The Morgridge Center for Public Service has launched a new professional development program, Morgridge Fellows, to further support community-engaged scholarship at UW–Madison. Community-engaged scholarship is defined as teaching, research, and scholarly activities that are performed in equitable, mutually beneficial collaboration with communities and community members to fulfill campus and community objectives.
Claire Luby, a faculty associate in the Department of Horticulture, is among ten faculty and instructors in the inaugural cohort. Luby’s community-based research focuses on improving seed sovereignty for a variety of communities, including supporting the work of several Native American tribes in Wisconsin. She is also re-introducing the service-learning component to the introductory horticulture course. In addition to her teaching and research, she has applied her community-engaged scholarship to the development of three organizations: The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), The Student Organic Seed Symposium, and the Society of Organic Seed Professionals.
Read the full Morgridge Fellows press release, including bios of the other fellows in the inaugural cohort, here.