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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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    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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    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 is also supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1539795). He recently won a Fulbright to conduct further research in Uganda, where he will draw on his experience as an RA to work with smallholder coffee farmers in Nicaragua.

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    Chloe Gentile-Montgomery

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Chloe is co-designing and conducting 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 is currently recruiting participants into the study, and planning focus groups to elicit students' creative responses. Conducted in collaboration with the Bronco Food Pantry and the Multicultural Center, this study is also supported by a CAS’s REAL Fellowship and the Center for Food Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

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    Benjamin Grundy

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Ben is 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 has a strong desire to expand his knowledge of food production, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture. Ben believes that food security is an essential component of maintaining not only strong physical health, but also strong mental and emotional health. He is currently a part of the team conducting 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 is currently working as a Strike Team Strategy intern for the World WIldlife Fund, helping the organization expand their conservation efforts. After the internship ends, Ben will be working full-time with Environment California as a Global Warming Campaign Associate.

     

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    Julia Jenak

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Julia is a Research and Programs Student Assistant at the Center for Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has also worked as an Apprentice at The Forge Garden and at Spade & Plow, another small-scale, organic farm in the area. Within these experiences/ 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 is currently part of the team conducting a campus-wide participatory assessment of student food insecurity and food justice possibilities under COVID-19 at Santa Clara University.

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    Skyler Kriese

    Supervisor: Christopher Bacon

    Project: Skyler joined the research team in winter 2019. She analyzes 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 is currently co-authoring 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 is currently co-authoring an article drawing on the Real Food Challenge analysis, and helping design a study of Bay Area food justice organizations’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 is also co-authoring an article with Bacon and Paige on campus food systems and helping with a study of small-holder coffee farm diversification in Nicaragua. More recently, Emma has 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 is continuing to study Ecological Engineering and Sustainable Agriculture in a graduate program at Oregon State University. 

     

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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 analyzes the food security discourse of smallholder coffee farmers in Nicaragua. She uses Atlas.ti to code the ways smallholder coffee farmers are characterizing their livelihoods and examines 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 is currently conducting 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 is part of the team conducting a study in collaboration with the La Mesa Verde program and Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Community Services. She conducts interviews and analyzes members’ responses. This project aims 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 is also collaborating to develop a CalEPA Environmental Justice grant proposal with Sacred Heart Community Services. The proposed project utilizes 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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    Kylie Griggs

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Kylie has worked alongside Chris and the team as a research assistant since Spring 2021. She has since assisted the progress of projects on small-holder coffee farm diversification in Nicaragua and the USDA funded Farm Fresh Food Relief Program with a particular emphasis on the food hubs involved. Kylie has been especially immersed in the latter project through an assessment of the scope and beneficiaries of the FFFR program from the months of May to September of 2020. Sourced out of a childhood love for the environment and guided by work with food assistance programs and pivotal courses on food systems, Kylie's interests have grown into a passion for transformative and sustainable food systems. Kylie is dedicated to further developing her knowledge on the importance of using agroecology and food sovereignty as tools for creating a more just, fed, and resilient world.

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    Oliveya Leon

    Supervisors: Christopher Bacon

    Project:Oliveya joined the team as a Research Assistant in Spring 2021 and is supported by a CAS’s REAL Fellowship for the Summer of 2021. She is currently 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 hope to assess the impact of COVID-19 and propose possible solutions to improve food justice on campus. As an Environmental studies and Ethnic studies double major, Oliveya is passionate about environmental justice and is 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 is a rising senior at Saratoga High School and joined Chris Bacon’s research team in Summer 2021. He is involved in student Leadership at Saratoga, serving as next year’s Associated Student Body President. His passion is understanding the complex relationship of humans and the environment, joining Anna Eshoo’s Student Advisory Board to advocate for climate literacy. This work currently analyzes the diverse network of farms within Northern California and the effects of COVID-19 in food security.

     

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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 is passionate about sustainable food systems and social equity. She believes that threats to food security are one of the most pressing climate change risks. Her work consists 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 is currently 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 is also involved in sustainability work through tUrn: Climate Action and Awareness and SCU’s Associated Student Government. 

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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 is currently 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 is currently in his third year at UC Berkeley 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 will allow 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 is now working 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 currently supports 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 is currently pursuing 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 now works 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 recently 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.