Students & Fellows

AFFILIATED STUDENTS

Summer Bork
Summer Bork, Graduate Assistant

SUMMER BORK

  • Data Managment 
  • Sustainable Land Use and Resource Management
  • Disaster Resilience of Agriculture
Beng Abella Lipsey
Project Associate

BENG ABELLA LIPSEY (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Public markets as a Tool for Social Interaction    
  • Art, Culture, and Food as Tools for Community Engagement 
  • Biophilic Design for a Retirement Community Development
  • Comprehensive Planning Frameworks for Sustainable Development
Stephanie Mathena
Graduate Assistant

STEPHANIE MATHENA

  • Arts, Culture, and Events for Place Making 
  • Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse for Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Land Use 
Neda Moayerian
Affiliated Graduate Student

NEDA MOAYERIAN (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Culture, Tourism and Community Development
  • Globalization and Identity
  • Participatory Governance
  • Education and Empowerment
Laura Nelson
Project Associate

LAURA NELSON (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Motherhood at the intersection of substance use disorder and justice involvement
  • Gendered approaches to substance abuse treatment
  • Policy and barriers surrounding reentry for parents
Samantha Seay
Samantha Seay, Graduate Assistant

SAMANTHA SEAY

Research Interests:

  • Community Nutrition (specifically Obesity Prevention)
  • Community Health/Program Development
  • Substance Use and Addiction 
Courtney Surmanek

COURTNEY SURMANEK (CV)

Research Interests:

  • Theatre as a Tool in Conflict Management and Peace Building

  • Community Cultural Development 
  • Creative Placemaking and Placekeeping 
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Verbatim, Devised, and Ensemble Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Methodologies in Research-Creation

FELLOWS

SENIOR FELLOWS: 

Don Back, Director of the Language and Culture Institute, Virginia Tech

Andy Morikawa, Executive Director Emeritus of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (Virginia)

Minnis Ridenour,  Senior Fellow for Resource Development,  Virginia Tech

Edward Weisband, Edward S. Diggs Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Virginia Tech

FELLOWS:

Wafa Al-Daily, Associate Director for Global Initiatives, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs (OIA)

Martha Mead, President, StreamLines, LLC

George Still, Director of Assessment, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

AFFILIATED FACULTY AND RESEARCHERS

Gary Kirk, Director SPIA Pathways Programs - Community Engagement, Virginia Tech

Katy Powell, Director of the Center and Professor of English, Virginia Tech

Marcy Schnitzer, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning, Virginia Tech

AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS: 

Maya Berinzon, Senior Project Associate, IPG, Virginia Tech

Rachel Christensen, Project Research Associate, IPG, Virginia Tech

Lyusyena Kirakosyan, Senior Project Associate, IPG, Virginia Tech

Suzanne Lo, Researcher, The Center for Child Health, University Hospitals  of Cleveland

Nancy White, Principal, One Robin, LLI