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Bayside Community Center

Topher McDougal, PhD

Peace Studies

This project explores modes of engagement with the Bayside Community Center over two semesters. During Fall 2016, my "Sustainable Development" course conducted an open-ended inquiry into how we could meaningfully help advance BCC's objectives. The organization's most pressing priority being the promotion of food security in Linda Vista, we are compiling a report on options for growing BCC's community garden. Spring 2017 is still indeterminate, but the general idea is to use my "Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation" course as a project-based learning platform for students, while simultaneously providing BCC with a high-quality evaluation of the impacts of one or more of its current programs. Such an evaluation could then be used to secure the maintenance or expansion of funding.