HINU, Purdue Students Study Sustainable AgMay 15th, 2012 | By bchapin | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
Beginning at the end of May, students and a professor from Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, Lawrence, KS) will participate in a 15-day study-abroad course on sustainability in Costa Rica.
The course, entitled “Multicultural Perspectives on Sustainable Agriculture,” includes students and faculty from HINU and Purdue University. Attendees will visit a variety of ecosystems, including rainforest; dry forest; coral reef; and coffee, banana, and cacao fields. Through field trips with local guides, students will gain on-site experience with tropical biodiversity while learning about Costa Rican history and culture. As a highlight, students will work on servicelearning projects directed by the Cabecar Indigenous people of Grano de Oro and the Bri Bri people, who operate a cacao (chocolate) plantation and Ecolodge on the Yorkin River using sustainable methodology. The course is funded in large part by a U.S. Department of Agriculture International Science Education grant that is jointly held by Haskell natural science faculty, Bridgett Chapin, and Purdue University faculty Kevin Gibson, Chris Oseto, and Tamara Benjamin.
Past HINU student attendees include: Patrick Freeland, Jaime Gone, Tara Hammer, Myron Ford, Carol Redwing, Carl Ashmore, Mia Torres, Zulando Curley, and Brittany Demarco. Former students Melinda Adams and Raelynn Butler have also accompanied the group as Purdue graduate students.