Photo Credit: Lynn M. Lickteig
I am interested in the intersections between people and place, and how engaged communities can contribute to more resilient, vibrant, and sustainable places, particularly in under-represented communities. I am just beginning a new journey, as an Assistant Professor in Sustainability Education at California State University, Monterey Bay, where I can explore these issues in depth. Prior to this, I served as a University of Colorado Senior Instructor and faculty coordinator for Growing Up Boulder, where I facilitated children and youth engagement in design and planning with many partners including the City of Boulder's Community Planning and Sustainability, Parks & Recreation, Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Transportation Departments. For many years I also facilitated participatory planning in New Mexico and Four Corners states with Spanish Land Grant and Tribal communities. I have also been a professional textile artist, and will travel anywhere there are beautiful textiles, nature and culture intertwined. You can contact me at vderr at csumb.edu
I have taught courses on a wide range of topics, from design and communication, to global cities, to forest restoration. Sample syllabi are provided below.