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    Annalicia Anaya

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Annalicia analyzed the food security discourse of smallholder coffee farmers, using Atlas.ti to code the ways smallholder coffee farmers characterize their livelihoods. She analyzed the ways newspapers are framing the livelihoods of smallholders and designed a qualitative analysis to understand how gender impacts farmers experiences. She also helped clean and cross-check data quality from surveys on farm diversification in Nicaragua. Her work was supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795) and the Agropolis Foundation. In 2019, she was an immigration intern at the International Rescue Committee, and was a leader in the Multicultural Center throughout her time at SCU.

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    Brooke Rose

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Brooke joined the team as a Community-Based Participatory Research Collaborative Racial Justice Fellow, using software to conduct a food justice focused content analysis of the Farm Fresh Food Relief initiative. She contributed to survey design for the Nicaragua diversification project and interview analysis for the SHCS/LMV project. Brooke completed her senior capstone class with Veggielution and wrote an article about the food hub model as a response to COVID-19. As webmaster, she built the ACRAF website and LinkedIn page. Brooke won the 2022 Lucky Hinkle award for fostering sustainability across campus. After graduation, she served with JVC Northwest in Anchorage, Alaska designing food sovereignty programs.

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    Gabriella Ballardo

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Gabi joined the research team focused on analyzing how farm diversification relates to food security, gender equity and climate resilience in Nicaragua. She edits research papers and uses R to conduct quantitative analysis of survey data to unpack the relationship between gender and diversification methods of smallholder farmers. She is currently co-authoring an article about this work, which is supported by the Agropolis Foundation.

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    Paola Felix

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Paola joined Chris Bacon’s research team as a Research Assistant in Winter 2021. Due to her lived experience of food injustice in Latin America and in California’s Central Valley, Paola was passionate about sustainable food systems and social equity. She believed that threats to food security are one of the most pressing climate change risks. Her work consisted of editing research papers, collaborating on survey design and analysis, and using her Spanish fluency for writing and communicating with research members and participants in San Jose, CA and Nicaragua. She was part of the team conducting a campus-wide participatory assessment of student food insecurity and food justice possibilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic at Santa Clara University. Paola was also involved in sustainability work through tUrn: Climate Action and Awareness and SCU’s Associated Student Government. 

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    Kylie Griggs

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Graduated in 2022 with an Environmental Science Major and Math Minor. Kylie worked on several projects, but her primary activity was the NSF funded Learning Resilience project, in which she developed the geospatial analysis of the intensity and impacts of Hurricane's Eta and Iota in Nicaragua and then co-authored an academic poster that she presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual meeting.  She used her R Studio data coding and analysis skills to help with the data analysis on several projects including the Far Fresh Food Relief and Student Food Security projects, as well as producing figures for the article that was published in Ecology and Society.  After graduation, Kylie applied for an internship with NASA’s DEVELOP program, and was also interested in teaching English (and learning Spanish) in northern Spain.

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    Antonio Amore Rojas

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Antonio was a Management and Environmental Studies double major. He got involved with the lab through Professor Bacon, taking his Environmental and Food Justice class while also interning at Veggielution through the Levi School of Business Community Fellowship during his Junior year. As part of his work on the Learning Resilience (NSF funded project) , he helped conduct key informant interviews in Spanish and English, helped with translations as well as the design of dissemination materials for farmers and colleagues in Central America. Antonio worked with our lab group’s expanding research to assess alternative food systems with Veggielution.

     

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    Chloe D’Hers

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Chloe joined Chris Bacon and his research team in the early summer of 2022. She quickly began assembling an inventory of national universities to analyze sustainability programs in both private (religiously-affiliated and not) and public institutions. Using this inventory, she evaluated the success and feasibility of the programs to determine their efficacy moving forward in order to create an ideal standard for schools wishing to implement their own sustainability projects. Chloe also took on a communications role for the lab, helping to manage the lab's outreach platforms while also contributing to written pieces for the teams' projects when needed.

