Creating New Knowledge
Empowering students to promote change
“When the students can come up with an idea and we are willing to back them, we empower them to promote change,” shares Dr. Kolleen Guy.
The recipient of the Ricardo Romo Ph.D. Endowed Professorship since 2011, Dr. Guy herself has been an instrument of change, using funds from the Romo endowment to support student research and projects, and teaching them the importance of building community bridges.
Each year, she teaches a seminar promoting civic engagement, challenging students to undertake their own community projects and write proposals to raise the money they need to fund them. One such example was the popular “Hunger and Abundance” course she taught, where students devised a week of campus and community outreach events to raise awareness of food-related issues and eating habits.
“I want to give them the opportunity to learn the basics of proposal writing and the importance of fundraising for these community issues,” she says.
Dr. Guy has also afforded students many unique learning opportunities as part of their experience. In 2012, students attended a lecture by renowned chef Anthony Bourdain, following a week of healthy cooking demonstrations open to the community.
An award-winning author, historian, and European wine and food expert, Dr. Guy admits to having many passions, but perhaps none is greater than her passion for providing students with an enriched learning experience, rooted in service to the community.
“The Romo endowment funds have been really instrumental in allowing me to bring the students into this process,” she says. “The students are consistently the best part.”
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