Sustainability Community-Engaged Fellowship Program

The 2023 Sustainability Community-Engaged Fellowship program seeks four outstanding University of Rochester undergraduate students. Participants will work with Stephanie Ashenfelder (Digital Media Studies) and Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp (Dance and Movement). Approximate dates are mid-June to late July; each fellow will receive a stipend for participation in the program.

Adirondack (ADK) Climate Stories

The goal of this project is to connect climate change to personal narrative through a mobile audio installation that travels the Adirondack Park recording the stories of climate change. The intention is to use these stories to inspire student activist/artists to reflect on ways to make art in an around the topic of climate change. This art may take the form of film, dance, visual art, music and will be captured in a digital archive. This archive will hold these creative reflections, along with the original stories, and climate data that will allow for multiple ways of understanding. The goal is to have our broader audience understand climate change cognitively, intuitively, and in an embodied — real way. More information can be found at

Fellows will be working towards collecting more stories in locations in the park determined by the Adirondack Council – one of our community partners. This summer we will focus on collecting stories in areas of the park that we have not visited yet. The fellows will also help us transition into the art-making portion of the project — where artists and community members respond to climate change by creating works of film, dance, visual art, music. Fellows also will have the opportunity to work on site with a sustainability leader at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

The work likely will take place in both the ADK Park and Rochester; some work may also be remote.


Application guidelines will be posted at after spring break; submissions will be due by March 27, with interviews to follow. Note: the program is only available to continuing students who will be enrolled in Fall 2023; graduating seniors are not eligible.


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