     

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    Xiomara Quinonez

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Xiomara was a Computer Science and Engineering major. She joined the lab during the Summer of 2022 due to her interest in learning more about the way research can change when more ethics and collaboration are introduced to it. Xiomara learned R-Studio for her own professional development and to help analyze some of the data analysis of the farmers’ survey responses as part of the Learning Resilience Project (NSF funded project). As a fluent Spanish speaker, she also helped conduct key informant interviews and with translation as well as the design of dissemination materials.

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    Kimber Wood

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Kimber joined the team in the summer of 2022. With a passion for social justice and equality, as well as experience in student government and the tUrn Climate Action and Awareness Project, Kimber’s work focused upon concerns of food insecurity at Santa Clara University while integrating her knowledge of sustainable lifestyles and environmentally-conscious food systems. Kimber researched how Santa Clara University can best respond to the prevalence of food insecurity on campus and how to support students who are facing such health concerns.

     

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    Francesca LoPresti, Macalaster College

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Francesca started with the Research Team in May 2022 as a hybrid intern with SCU and La Mesa Verde (LMV). This summer, she explored a food justice approach to food emergency assistance programs.  She worked in partnership with the Pantry, the worm bin composting program at LMV, and the Research Team, led by Professor Chris Bacon. Francesca worked to create a curriculum that educated the greater Santa Clara community on the importance of soil health in mitigating climate change and the physical and social benefits to developing community power within food systems. Ultimately, she hoped to help cultivate a movement of self-empowerment through self-sufficiency of our food.

     

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    Benjamin Grundy

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Ben was a Research and Programs Student Assistant at the Center for Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Through his experiences volunteering at local food banks and learning about food systems in classes, Ben had a strong desire to expand his knowledge of food production, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture. Ben believed that food security is an essential component of maintaining not only strong physical health, but also strong mental and emotional health. He was a part of the team that conducted a campus-wide participatory assessment of student food insecurity and food justice possibilities under COVID-19 at Santa Clara University. As a recent graduate, Ben worked as a Strike Team Strategy intern for the World WIldlife Fund, helping the organization expand their conservation efforts. After the internship ended, Ben began working full-time with Environment California as a Global Warming Campaign Associate.

     

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    Skyler Kriese

    Supervisor: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Skyler joined the research team in winter 2019. She analyzed the food security discourse of Nicaraguan smallholder coffee farmers using Atlas.ti and conducts quantitative analysis of farm resilience survey data using R. In 2019, she became a Global Social Benefit Fellow (GSBF) at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to conduct action research for eight weeks in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. She co-authored an article with Bacon and other students analyzing farm diversification in Nicaragua.

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    Paige Whittaker

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: graduated in December 2020 with an Integrative Biology major. She joined Bacon’s Food Justice research team in 2019, and worked alongside the Center for Sustainability and the Real Food Challenge to conduct an analysis and develop recommendations for improving SCU’s food purchasing practices. She co-authored an article drawing on the Real Food Challenge analysis, and helped design a study of Bay Area food justice organizations’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Chloe Gentile-Montgomery

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Chloe co-designed and conducted a study assessing covid-19 food insecurity and food justice related experiences of Santa Clara University students.  She helped to develop the overall study protocol, program the survey into Qualtrics, and develop interview and focus group questions. The team recruited participants into the study, and planned focus groups to elicit students' creative responses. Conducted in collaboration with the Bronco Food Pantry and the Multicultural Center, this study was also supported by a CAS’s REAL Fellowship and the Center for Food Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

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    Julia Jenak

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Julia was a Research and Programs Student Assistant at the Center for Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and also worked as an Apprentice at The Forge Garden and at Spade & Plow, another small-scale, organic farm in the area. Through these experiences, Julia saw both challenges and the potential power of small-scale, sustainable agriculture as a tool to address food accessibility and food waste. She was part of the team that conducted a campus-wide participatory assessment of student food insecurity and food justice possibilities under COVID-19 at Santa Clara University.

