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CCC Scholarship

The following is a select list of scholarship not limited to book chapters, articles, commentary, presentations, dissertations/theses, and podcast interviews associated with the Community Change Collaborative initiative from 2010-2020.

  1. Max Stephenson Jr. and Catherine Grimes, eds. Conversations in Community Change: Voices from the Field. Autumn 2020. With introduction, forward by Lyusyena Kirakosyan and index. Approximately 325 pages. Virginia Tech Publishing. Compilation of edited interviews with 30- (CCC) community change professionals. (Forthcoming)

[arranged alphabetically, by first author’s last name]

  1. Scott Tate, “Everyday life, Tinkering and Full Participation in the Urban Cultural Imaginary.”  In Backhaus, G. (ed.) Environment, Space, Place. (4), 2.  Lanham, MD:  Zeta Books, 2012.
  2. Scott Tate, “Shaping the Artful City:  A Case Study of Urban Economic Reinvention,” in Max Stephenson Jr. and Scott Tate (eds.) The Arts and Community Change: Exploring Cultural Development Policies, Practices and Dilemmas.  New York, NY:  Routledge, 2015.
  3. Scott Tate, “Tinkering with space: Heterotopic Walls and the Privileged Imaginary of The ‘New Belfast,’” in Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, (eds.)  Building Walls and Dissolving Borders:  The Challenges of Alterity, Community and Securitizing Space. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013.

[arranged alphabetically, by first author’s last name]

  1. Anna Erwin and Max Stephenson Jr. “Farmworker Justice, Faith and Governance: A Critical Realist Analysis of one FBO’s Participatory initiative,” Journal of Administrative Theory and Praxis, 41(4), December, 2019, pp. 350-367. 
  2. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, Exploring strategies for citizen-driven civic creativity in small communities: The challenge and potential of civic creativity. The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, 2014, (collection New Directions in the Humanities) 12 (1): 1-9. doi:10.18848/2327- 0047/CGP/v12i01/43551. ISSN: 2327-0047.
  3. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Social Imaginaries, Shared Citizen Action and the Meanings of Community,” Community Change, 1(1), pp. 1-14, 2017, https://www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu/articles/abstract/10.21061/cc.v1i1.a.2/
  4. Lyusyena Kirakosyan and Max Stephenson Jr., "Art as Dialogic Practice: Deriving Lessons for Change from Community-based Art-making for International Development," Psych, 2019, pp. 375-390.
  5. Neda Moayerian, “Development, Public Participation and Cultural War,” Community Change, 2(1), 2018, p. 3, https://www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu/articles/10.21061/cc.v2i1.a.15/
  6. Lara Nagle, Book Review: This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent by Daegan Miller. Community Change 3(1), 2020, p. 4, https://doi.org/10.21061/cc.v3i1.a.28
  7. Max Stephenson Jr., Beng Abella-Lipsey, Lara Nagle, and Neda Moayerian, "Community Social Polarization and Change: Evidence from Three Recent Studies," World (1), 2, 2020, https://www.mdpi.com/2673-4060/1/1/2/pdf
  8. Max Stephenson Jr., Laura Zanotti and Nancy McGehee, “International Aid, Local Ownership and Survival: Development and Higher Education in Rural Haiti,” Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1), February 2016, pp. 273-298.
  9. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, “Exploring the Intersection of Theory and Practice of Arts for Peacebuilding,” Global Society, 31(3), 2017, pp. 336-352.
  10. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, “Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education: An Analysis of One University in Rural Haiti,” International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 65, March 2019, pp. 115-122, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2017.08.009.  
  11. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti., “Pondering Grassroots Development Initiatives: Evidence from Haiti and Jamaica,” Forum for Development Studies, July 2019; doi:10.1080/08039410.2019.1637374.
  12. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, “Diplomacy and Everyday Life: Exploring the Complexities of Peacebuilding on the Seventieth Anniversary of the 1949 Armistice Agreements,” at Peace and Change.
  13. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, “Tacit Knowledge, Vulnerability and Agential Possibility in Rural Haiti,” Final revision submitted to Community Development Journal, March 23, 2020.  
  1. Vanessa Guerra, “Informal Car Share’s Contribution to Quito’s Urban Resilience,” PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2020.
  2. Neda Moayerian, “Exploring the Connections between Community Cultural Development and Sustainable Tourism in Appalachia,” PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2020.
  3. Sarah Lyon-Hill, “A STORY OF APPALSHOP: Exploring the Agential Possibilities of One Organization in the Community Cultural Development Field,” PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2019. 
  4. Anna Erwin, “Participation in a Shifting Global Context? A Case Study of Labor and Faith in the American South,” PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2017.
  5. Brendan Brink-Halloran, “Agency and Citizenship in the Barrio: Exploring the Intersection of Participation, Politics and Urban Development in Guatemala City," PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2013.
  6. Scott Tate, “Civic Tinkering in the Small City: Intersections and Imaginaries of Art, Place and Marginality,” PhD dissertation, Virginia Tech  2012, http://hdl.handle.net/10919/26841
  1. Elizabeth Olberding, “REDD+ and Costa Rica, another form of colonialism and commodification of natural resources? An indigenous perspective,” Virginia Tech Master’s Thesis, 2018.
  2. Natalie Patterson, “Creating Participatory Space through Partnership: Exploring the relationship between a faith-based day programming organization and a cohousing community for individuals with and without disabilities,” Master’s thesis, Virginia Tech, 2017.
  3. Sarah Halvorson-Fried, “Exploring Factors Influencing Employer Attitudes and Practices toward Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the New River Valley,” Virginia Tech, Master of Urban and Regional Planning thesis, 2016, http://hdl.handle.net/10919/71705
  4. Jackie Pontious, “Exploring the Implications of Community Mural Arts: A Case Analysis of a 'Groundswell' Project,” Virginia Tech Master’s Thesis, 2014. 

