neighbors about their environmental friendly practices. Interns participate in weekly discussions about readings related to environmental and cultural sustainability, visit community resources relevant to this project, and work with local artists to make creative and explicit connections between environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and social justice. 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE WHAT THE UIC NEWS SAYS ABOUT US! 

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Curriculum


Curriculum


Internship Goals & Educational Activities 

Establish a sustainable educational model to help engage students around environmental and cultural sustainability issues. 

Intellectual Framework

Our intellectual framework is based on research done by the garden directors, Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista.  

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SYLLABI

Click to download the syllabi we have used throughout the years.  

BOOK DISCUSSION

Find out what books the interns have read that relate to the Heritage Garden's framework. 

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UICHG Community


UICHG Community


Centers for Cultural understanding and social change Directors

Rosa M. Cabrera, PH.D

Director at UIC Latino Cultural Center cabrerar@uic.edu

Mark Martell, PH.D

Director at Asian American Resource and Cultural Center

mmartell@uic.edu

Lori Baptista, PH.D 

Director of African American Cultural Center baptista@uic.edu

Megan Carney, M.A 

Director of Gender and Sexuality Center
carneym@uic.edu

 

Student Leaders and Interns

Current Cohort - fall 2017

 

Alumni

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what our interns are saying


what our interns are saying


This internship has made me more social and interactive in my classes. I do not shy away from discussions as much as I used to. I ask more questions. I challenge the material presented more with my newly developed perspective (especially in sustainability related subjects). I have grown a greater appreciation for the UIC community after working here on campus.
— Karl Novak, Senior, Civil Engineering & Mathematics
 
As an undocumented student, I have also enjoyed having my existence acknowledged as more than my status, but through the labor and beauty that I bring to campus…in being a part of this internship, I also feel like I have some say or some investment in the environment that exists on campus.
— Yaxal Sobrevilla, Senior, Communications and International Studies
The internship has changed a lot of the ways in which I think about sustainability. I never thought about connecting sustainability with cultural traditions. But, once I started story collecting and doing my own research, I realized that people have been practicing different methods of reusing, recycling, and reducing that take into consideration their environments and beliefs.
— Yaritza Guillen, Junior, Urban and Public Affairs