Sunlight streams into Kelly Hamshaw’s study in Bristol, Vermont, illuminating the overflowing bookshelves behind her. She is waiting for students to log into her virtual class, CDAE 271: Local Community Initiatives. The University of Vermont Senior Lecturer has logged in fifteen minutes early – intentionally. She does this every class to replicate “pre-class chats” in a remote environment.
The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and political crises raise new challenges for communities across the world. To help meet these challenges, CDAE has just launched a PhD program in Sustainable Development Policy, Economics, and Governance (SDPEG). The timing could not be better.
For Bennett Novak, a UVM senior majoring in community entrepreneurship (CENT), being stuck inside the house all day was anything but a disadvantage. Inspiration struck for Bennett last spring in the midst of the pandemic and remote learning. “Quarantine was honestly the perfect storm,” he explained. “All of a sudden I had so much free time.”
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