Landere Naisbitt ‘19 (New England, MS) is the outreach coordinator for the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. A recent video shot by the organization features its “Stewards Almanac” series and promotes just one of the many ways the trust has gotten creative with outreach programs during the pandemic. Naisbitt has had to adapt the program dramatically to accommodate the now mostly online world. They’ve traded group talks for webinars and hands-on workshops for self-guided hikes. The benefit of online programming is that it has allowed the trust to reach beyond the limits of the Blue Hill Peninsula and to people out of state. The outdoor learning program, which is offered free to Blue Hill Peninsula teachers and qualifies for continuing education credits from the Maine Department of Education, teaches them outdoor skills like fire building and tracking, with a focus on hands-on, child-directed learning and play. Naisbitt also started a monthly workshop series for kids and families, called Wild Sun Catchers, focused on local flora, with games and activities to match. Read more in a story that was featured in the Ellsworth American.
Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16
Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16 (GSLC, PhD) was awarded a reciprocal exchange grant from the United States Department of State and the International Research and Exchanges Board to work with Mandela Fellow Charlene Chekenya to collaborate on strengthening responses to sexual harassment in higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. Read more about Shah-Gordon and her dissertation Intercultural Competence Development through Civic Engagement here.