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Internship


What is the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program?

All project efforts are carried out through the activities of the internship program, which runs in Fall, Spring and Summer and adapts to the season. Interns sustain the planting of the satellite gardens and offer public programs including tours of the gardens. The UIC Sustainability Fee has funded paid internships since its inception in the summer of 2013. The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) collaborate on this project with program infrastructure provided by the Latino Cultural Center. 

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Internship


What is the UIC Heritage Garden Internship Program?

All project efforts are carried out through the activities of the internship program, which runs in Fall, Spring and Summer and adapts to the season. Interns sustain the planting of the satellite gardens and offer public programs including tours of the gardens. The UIC Sustainability Fee has funded paid internships since its inception in the summer of 2013. The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) collaborate on this project with program infrastructure provided by the Latino Cultural Center. 

HOW DO WE TEACH AND LEARN?

The Heritage Garden curriculum is developed and taught by CCUSC directors. It builds on research, conducted by LCC and AACC directors Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista when they worked at the Field Museum, which identified a number of key community concerns and strategies for community involvement in climate action, including gardening and urban agriculture. The Heritage Garden project frame work uses an assets-based approach that recognizes the range of green practices that people are already doing, builds on cultural values and identity, and links community concerns with environmental issues. 

Student interns engage in many hands-on, educational activities that help to develop and maintain the garden and sustain their relationships with community partners. Interns research the cultural significance of plants in the garden, gather recipes, and collect stories from family, friends, and neighbors about their environmental friendly practices. Interns participate in weekly discussions about readings related to environmental and cultural sustainability, visit community resources relevant to this project, and work with local artists to make creative and explicit connections between environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and social justice. 

Heritage garden in the UIC news!

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Curriculum


Curriculum


Internship Goals & Educational Activities 

Establish a sustainable educational model to help engage students around environmental and cultural sustainability issues. 

Intellectual Framework

Our intellectual framework is based on research done by the garden directors, Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista.  

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SYLLABI

Click to download the syllabi we have used throughout the years.  

BOOK DISCUSSION

Find out what books the interns have read that relate to the Heritage Garden's framework. 

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UICHG Community


UICHG Community


Centers for Cultural understanding and social change Directors

From Left to Right: Rosa Cabrera, PhD, Directer of the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center; Lori Baptista, PhD, Director of the African-American Cultural Center; Mark Martell, PhD, Director of the Asian-American Resource and Cultural Center

From Left to Right: S Symmons, PhD, Interim Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center; Natalie Bennett, PhD, Director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center; Nadine Naber, PhD, Interim Director of the Arab-American Cultural Center

 

Student Leaders and Interns

summer 2018 - Current cohort

Student Leaders

  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Sciences
  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Nour Ghalyoun, English/Pre-Med
  • Alex Smith, Psychology

Student Interns

  • Kayla Toulabi
  • Abigail Olsen
  • Mechiya Jamison
  • Zuleyma Morales
  • Umair Naseem
  • Edith Mendez (photographer)
 

Spring 2018

Student Leaders

  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Sciences
  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology

Interns

  • Nour Ghalyoun, English/Pre-Med
  • Alex Smith, Psychology
 

Fall 2017

Student Leaders

  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Sciences
  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Britany Davis, Biological Sciences

Interns

  • Nour Ghalyoun, English/Pre-Med
  • Alex Smith, Psychology
 

Summer 2017

Student Leaders

  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Studies
  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Britany Davis, Biological Sciences

Interns

  • Nour Ghalyoun, English/Pre-Med
  • Alex Smith, Psychology
  • Ana Ruiz, Sociology and Criminal Law
  • Onyedikachi Ebiringah, Psychology
  • Giovanni Garcia, Computer Science
 Top row (left to right): Jonathan Villaseñor,  Alex Smith, Onyedikachi Ebiringah, Nour Ghalyoun, Giovanni Garcia, Samar Khrawish  Bottom row (left to right): Ana Ruiz, Britany Davis, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Tran Huynh

Top row (left to right): Jonathan Villaseñor,  Alex Smith, Onyedikachi Ebiringah, Nour Ghalyoun, Giovanni Garcia, Samar Khrawish

Bottom row (left to right): Ana Ruiz, Britany Davis, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Tran Huynh

 

Spring 2017

Student Leaders

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology

Interns

  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Studies
  • Britany Davis, Biological Sciences
 

Fall 2016

Student Leaders

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology

Intern

  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Studies
  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Britany Davis, Biological Sciences
  • Catalina Restrepo, Psychology
 

Summer 2016

Student Leaders

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies

Interns

  • Catalina Restrepo, Psychology
  • Britany Davis, Biological Sciences
  • Jonathan Villaseñor, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
  • Samar Khrawish, Integrated Health Studies
  • Ainna Flaminia, Nursing
  • Rozy Lakada, Computer Science
 Top row (left to right): Jonathan Villaseñor, Britany Davis, Samar Khrawish, Ainna Flaminia, Ian Torres  Bottom row (left to right): Catalina Restrepo, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Tran Huynh, Rozy Lakada

Top row (left to right): Jonathan Villaseñor, Britany Davis, Samar Khrawish, Ainna Flaminia, Ian Torres

Bottom row (left to right): Catalina Restrepo, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Tran Huynh, Rozy Lakada

 