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    Emma McCurry

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Emma worked alongside Paige Whittaker to conduct an analysis of and develop recommendations for improving SCU’s campus food procurement. This was the first analysis at SCU that included both the ethical/sustainability goals of the Real Food Challenge and an evaluation of carbon and nitrogen emissions from SCU’s food consumption. As Jean Donovan Fellow with the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Emma served as an intern at La Mesa Verde, a non-profit organization at Sacred Heart Community Services dedicated to increasing food access and food justice in San José, CA through agroecology and urban gardening. Emma also co-authored an article with Bacon and Paige on campus food systems and helped with a study of small-holder coffee farm diversification in Nicaragua. More recently, Emma engaged in a collaborative effort between La Mesa Verde and the Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Community Services to increase aspects of food justice, food access, and waste reduction. Emma graduated in June 2021 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and continued to study Ecological Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture in a graduate program at Oregon State University. 

     

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    Griffin Garner

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: He joined Chris Bacon’s research team in Winter 2019. He developed a database and an analysis that tracked international development funding to Nicaragua. He produced a poster and traveled with Bacon and other students to present it at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Washington, DC.   His work on this study was also supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795). He won a Fulbright to conduct further research in Uganda, where he drew on his experience as an RA to work with smallholder coffee farmers in Nicaragua.

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    Erica Martinez

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Erica joined the research team in winter of 2019. She was a first-generation college student who graduated in 2020. Her work analyzed the food security discourse of smallholder coffee farmers in Nicaragua. She used Atlas.ti to code the ways smallholder coffee farmers are characterizing their livelihoods and examined discrepancies between the way international news articles portray smallholder livelihoods. She traveled with Bacon and others to present a poster on this topic at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meetings in Washington DC. Erica conducted a gendered analysis of a smallholder farmer training program as part of her work co-authoring an article in preparation for peer review.

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    Ava Gleicher

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Ava was part of the team that conducted a study in collaboration with the La Mesa Verde program and Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Community Services. She conducted interviews and analyzed members’ responses. This project aimed to increase collaboration between La Mesa Verde and the Food Pantry, while engaging broader scientific questions about developing a food and racial justice approach to emergency food assistance and decreasing food waste. As part of her work on this team, Ava also collaborated to develop a CalEPA Environmental Justice grant proposal with Sacred Heart Community Services. The proposed project utilized a food justice approach to increase community knowledge, build from existing strength, and foster resilience, while simultaneously increasing collaboration between parties and throughout the South Bay.

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    Oliveya Leon

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Oliveya joined the team as a Research Assistant in Spring 2021 and was supported by a CAS’s REAL Fellowship for the Summer of 2021. She was working alongside Chris and the team to assess student food insecurity on campus. Using a community based participatory action research model, she and the team hoped to assess the impact of COVID-19 and proposed possible solutions to improve food justice on campus. As an Environmental studies and Ethnic studies double major, Oliveya was passionate about environmental justice and was dedicated to furthering her understanding of how we can create food systems that center food justice and food sovereignty.

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    Derek Hsu

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Derek Hsu was at Saratoga High School and joined Chris Bacon’s research team in Summer 2021. He was involved in student Leadership at Saratoga, served as Associated Student Body President. His passion was understanding the complex relationship of humans and the environment, joining Anna Eshoo’s Student Advisory Board to advocate for climate literacy. This work currently analyzed the diverse network of farms within Northern California and the effects of COVID-19 in food security.

     

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    Lauren Cloward

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Lauren researched relevant food and water security literature, designed survey questions to measure food and water security among rural smallholders, and crafted maps of the study region using GIS. Along with Claire and Kimy, she traveled to Nicaragua in the summer of 2016, where she collaborated with local stakeholders, conducted focus groups, and collected field measurements. Her work was supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795) Lauren was a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship and was awarded a Fulbright in 2018 to conduct food and water security research in Burkina Faso.

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    Martín Pérez

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: He helped analyze farmer survey data as well as transcribed and translated focus group recordings and interviews from Nicaraguan community members collected by the research team. Perez is a first-generation college student and a LEAD scholar. Some of his work was supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795). He also helped Bacon and Stewart-Frey conduct community-based research on air pollution, and to record a Bannan Institute podcasts on food justice and water security. He enrolled in a Master’s of Public Health program at UCLA.

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    Anand Purohit

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Worked as a research assistant on the Nicaragua project for several years. He wrote an honors thesis and presented a poster entitled Framing Food Security in Nicaragua at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He also learned how to use Atlas.ti and then used it to complete an honors thesis as he analyzed a sample from 500 newspaper articles on this topic. His work was also supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795). He pursued UC-Berkley Law.

