Health Policy Practicum promotes healthy housing for all Memphians

healthy home day 2015Mayor Wharton, Lauren Rotonda (3L), Jere Mason (3L), Gracie Gelfand (2L), and Roxy Rudolph (3L) surround the Proclamation by Mayors Wharton & Luttrell naming January 15, 2015 “Healthy Homes Day” in Memphis.

From Practicum student, Roxy Rudolph, Law School Class of 2015:

The Health Policy Practicum was a unique learning experience that provided an opportunity for my classmates and I to tailor our legal skills for the benefit of the Memphis community.  The value of the Practicum did not come from a casebook or outline.  Instead, this course taught us to think from a more versatile perspective, considering the broader political and social factors at play when attempting to introduce and implement new legal policies.  It takes a lot more than lawyers to make the law work for the benefit of everyone and, thus, it was crucial for students to engage with the community in order to really make significant strides toward our ultimate goal of promoting healthy housing for all Memphians.  Whether it was visiting families affected by unsafe housing conditions or discussing code reform with community development leaders, collaborating and connecting with individuals outside of the classroom was a vital component of this course. This aspect of community engagement is also what made the Practicum most rewarding, as we were able to share our progress and ideas with other people who care about the future of our city and its youth.  To me, there is no better way to use your education than for the benefit of others and that was truly what the Health Policy Practicum was about.

"Culture and Consumerism" course uses Engaged Scholarship to understand food security in Memphis



The "Culture and Consumerism" combined undergraduate and graduate Anthropology course (ANTH 4431/6431) taught by Dr. Keri Brondo (pictured to the left) utilized a Learn and Serve Award to assist in two research projects related to food security in Memphis.  The research projects included: (1) participant observation and informal interviewing with fishers at Shelby Farms public fisheries, and in (2) door-to-door surveys residents to assist in the evaluation of GrowMemphis urban garden leadership training programs.  Other opportunities for service and outreach activities included community gardening and farmers market support for GrowMemphis (photos above and below).