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Alumni Profile: Acacia Cresswell, Summer 2015

February 09, 2016

What semester did you participate in?

I participated in Semester in Dialogue in the summer of 2015, which was called “Semester Outside in the City.” By engaging in dialogue with students, city staff and mentors, our cohort was able to work on a collaborative project concerning outdoor learning. Our cohort spent most of our time in Everett Crowley Park, learning in and learning from the park. Our semester was spent trying to find ways of encouraging outdoor learning like we did, in urban spaces like Vancouver city parks.

Tell us about one of your projects in the Semester and why it mattered to you?

The specific project I worked on was entitled “Stop and Stare.” Its purpose was to capture the attention of city park-goers in order for them to pause, and notice the natural wonders around them. Throughout the semester, our cohort had become attached to the park that we spent most of our days in, studying, listening and learning from it, and this is what we wanted to share with the world. For our final event, my group set up hammocks and constructed a sharing library to keep binoculars, books and teaching tools in, to encourage others to see the park from new perspectives. This space we created would allow teachers, parents or others in the park to hopefully notice a little bit more about what and who uses the park and in what ways.

Tell us about one of your projects in the Semester and why it mattered to you?

The highlight of the semester for me was simply having the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, knowledgeable and inspiring people. I learned so much about how important it is for Vancouver to be a leading city in sustainability while simultaneously providing spaces for enjoyable and informed experiences.

What are you doing differently now as a result of the semester?

As a result of the semester, my eyes have been opened to different points of views on big issues involving the environment, health and our city. I have become more passionate towards helping Vancouver meet its goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020.

What are you doing now that you want to tell the world about?

Currently, I am trying to find new sustainable practices to integrate into my life, all the while trying to get outside more!

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Semester in Dialogue 2016 brochure