Summer Sustainability

Community-Engaged Fellows

The Sustainability Community-Engaged Summer Fellows program is open to students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Hajim School.

Sustainability Community-Engaged Fellowship Program

The 2023 Sustainability Community-Engaged Fellowship program seeks four outstanding University of Rochester undergraduate students. Participants will work with Stephanie Ashenfelder (Digital Media Studies) and Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp (Dance and Movement). Approximate dates are mid-June to late July; each fellow will receive a stipend for participation in the program. Please see below for more specific information.

Adirondack (ADK) Climate Stories

The goal of this project is to connect climate change to personal narrative through a mobile audio installation that travels the Adirondack Park recording the stories of climate change.

The intention is to use these stories to inspire student activist/artists to reflect on ways to make art in and around the topic of climate change. This art may take the form of film, dance, visual art, music and will be captured in a digital archive. This archive will hold these creative reflections, along with the original stories, and climate data that will allow for multiple ways of understanding.

The goal is to have our broader audience understand climate change cognitively, intuitively, and in an embodied — real way. More information can be found at

Fellowship Expectations

The ADK Climate Fellowship has three distinct parts:

  1. Along with faculty members, fellows will be working to collect more stories in locations in the park.  Locations will be determined by the Adirondack Council - one of our community partners.
  2. The fellows will help faculty transition into the art-making portion of the project and participate in the planning and execution of an artist's retreat in Minerva, New York.  At the four-day retreat, artists and community members respond to climate change by creating works of film, dance, visual art, and music in response to the stories we've collected.
  3. Fellows will also have the opportunity to live in the Adriondacks and work with a sustainability leader, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.
Fellowship Requirements

Students must enjoy working collaboratively and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.  Organizational skills, experience creating social media content, and creative, flexible things with a strong work ethic encouraged to apply! Creatives encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Schedule and Stipend


  • June 12: Fellowship begins remotely
  • June 18: Fellowship begins at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
  • June 25: Artist Retreat in Minerva, New York
  • July 3: Story collection with the Climate Booth and the fellowship continues at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
  • July 10: Fellowship continues at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
  • July 17: Fellowship moves to remote
  • July 21: Fellowship ends


  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $4,000 (pre-tax amount)
  • Housing and a shared vehicle will be provided for the time in the Adirondacks (July 18-July16)
  • Students will be responsible for food and fuel expenses


Application guidelines can be found here. Submissions will be due by March 27, with interviews to follow.

*Note: The program is only available to continuing students who will be enrolled in fall; graduating seniors are not eligible.