[arranged alphabetically, by first author’s last name]

  1. “Community Voices: Shared Governance and Dialogue to Challenge Hidden Assumptions and Disrupt Power Structures in Appalachia,” Max Stephenson Jr., discussant/panel convener for Appalachian Studies Association, March 9-12, 2017, Blacksburg, VA. Presenters: Lorien MacAuley, Anna Erwin, Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Lydeana Martin. 
  2. Emily Barry-Murphy and Max Stephenson Jr. “Policy Recommendations for ‘Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex,’ International Refugee Research: Evidence for Smart Policy,” at Akademie für Politische Bildung, March 20-25, 2018. Tutzing, Germany.
  3. Anna Erwin, Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Lorien McCauley, Lydeana Martin, “Community Voices: Shared Governance and Dialogue to Challenge Hidden Assumptions and Disrupt Power Structures in Appalachia,” For the 40th annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, March 9-12, 2017, Blacksburg, VA.
  4. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Considering Theatre’s Role in Promoting Peace and Human Rights: Exploring the case of Bond Street Theatre” paper presented at the 2nd Human Rights Research Forum, Virginia Tech, March 1, 2013.
  5. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Strategies for citizen-driven civic creativity in small communities.”  Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Universidad CEU San Pablo, Madrid, Spain. June 11-13, 2014.
  6. Lorien MacAuley, Kim Niewolny, Max Stephenson Jr., Kwame Harrison and Thomas Archibald, “A Critical Ethnographic Case Study of On-Farm Apprentices: Social Movement Participation and Farmworker Identities,” research poster for Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, Virginia Tech, November 29-December 1, 2017. Blacksburg, Virginia. 
  7. Neda Moayerian, “Exploring the Connection between Community Cultural Development and Sustainable Tourism in Appalachia.” Paper presented at the 41st annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5-8, 2018.
  8. Lara Nagle, Neda Moayerian and Max Stephenson Jr., “Conceptualizing Cross Sectoral Partnership Building in Two Small Appalachian Towns,” For the 42nd annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, Asheville, North Carolina, March 14-17, 2019.
  9. Max Stephenson Jr. and Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Arts-based approaches and their implications for researchers in other fields.” Paper presented at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 21-24, 2014.
  10. Max Stephenson Jr. and Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Exploring Theater as a Tool for Building Peace and Justice: The Case of Serbia’s DAH Teatar,” paper for Maneuvering the Maze: Understanding Justice in Conflicts conference, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California, November 14-16, 2013.
  11. Max Stephenson Jr. and Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Exploring Theater as a Tool for Building Peace and Justice,” Research Presentation, Research Symposium, College of Architecture and urban Studies, Virginia Tech, April 2, 2014.
  12. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti., “International aid, Development and Higher Education: An analysis of one initiative in rural Haiti,” for European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), 32nd EGOS Colloquium, July 7-9, 2016. Naples, Italy.
  13. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti. “Tacit Knowledge, Cultural Values and Democratic Mobilization in Rural Haiti,” for the 77th Annual Midwest Political Science Association annual conference, April 4-7, 2019, Chicago, Illinois. 
  14. Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti, “Diplomacy and Everyday Life: Exploring the Complexities of Peace on the Seventieth Anniversary of the 1949 Armistice Agreements” for “Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace Conference,” International Studies Association, October 24-26, 2019, Kent, Ohio. 
  1. A Community Development Update: Pennington Gap, VA. (2017). Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) and the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED).
  2. Strategically positioning Montgomery, WV for the Future: A Community Development Update. (2017). Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) and the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development (OED).
  3. Business Incubators, Makerspaces, and Social Entrepreneurship Ventures for Montgomery, WV. (2018). VT Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG) and VT Office of Economic Development (OED).
  4. A Community Conversation for Patrick County, VA. (2019). VT Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG).
  5. Future Goals, Lodging Workshop and Panel Discussion for Pennington Gap, VA. (2019). VT Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG).
  1. Max Stephenson Jr, “Musings on Curating Consciousness,” Soundings, September 23, 2012, https://ipg.vt.edu/DirectorsCorner/Soundings/Soundings092312.html
  2. Max Stephenson Jr., “On Imagination, Trust and Democratic Governance,” Soundings, October 11, 2015, http://soundings.spia.vt.edu
  3. Max Stephenson Jr., “Reaping a Whirlwind: Delegitimating Self-Governance,” Soundings, August 29, 2016, http://soundings.spia.vt.edu
  4. Max Stephenson Jr. “Voices from the Appalachian Coalfields,” Soundings, August 14, 2017, http://soundings.spia.vt.edu
  5. Max Stephenson Jr. “Learning from Appalachia,” Tidings, January 1, 2018, http://tidings.spia.vt.edu/
  6. Max Stephenson Jr., “Pondering Kintsugi and Community Change in Appalachia,” Soundings, June 4, 2018, http://soundings.spia.vt.edu

