Elly currently contributes to the efforts of the SI’s Academic Programs team. Elly co-developed and is now an instructor for the course “SUST 200: Foundations for Sustainability Leadership,” the introductory course for the Sustainability Leadership minor. She also assists with the research and development of a framework for sustainability meta-competencies, including the creation of written and workshop materials on the incorporation of sustainability into higher ed. curriculum.
Elly formerly assisted with the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, where she worked closely with faculty and community partners to create opportunities for student learning and engagement. Elly has also contributed to the SI’s student farm efforts and managed the SI’s former undergraduate intern program.
Elly is a dual-title PhD student in Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Her research interests center on place-based community development, regional food systems, and human-environment interactions. Elly’s dissertation research explores the community capacity and environmental justice implications of community-based gardening programs in the coal-impacted region of Central Appalachia.
Elly is a Central PA native and an alumna of nearby Juniata College (Environmental Science & Politics, ’12). She also enjoys gardening, running, Tri yoga, spending time in the Valley with her family, and exploring new places & foods with her husband, Chris.