Tuesday, Apr 9th from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. in Serra Hall 116
The Center for Educational Excellence along with the Office of Sponsored Programs is proud to announce the kick start of our new colloquium series that will highlight the wonderful interdisciplinary research and pedagogical programs here at the University of San Diego. These brown bag lunches will highlight the work of a group of faculty and affiliated partners and include discussion about how these partnerships were conceived in order for others to see the wide range of possibilities out there for them. The world is a complex place and we need multi-level solutions informed by a diversity of perspectives in order to address the social, political, environmental and biological problems of our time.
Our first colloquium is entitled: Healthy City-Healthy Ocean
Adina Batnitzky, Assistant Professor in Sociology (USD) and Theresa Sinicrope Talley, Coastal Specialist with the California Sea Grant Extension Program based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Our goal is to launch a program that will develop and nurture an interdisciplinary, bottom-up movement to better connect our coastal city with the adjacent ocean in order to improve the wellness of urban communities, fishing communities, and marine ecosystems.
Our proposal entitled “Testing the feasibility of urban coastal direct seafood markets” was submitted to the small grants program of the non-profit Collaborative Fisheries Research West. Our intention is for this modest project to be the first phase in getting the Healthy City-Healthy Ocean program started.
The Greater San Diego community, like other heavily built coastal communities, has relatively low day-to-day connection with the adjacent marine environment and its goods and services. This disconnect between people and the natural environment reduces our awareness of how much we depend upon natural resources. In turn, the demand for and availability of healthy, locally sourced food declines; we feel less of a responsibility to care for the environment; we lose our sense of place and culture; and we forget about the economic and cultural importance of ocean-based livelihoods.
The overarching goal of this first project is to increase public awareness of the importance of a diverse and local (i.e., sustainable) fishing industry to our community and our ocean. We will use an inductive approach by leveraging San Diego’s ethnic diversity and desire for healthier diets, and the Port of San Diego’s collaborative plan for two direct seafood markets, to collect needed market feasibility data and to raise public awareness of the industry.