The full archive of Stephenson’s commentaries may be found at these locations:

Soundings: https://ipg.vt.edu/tags.resource.html/ipg_vt_edu:Soundings
Tidings: https://ipg.vt.edu/tags.resource.html/ipg_vt_edu:Tidings

Archive of RE: https://ipg.vt.edu/tags.resource.html/ipg_vt_edu:Reflections

Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Change

  1. June Jones, “Who Speaks for the Farmer in the Green New Deal?” February 13, 2020, (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD).
  2. Stephanie Lovely, “Nature and Sustainability in Transportation Infrastructure Development,” October 24, 2019 (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD).
  3. Anna Erwin, “Ontological Reflections on the Quest for Rural Sustainability,” October 29, 2015 (PGG, PhD).
  4. Lorien MacAuley, “Alternative Agrifood as a Social Movement, as a Community of Practice and as One Voice,” February 27, 2015 (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD).
  5. Lorien MacAuley, “Getting to the Heart of Alternative Food Systems Work,” October 20, 2014 (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD).

Communications and Community Change Dynamics

  1. Rob Flahive “Curating the Spectacle of a “Decolonized Vision” at the Royal Museum of Central Africa: Rethinking the Inheritance of Colonial Museums,” March 5, 2020 (ASPECT, PhD).
  2. Colie Touzel, “Recognizing the Inner Light in Everyone: Quaker Beliefs Provide One Foundation to Seek Mutual Understanding,” October 22, 2018 (MURP).
  3. Nada Berrada, “Reflecting on Trust and Social Justice in the thought of David Hume and John Rawls,” September 21, 2018 (ASPECT, PhD).
  4. Neda Moayerian, “Conflict, Communication and Collaboration: Is there Really a Middle Ground?” April 19, 2018. (PGG, PhD).
  5. Nada Berrada, “Youth as Social Construct,” November 13, 2017 (ASPECT, PhD)
  6. Alexander Stubberfield, “‘Fake News’ in Informational Ecology,” March 2, 2017 (ASPECT, PhD).
  7. Jordan Laney, “The Unnoticed Contextual Realities of Hillbilly Elegy,” October 10, 2016 (ASPECT, PhD).
  8. Jordan Laney, “Hashtag Heartwork: Notes on the Relationship between Place and Identity,” September 25, 2014 (ASPECT, PhD).
  9. Anna Erwin, “To Think is to Give,” September 1, 2014 (PGG, PhD).
  10. Sarah Hanks, “Re-Framing Social Change: What Questions Should Today’s NGO Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs Ask?” December 5, 2013 (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education).
  11. Anna Erwin, “The Story Space,” February 7, 2013 (PGG, PhD).
  12. Jon Catherwood Ginn and Kimberly Hodge Cowgill, “Acting Up: Disruptions in Public Space,” 2013 (MFA and PhD, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation).