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    Nate Redinbo

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Nate was part of the senior capstone team that partnered with the City of Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department and conducted a mixed-methods study entitled “Prioritizing Investments to Enhance Park Access and Environmental Justice Within the City of Santa Clara.”. This team conducted policy analysis, produced interactive maps, and developed a memo, poster, and set of final recommendations that will allow the City to apply for statewide funding to expand and improve park access in underserved areas.

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    Olivia Rodriguez

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: As a senior, Olivia was part of the capstone team that partnered with the City of Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department and conducted a mixed-methods study entitled “Prioritizing Investments to Enhance Park Access and Environmental Justice Within the City of Santa Clara.”. This team conducted policy analysis, produced interactive maps, and developed a memo, poster, and set of final recommendations that allowed the City to apply for statewide funding to expand and improve park access in underserved areas.

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    Vanessa Shin

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Vanessa participated in an immersion trip to Nicaragua in December 2015 which sparked her interest in environmental justice. She conducted a quantitative analysis of survey data with R, researched farmers’ diversification strategies, food security and coping mechanisms. Vanessa also mapped farmers’ diversification strategies with GIS, and prepared maps for dissemination with farmers.  She produced a poster and traveled with Bacon to present it at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Washington, DC, helped produce several events on campus, and co-designed our logo. She worked with Bacon and other students to write a peer-reviewed journal article. After graduating Vanessa served as an AmeriCorps Fellow with the City of Cupertino's Sustainability Division and was invited to participate in the NASA DEVELOP Fellowship (declined). As a member of the Silicon Valley Clean Energy team, Vanessa supported program development and outreach around clean energy and community resilience.

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    Claire Smoker

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Claire worked for 1.5 years and several projects related to assessing household food and water security in Nicaragua. She helped edit survey questions and use GIS to produce maps. In addition, Chris mentored her field research in Nicaragua during the summers of 2016 and 2017, where she helped implement household livelihood surveys, and conduct field measurements. Claire’s maps and other contributions are acknowledged in several publications. Since graduation she has worked for several sustainable food enterprises and a coffee roasting cooperative. She pursued a MBA with a focus on food systems.

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    Kimy Grandi Soriano

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: She joined the team in spring 2016. She designed surveys, translated documents and transcribed focus groups. She also edited papers for publication. She was the original creator and translator of this Water & Food Security  Blog.  She also helped organize several events celebrating environmental and immigrant justice at SCU.  During the summer of 2016, she traveled to Nicaragua where she gathered and recorded information from field measurements, focus groups, and meetings/workshops with our partner organization ASDENIC. Her work was also supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795).  She worked as a Housing Initiative Coordinator in Mountain View.

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    Déjà Thomas

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Déjà helped work on the project assessing food and water security in northern Nicaragua. Her primary focus was to help develop strategies to disseminate results clearly in an accessible language to all participants in this project.  She designed the farmer handout summarizing recent findings from the 2014 household survey and over 500 copies of this handout were distributed to farmers during a follow-up household survey campaign. Her work was supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795). Déjà won the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship for environmental policy, and later a Switzer Fellowship for environmental leadership. She completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and Food Studies Certificate, at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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    Emma Hokoda

    Supervisor: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Emma worked on two projects.  First, she used GIS, literature reviews and field research to help conduct a case study assessing air pollution at low income elementary school.  Second, as a senior she was part of the senior capstone team that partnered with the City of Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department and conducted a mixed methods study entitled “Prioritizing Investments to Enhance Park Access and Environmental Justice Within the City of Santa Clara.”. This team conducted policy analysis, produced interactive maps, and developed a memo, poster, and set of final recommendations that will allow the City to apply for statewide funding to expand and improve parks access in underserved areas. 

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    Nicholas Chan

    Supervisors: Primary Mentor – Chris Bacon, Co-Mentor – Bill Sundstrom.

    Project: Nicholas Chan conducted a quantitative analysis of survey data on farmers’ dietary diversity and diversification strategies. He created maps of farmers’ diversification strategies with Geographic Information Systems and supported disseminating the maps to the farmers. He also tracked international development funding to Nicaragua.