Spring 2016

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Interns

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
 

Fall 2015

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Phoenix Chen, Teaching of Mathematics

Interns

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Rinn Bobek, Nutrition
  • Maria Lagowski, Psychology/Pre-OT
  • Maurice Mayes, Computer Science
 

Summer 2015

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Phoenix Chen, Teaching of Mathematics

Interns

  • Tran Huynh, Nutrition
  • Rinn Bobek, Nutrition
  • James Esparza, Public Health
  • Maria Lagowski, Psychology/Pre-OT
  • Maurice Mayes, Computer Science
  • Jocelyn Munguia Chavez, Psychology
  • Arianna Roldan, Architetecture
  • Alonzo Zamarron, Graphic Design
  • Jessica Qian Zhang (Documentation), Communications
 Back row (left to right):  Ian Torres, Tran Huynh, Maria Lagowski, Alonzo Zamarron, Yaritza Guillen, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Maurice Mayes. Rinn Bobek, Phoenix Chen, Arianna Roldan,  Front row (left to right): James Esparza, Jocelyn Munguia Chavez, Jessica Qian Zhang 

Back row (left to right):  Ian Torres, Tran Huynh, Maria Lagowski, Alonzo Zamarron, Yaritza Guillen, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Maurice Mayes. Rinn Bobek, Phoenix Chen, Arianna Roldan,

Front row (left to right): James Esparza, Jocelyn Munguia Chavez, Jessica Qian Zhang 

 

Spring 2015

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Tania Sosa, Psychology/Pre-PA

Interns

  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Phoenix Chen, Teaching of Mathematics
  • Jessica Qian Zhang, Communications
 

FALL 2014

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Tania Sosa, Psychology/Pre-PA
  • Karl Novak, Civil Engineering
  • Lucia Whalen, English

Interns

  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Phoenix Chen, Teaching of Mathematics
  • Jessica Qian Zhang, Communications
  • Sharanitha Sampath, Biology
  • Zainab Shirazi, Psychology/Pre-Med
 

SUMMER 2014

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Sharanitha Sampath, Biology
  • Jessica Qian Zhang, Communications
  • Karl Novak, Civil Engineering

Interns

  • Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Phoenix Chen, Teaching of Mathematics
  • Natalie Cruz, Business and Marketing
  • Akhila Gopal, Biology
  • Ian Torres, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Lucia Whalen, English
  • Tania Sosa, Psychology/Pre-PA
 Top row (left to right): Natalie Cruz, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Phoenix Chen, Sharanitha Sampath, Ian Torres  Bottom row (left to right): Yaritza Guillen, Karl Novak, Lucia Whalen, Tania Sosa, Akhila Gopal

Top row (left to right): Natalie Cruz, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Phoenix Chen, Sharanitha Sampath, Ian Torres

Bottom row (left to right): Yaritza Guillen, Karl Novak, Lucia Whalen, Tania Sosa, Akhila Gopal

 

SPRING 2014

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Christian Alfaro, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Eduardo Muñoz, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Karl Novak, Civil Engineering
  • Yaxal Sobrevilla, Communications

Interns

  • Razan Abu-Hashish, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Lulú Martinez, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Victoria McClain, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Sharanitha Sampath, Biology
  • Jessica Qian Zhang, Communications
 

FALL 2013

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Christian Alfaro, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Karl Novak, Civil Engineering
  • Yaxal Sobrevilla, Communications

Interns

  • Razan Abu-Hashish, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Lulú Martinez, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Victoria McClain, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Esha Kher, Computer Science
  • Zainab Shirazi, Psychology/Pre-Med
 

SUMMER 2013

Student Leaders

  • Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Community Psychology
  • Christian Alfaro, Gender and Women's Studies
  • Marta Aguila, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Eduardo Muñoz, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
  • Yaxal Sobrevilla, Communications

Interns

  • Jessica Qian Zhang, Communications
  • Karl Novak, Civil Engineering
  • Obehi Ilenikhena, English American Literature
  • Jinyoung Chang, Psychology
 Back row (left to right): Obehi Ilenikhena, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Yaxal Sobrevilla, Karl Novak, Karl Novak  Front row (left to right): Marta Aguila, Eduardo Muñoz, Jessica Qian Zhang

Back row (left to right): Obehi Ilenikhena, Sarah Gabriella Hernandez, Yaxal Sobrevilla, Karl Novak, Karl Novak

Front row (left to right): Marta Aguila, Eduardo Muñoz, Jessica Qian Zhang

 
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what our interns are saying


what our interns are saying


This internship has made me more social and interactive in my classes. I do not shy away from discussions as much as I used to. I ask more questions. I challenge the material presented more with my newly developed perspective (especially in sustainability related subjects). I have grown a greater appreciation for the UIC community after working here on campus.
— Karl Novak, Civil Engineering & Mathematics
 
As an undocumented student, I have also enjoyed having my existence acknowledged as more than my status, but through the labor and beauty that I bring to campus…in being a part of this internship, I also feel like I have some say or some investment in the environment that exists on campus.
— Yaxal Sobrevilla, Communications and International Studies
The internship has changed a lot of the ways in which I think about sustainability. I never thought about connecting sustainability with cultural traditions. But, once I started story collecting and doing my own research, I realized that people have been practicing different methods of reusing, recycling, and reducing that take into consideration their environments and beliefs.
— Yaritza Guillen, Urban Planning and and Public Affairs