Creative Arts and Community Cultural Development

  1. Sarah Lyon-Hill, “Reflections on the Future of Community Cultural Development”, November 21, 2019 (PGG, PhD).
  2. Sarah Lyon-Hill, “Examining the Land-Grant Engagement Mission through the Lens of Community Cultural Development,” February 21, 2019 (PGG, PhD).
  3. Sarah Lyon-Hill, “Foundations of Intentionality: Intergenerational Theatre and Community Building,” October 9, 2014 (PGG, PhD).
  4. Sarah Halvorson Fried, “Ecological Re-Enlivenment and the Role of the Arts in Community Development,” September 11, 2014 (MURP).
  5. Jacquelyn Harder, “Mural Arts in the Public Sphere,” October 31, 2013 (MURP).
  6. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, “Creating Conditions for Peace and Justice: A Decade of Bond Street Theatre’s Efforts,” October 3, 2013 (ASPECT, PhD).
  7. Jacquelyn Harder, “Community Healing Through the Arts,” April 11, 2013 (MURP).
  8. Lyusyena Kirakosyan, "Harnessing the Power of Narrative for Social Change," January 23, 2013 (ASPECT, PhD).

Governance, International Diplomacy and Development

  1. Randell Zuleka Dauda, “The NGO Regulatory Framework in Liberia or How an American Charity’s Activities Could Go So Awry,” March 19, 2020 (PGG, PhD).
  2. Raj GC, “A Reflection on Competing Perspectives on International Aid in Nepal,” September 12, 2019 (PGG, PhD).
  3. Garland Mason, “Institutional Inclusion and the Question of Epistemic Abundance in the Neoliberal Academy: A critical analysis,” August 29, 2019 (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD).
  4. Neda Moayerian, “Women’s Power in the Middle East: A Brief Analysis,” May 2, 2019 (PGG, PhD).
  5. Seyedreza Fateminasb, “Boycotts vs. Sanctions: An Ethical Comparison,” April 25, 2019 (Architecture and Design, PhD).
  6. Pallavi Raonka, “Modi and Trump: Understanding Their Political Targeting of Muslims,” March 11, 2019 (Sociology, PhD).
  7. Elliott Abbotts, “Posing a Corrective to the Ill Effects of Neoliberalism for Self-Governance,” February 28, 2019 (Public Administration, Master's).
  8. Jake Keyel, “Cultivating Radical Imagination: Envisioning Alternatives to Ascendant Reactionary Movements and Neoliberal Self-Destruction,” November 8, 2018 (PHH, PhD).
  9. Seyedreza Fateminasb, “Advocating for Diversity: A Critique of the Benefits Argument,” October 4, 2018 (Architecture and Design, PhD).
  10. Ben Grove, “Contemplating the Tensions between Technical and Adaptive Approaches in International Development,” March 22, 2018 (PGG, PhD).
  11. Vanessa Guerra, “Education for Human Development,” February 15, 2018 (EDP, PhD).
  12. Jordan Laney, “What Machine Kills Fascists? A Critical Reflection on the Power of Sound in the Trump Era,” February 16, 2017 (ASPECT, PhD).
  13. Alexander Stubberfield, “Beyond Interests: Symbiogenic Resonance and the Democratic Subject,” April 1, 2016 (ASPECT, PhD).

Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Change

  1. Monica White (2019-2020)
    Associate Professor of Environmental Justice with a joint appointment in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, WI
  2. Roger Thurow (2019-2020)
    Author and expert in agricultural development, nutrition and food security
  3. Anthony Flaccavento (2010-2011, 2016-2017, 2018-2019)
    Founder, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
    Founder, SCALE, Inc. (a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems)
    Author, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real World Experience for Transformative Change, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
  4. Jeanette Abi-Nader (2016-2017)
    Executive Director, City Schoolyard Garden (based in Charlottesville, a nonprofit that builds equity by engaging youth in nature, enhancing academic learning, and cultivating skills for healthy living)
    Former Director, Evaluation, Training, & Capacity Building, Community Food Security Coalition
  5. Rick Cavey (2016-2017)
    Organic Farmer and Owner, Wagon Wheel Farm
    Chairperson, Independence, VA Farmers’ Market Committee
    Former Vice President, Grayson Land Care
    Retired naval officer and Iraq War veteran
  6. Ramon Zepeda (2016-2017)
    Program Director, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF)
    Durham, North Carolina
  7. Tracy Kunkler (2014-2015)
    Principal, Circle Forward Partners, Asheville NC (system for collaborative governance)
    Former Principal, Social Profit Strategies
    Facilitator, Western North Carolina Foodshed Summit

Communications and Community Change Dynamics

  1. John Tedesco (2019-2020)
    Professor, Department of Communications at Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  2. Todd Schenk (2018-2019), Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP), Affiliated Faculty, Global Change Center GCC) at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  3. Amy Goldstein (2017-2018)
    Reporter, The Washington Post (covering health care and other social policy issues), Author of Janesville: An American Story, New York: Simon and Schuster Publishers, 2018.
    Washington, D.C.
  4. Mahir Zeynalov and Hamid Belici (2016-2017)
    (Zeynalov)
    CEO, Globe Post Media
    Columnist, Al Arabiya
    Writer, Huffington Post
    Washington, D.C.
    (Belici)
    Rumi Forum
    Washington, D.C.
  5. Tal Stanley (2012-2013)
    Director, Appalachian Center for Civic Life, Emory & Henry College
    Chair, Department of Public Policy and Community Service, Emory & Henry College
    Director, Master of Arts Program, Community & Organizational Leadership, Emory & Henry College
    Emory, VA
  6. Brian Wheeler (2011-2012)
    Director of Communications, City of Charlottesville, Virginia
    Former Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow (media outlet)
    Charlottesville, VA

Community Change, Human & Civil Rights, and Poverty Alleviation

  1. Julia Dinsmore (2019-2020)
    Poet, Singer, and Educator
    Minnesota
  2. Andrea Brunais (2019-2020)
    Communications Director, Author, and Journalist
    Blacksburg, VA
  3. Theresa Williamson (2018-2019)
    Founder and Executive Director, Catalytic Communities (CatComm, an NGO working since 2000 in support of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas)
    Editor-in-Chief, Rio on Watch (CatComm’s internationally recognized watchdog news service)
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. Andy Morikawa (2018-2019)
    Senior Fellow, Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance
    Former Executive Director, New River Valley Community Foundation
    Blacksburg, VA
  5. Wornie Reed (2017-2018), Director, Race and Social Policy Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  6. Virgil Woods (2016-2017)
    Civil Rights leader, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and American Baptist Church Pastor
    Houston, Texas
  7. Ted Edlich (2014-2015)
    Former President and CEO, Total Action for Progress (TAP) Roanoke
    Author, Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids: Strategies and Tactics for Running a Nonprofit Company, Atlanta, GA: Write Life Publishing, 2016.
  8. Penny Franklin (2013-2014)
    Civil rights activist
    Christiansburg, VA
  9. Pam McMichael (2012-2013)
    Co-Founder, Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
    Board Member, Showing Up for Racial Justice
    Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
    New Market, Tennessee
  10. Avila Kilmurray (2011–2012)
    Consultant, The Social Change Initiative
    Former Director, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
    Founding Member, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition
    Belfast, Northern Ireland

