Undergraduate Engagement in the Community
The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice invests in new and ongoing programs that engage students in real-world experience and learning.
Initial investments: During 2015, the Haury Program invested in three successful programs to increase their effectiveness and educational opportunities in social justice and the environment:
- Support for Undergraduate Leaders in the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) Compost Cats,
- Support for Biosphere 2 Outreach Scholars, and
- Community and School Garden Program.
New approach to undergraduate funding: In fiscal year 2017, the Haury Program took a new approach and invested in three existing programs as undergraduate funding pilot projects:
The University of Arizona Green Fund is a unique approach to campus sustainability. Through its Annual Grant and Mini Grant programs, the Green Fund supports sustainability-related projects proposed by any member of the UA community, and encourages collaborations between students, faculty, and staff. In FY17, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice provides additional funding via the usual Annual Grant and Mini Grant funding process for projects that provide socially just solutions to environmental problems. Notably, all grants are awarded by a committee of ten graduate and undergraduate students, which means the decisions behind this student-funded program are made by students.
The University of Arizona Office of Student Engagement, 100% Engagement offers grants to student engagement projects. As with the Greeen Fund, the Haury Program provides funding under the existing framework to projects with a social justice and environmental component. The Haury Program funding especially encourages student engagement in projects and programs in the larger off-campus community, such as internships in local non-profits working on environment and social justice challenges. This funding adds to the total amount available for projects.