The Collaborative’s members are engaged in a variety of projects and programs, including special events featuring guest speakers, involvement in community based projects, and research symposia.
CCC Guest Speaker Series: Lily Yeh
In September 2020, CCC members welcomed Lily Yeh, an internationally celebrated artist and award-winning founder and former executive and artistic director of the Village of Arts and Humanities. Lily Yeh developed a unique methodology for using the arts as a tool for community building and personal transformation during her tenure at The Village. Founding Barefoot Artists in 2002, Lily Yeh now works internationally on projects in places including Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Ecuador, and China. The Barefoot Artist aims to train and empower local residents, organize communities, and take action for a more compassionate, just, and sustainable future.
CCC Faculty Forum with Anna Erwin
In late April 2020, CCC members welcomed Anna Erwin, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, to a virtual Faculty Forum presentation about her research in Peru entitled "Intersectionality Shapes Adaptation to Social-ecological Change." Dr. Erwin completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and was involved with the Collaborative during her graduate studies.