Creative Arts, Community Cultural Development, Music & Theater

  1. Brandi and Carlton Turner (2019-2020)
    Sipp Culture
    Utica, MS
  2. Todd London (2019-2020)
    Essayist, Novelist, Arts Journalist, and Theatre Historian
    New York, NY
  3. Henrique Gomes da Silva and Andreza Jorge (2019-2020)
    Cultural Activists and Organizers, Redes Da Maré
    Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. Elizabeth LaPrelle (2019-2020)
    Appalachian ballad and old-time musician
    Rural Retreat, VA and Brooklyn, NY
  5. Bradley Stephens (2017-2018)
    Director, CoLab Roanoke
    Organizer, Cityworks (X)po
    Roanoke, VA
  6. Carolyn Zelikow (2017-2018)
    Organizer, The Hometown Summit/Tom Tom Festival
    Associate Director, National Programs, The Aspen Institute
    Former Assistant Director, Tom Tom Festival Charlottesville
    Washington, D.C.
  7. Keryl McCord (2017-2018)
    President and CEO, Equity Quotient (EQ, a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming the arts through the lens of erasing racism, to achieve cultural equity), Former Director of Operations, Alternate ROOTS, Atlanta, GA
  8. Art and Lee Beltrone (2017-2018)
    Co-Founders and Co-Curators, Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP)
    Co-Authors, “A Wartime Log and Vietnam Graffiti Messages from a Forgotten Troopship”
    Keswick, VA
  9. Amy Brooks (2017-2018)
    Program Director and Dramaturg, Roadside Theater (the theater wing of Appalachian grassroots arts and media center Appalshop)
    Whitesburg, Kentucky
  10. William (Bill) Cleveland (2017-2018)
    Director, Center for the Study of Art & Community
    Bainbridge Island, Washington
  11. Elizabeth Streb (2015-2016)
    Founder, STREB Extreme Action
    Author, STREB: How to be an Extreme Action Hero
    Founder, SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics)
    New York, NY
  12. Lisa Jo Epstein (2014-2015)
    Founder, Executive, and Artistic Director, Just Act (focused on creative arts & asset-based community/civic engagement, healing, activism, social justice diversity, capacity building)
    Facilitator, Theatre of the Oppressed
    Founder, Gas & Electric Arts Theater Company
    Philadelphia, PA
  13. Liz Lerman (2014-2015)
    Choreographer, performer, writer, teacher, and speaker
    Founder, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
    Co-Author, Critical Response Process
    Tempe, AZ
  14. Benjamin Knapp (2013-2014)
    Founding Director, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT); promoting research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science
    Professor, Computer Science, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  15. Joanna Sherman and Michael McGuigan (2013-2014)
    Founder/Artistic Director and Managing Director, Bond Street Theatre
    New York, NY
  16. John Ferguson (2013-2014)
    Founder and Executive Director, American Voices (provides cultural exchange through the performing arts and education in nations emerging from conflict and isolation), St. Louis, MO
  17. Thenmozhi Soundararajan (2012-2013)
    Singer, transmedia artist and storyteller, songwriter, hip-hop musician, technologist
    Dalit rights-based activist
    Delhi, India
  18. Kathie Denobriga and Melanie Hammet (2012-2013)
    (Denobriga)
    Founding Member, Former Executive Director, Active Board Member, Alternate ROOTS
    Project Manager, Arts & Democracy Project
    Mayor, Pine Lake, Georgia
    (Hammet)
    Performing songwriter
    Former Member, City Council, Pine Lake, Georgia
    Former President, DeKalb Municipal Association
    Pine Lake, GA
  19. Jack Hinshelwood (2012-2013)
    Executive Director, The Crooked Road
    Abingdon, VA
  20. Dudley Cocke (2011-2012)
    Stage director, writer, media producer
    Artistic Director, Roadside Theater
    Former Interim Director, Appalshop
    Whitesburg, Kentucky

Governance, International Diplomacy and Development

  1. Alexander Wendt (2019-2020)
    Mershon Professor of International Security and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
  2. Laura Zanotti (2019-2020)
    Professor, Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  3. Kristin Lamoureux (2019-2020), Visiting Professor, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  4. Francesco Manca (2016-2017)
    Independent Political Analyst
    Former Deputy Director, Political and Civil Affairs Office, Office of the United Nations Interim Force, Lebanon
    Beirut, Lebanon and Sardinia, Italy
  5. Patricia Parera (2015-2016)
    Consultant, World Bank
    Blacksburg, VA
  6. Tay Keong Tan (2014-2015)
    Director, International Studies and Senior Project Fellow, Department of Political Science, Radford University
    Former consultant, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Partnership for Transparency Fund
    Radford, VA

