IDCE Graduate Social Change House

For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, the Office of Residential Life and Housing (RLH) and the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) have collaborated to form the IDCE Social Change House - a Graduate living & learning community available only to IDCE students.

The IDCE Social Change House is located at 906 Main Street, a beautiful Victorian home situated on the same block as the IDCE Department. This 14 bedroom home is being extensively renovated during the upcoming summer (students interested in moving onto campus for the summer will be housed at one of our other Graduate Student Houses for no additional charge.

It is our hope that this living and learning environment will provide another dimension to graduate education in IDCE. Formally and informally, sharing a living space with a culturally diverse range of students will support the ability of the IDCE community to foster discussion and understanding of social change, and what it really means in relation to ideas discussed in the classroom. The first residents of the Social Change House will help IDCE and RLH to build this new facet of our community, providing their leadership and energy to the development of programming and intellectual direction for the House. Already, our plans include bi-weekly, evening chats with IDCE faculty and a series of monthly lectures and discussions from notable change agents. In addition to a closer connection to a social change community, living in the Social Change House has practical benefits as well. Like all on-campus housing, the Social Change House is all-inclusive and affordable (as little as $633 per month for students who take advantage of the free summer housing) as well as very close to campus and the IDCE Department.

If you think you would be interested in living in the Social Change House, please email Erika Paradis so that Erika can keep you informed about this exciting residential opportunity.

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Dani Battle
(ES&P, 2013)

Dani Battle (U.K.) is a UK native who moved to the United States in the early 1990's. She has a BS in Sustainable Community Development from the UWW program at UMass Amherst, and is thrilled to be continuing her education in this topic as a Masters student in the ES&P program. Dani has been a volunteer worker for the Patriot Resource Conservation & Development Council in Westford for over 6 years, and in 2011 she was given the position of Executive Director of the organization. She has also completed an internship at NRCS via the SCA (Student Conservation Association) and AmeriCorps at the same RC&D organization. Dani's main interests are in developing community and social bonds which focus on improving access to local food and products, the removal of detrimental practices in the food system, and the strengthening of community/socially just sustainability movements.