Health, Science, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Development

  1. Leigh-Anne Krometis (2019-2020), Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  2. Emily Satterwhite (2018-2019), Professor and Director of Appalachian Studies at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  3. Ethan Kent (2016-2017)
    Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
    New York, NY
  4. Frank Dukes (2013-2014)
    Director, Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA
  5. John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH (2012-2013)
    Commissioner of Health, State of Tennessee
    Nashville, TN
  6. Nancy Agee (2011-2012)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Carilion Clinic
    Roanoke, VA
  7. Bob Summers (2011-2012)
    Founder, TechPad
    San Francisco, CA
  8. Craig T. Ramey, PhD (2011-2012)
    Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
    Roanoke, VA
  9. Woody Crenshaw (2011-2012)
    Craftsman and Entrepreneur
    Co-owner, Riverstone Organic Farm, Floyd County
    Co-owner, Floyd Country Store
    Former President, Crooked Road, Round the Mountain, SustainFloyd, Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
    Floyd, VA
  10. Beth Obenshain (2010-2011)
    Founder & Former Executive Director, New River Land Trust
    Former Chair and Co-Chair, United Land Trust
    Journalist and farmer
    Blacksburg, VA

[arranged alphabetically, by author last name]

  1. Nada Berrada (ASPECT)
  2. Jon Catherwood Ginn (MFA)
  3. D'Elia Chandler (MPIA)
  4. Yvonne Chang (MFA in Theatre)
  5. Catherine Cotrupi (Higher Education and Virginia Tech Asst. Director for Student Engagement)
  6. Lehi Dowell (PGG)
  7. Anna Erwin (PGG)
  8. Naftali Fields (MFA)
  9. Benjamin Grove (PGG)
  10. Vanessa Guerra (EDP)
  11. Sarah Halverson-Fried (MURP)
  12. Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD)
  13. Eric Hodges (PGG)
  14. Dana Hogg (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education., Master’s)
  15. Mario Khreiche (ASPECT)
  16. Lyusyena Kirakosyan (ASPECT)
  17. Rebecca Landis (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education., Master’s)
  18. Jordan Laney (ASPECT)
  19. Steven T. Licardi (LMSW)
  20. Heather Lyne (MPIA)
  21. Sarah Lyon-Hill (MPIA and PGG)
  22. Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD)
  23. Emma Martin (MURP)
  24. Garland Mason (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, Master’s and PhD)
  25. Neda Moayerian (PGG)
  26. Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
  27. Andy Morikawa (VTIPG)
  28. Will Muessig (International Studies)
  29. Thomas Murray (MFA)
  30. Lara Nagle (MURP)
  31. Beth Olberding (MURP and MNR)
  32. Dayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education, PhD)
  33. Rebecca Powell-Doherty (MPH)
  34. Pallavi Raonka (Sociology, PhD)
  35. Mary Ryan (ASPECT)
  36. Katherine Santizo (Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD)
  37. Vera Smirnova (PGG)
  38. Kristi Snyder (Local entrepreneur)
  39. Alexander Stubberfield (MPIA and ASPECT)
  40. Courtney Surmanek (MURP and MFA in Theatre)
  41. Molly Todd (ASPECT)
  42. Colie Touzel (MURP)

Virginia Tech Degree Programs Cited, Grouped by College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education Master’s and PhD Programs

College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Environmental Design and Planning, (EDP) PhD Program
Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) Program
Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Program
Planning, Governance and Globalization, (PGG) PhD Program

College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Master’s and PhD Programs

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Alliance for Social, Political Ethical and Cultural Thought, (ASPECT) PhD Program
International Studies, Bachelor of Arts Program
Master of Fine Arts (Theatre) (MFA) Program
Sociology, PhD Program

College of Natural Resources and Environment
Master of Natural Resources (MNR) Program

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

[arranged by year grant was awarded]

  1. Virginia Tech Student Budget Board, CCC Registered Student Organization, Awarded April 10, 2019, $2,909 for Fall 2019 events.
  2. Virginia Tech Student Budget Board, CCC Registered Student Organization, Awarded March 15, 2019, $750 for Spring 2019 events. (For Campus Voices project)
  3. Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, “The Community Change Collaborative,” Awarded March 6, 2019, $24,764.
  4. Vibrant Virginia, “The Community Change Collaborative,” Awarded April 2018, $10,000.
  5. Virginia Tech Women and Minority Artist and Scholars Lecture Series grant for Community Change Collaborative sponsored speaker, Theresa Williamson. Awarded September 28, 2018, $750.
  6. Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs and Bridgestone WVA Technical and Community College, “Small Communities and the Challenge of Social and Economic Change,” Awarded 2017, $17,000.
  7. Virginia Tech, Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, Program grant for Community Voices Speaker’s series. Awarded 2012, $2,000.
  8. Virginia Tech, Vice President for Research and Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs, “Global Dialogue for Responsibility,” Awarded 2010, $55,000.