Partner Profiles: Our Miss Rosie

One of the fun things about E1V is all the great community members we get to meet and hang out with.  There are so many folks who have helped us make a home where we can look to opportunities in the future.

One of the people who has been around pretty much from the beginning is Rosie, a graduate student in Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon.  If you have ever been or ever known a graduate student, you know that, between attending classes, writing theses, and teaching classes, they are very busy people.

Rosie has been with us since before there were even people in the village.

As Gabe has said, “From the first day we met Rosie, even before we had begun moving into and opening the village, she has brought great energy, skill, willingness and joy to our team.

She sees the promise and possibility of our mission and has worked hard alongside everyone to see the village begin and do well.”

Rosie, peeking around from back row in center, colleagues, students, villagers in early days, no one knowing what they are getting themselves into.

Rosie attended the U of O in the early 2000s graduating in 2014 with a B.A. in International Studies and a Minor in Dance. She then went out into the world gaining a lot of experience in many different disciplines and specialties.

While she was spent her decade away from academia, she worked and studied digital media marketing and production as well as coordinating the Portland chapter of Amigos de las Americas‘s recruitment efforts, and producing videos, choreographing videos, not to mention honing her chops in management software, teaching film-making fundamentals from middle schoolers to working professionals, designing financial literacy program for elementary students, well there is a lot more but you get the idea.

(Some of us wouldn’t mind getting ahold of lessons in financial literacy ourselves.)

Oh, and she also found time to serve as artist in residence with Springboard for the Arts, an organization that provides support to artists of all sorts.

At the end of all this, in 2019, she returned to the U of O to become a candidate for a Master’s in Landscape Architecture.  And somehow she made her way to our humble village. We are so used to seeing her around the village, that in researching this update it has been very interesting to find out how she came our way.

Rosie gives alot of the credit for what she is doing now to her advisor, Landscape Architecture Professor YeKang Ko:

“Yekang is an inspiring advisor!” says Rosie, “She’s got so much enthusiasm and ambition when it comes to these projects. She also has a ton of know-how. She set a comprehensive framework for students during the first few weeks of the ‘Design for Climate Action’ class and also provided direction all along the way to ensure the projects students focused on were achievable and had a plan for completion. She cares a lot about this work and her students too.

Also, I think everyone in our group was so grateful for the opportunity to take a class that wasn’t just classroom theory but also practical, tactile, and collaborative problem-solving in the community. It has been such a unique experience for all of us as students. Also, speaking for myself, it has really grounded my education in a big way.”

Rosie bottom right front and her Landscape4Humanity Team with completed firewood shed project

We already have several updates about the work Rosie, Yekang, and their students have done for the village through the organization Landscape4Humanity (L4H):

When asked how she became involved in L4H and Everyone Village, Rosie said:

“These happened kind of simultaneously…  I had heard about L4H before I had applied to the University of Oregon. It was actually one of the reasons that I decided on the UO program for my schooling. It was exciting to see that there were people at UO that were invested in spatial and environmental justice and actively doing amazing work. I was excited when Yekang offered me a position as one of the learning assistants for her “Design for Climate Justice” class.

I collaborated with Sara Loquist, PhD candidate in the landscape architecture department, to lead a team of 6 undergraduate students to tackle these issues at Everyone Village. We were all eager and excited to help out after we heard about the newly opened village (it was only a couple weeks old at that point).

Gabe and Heather warmly welcomed us and helped facilitate a lot of the early conversations with residents and provided lots of support throughout. They are rockstars! And, as are the residents! The residents were also super kind and interested in collaborating and they really helped to steer us in the direction of which projects to work on. We have all really enjoyed our time working with the E1V community. Excitedly, most everyone is continuing to help out at E1V this term too, even after the end of the ‘Design for Climate Action’ class. “

Rosie and colleague Sarah getting things together. Rosie has the hands-on-hips-let-get-this-show-on-the-road body language that only alpha mammals in the wild dare exhibit.

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, Rosie is humble too, always trying to give the credit to others.  Well, if she won’t blow her own horn, we will have to. Heather, one of our founders has this to say:

“I believe it was Yekang Ko from Landscape 4 Humanity that introduced us to Rosie. It is a real honor for Everyone Village to be part of her master’s thesis project.

What stands out about Rosie is her big picture understanding of the value of trauma-informed design practices and collaboration.

I like the way she listens to villagers’ voices and actively engages in practical and achievable projects that support our stage of organizational development.”

We pretty much take for granted that we will see Rosie around here, either taking plant samples for her thesis, guiding her students, or bent over a table with Gabe and Heather, their heads almost touching, plotting their moves.  She even has an entry on the Everyone Village website on the leader’s page:

It is actually somewhat mysterious, seeing her around collecting plant samples from the site.  To the inexperienced eye, it all looks like a bunch of grass. When asked to explain what was going on, Rosie did little to lessen the mystery:

My master’s project is currently in the ideation phase, so there’s still a lot that could change about it within the next 6 months but my hope is to develop a trauma-informed framework for landscape design that could be implemented at transitional villages like E1V. Trauma-informed environmental design is an emerging field so there’s still lots to research and fine-tuning to be done, but my hope is to work with residents at E1V to develop a framework that moves the conversation in the direction of increased healing and joy through landscape architecture.”

Not sure what that has to do with taking plant samples.  Our suspicion is that ‘ideation phase’  is code for ‘secret government project.”  Whatever. We trust Rosie. Even if she engages in unexplained activities around here.

And what is up with that dance minor? Will she be eventually be instructing villagers in the subtleties of ‘jazz hands?’ Or leading us in ritual dances come harvest time?  It is better not to speculate.

Anywayyyyy. . . .

Interviewing Rosie can seem to be just a series of shoutouts to others, and we can’t wrap this up without Rosie giving credit to her grad student colleagues and students:

“Sara Loquist has played a big part in organizing students last term, she was one of the fellow learning assistants last term for the ‘Design for Climate Action’ class. She’s a PhD candidate right now in our LA department.

Also, the undergraduate students in our group who came up with the designs based on resident feedback were Lorine Moellentine, Sage Fetkenhour, Angie Kline, Leon Oliver, Michael Yoo, and Summer Putman. They all put in a tremendous amount of time, work, and energy! Many of them will be continuing on their projects and working on a new one this next term too!”

Our weekly village meetings where everything happens. Can’t see her, but Rosie is in there somewhere.

Ok, Rosie, we won’t single you out.

Let’s just say it is pretty cool to have all of you around the village all the time, and we are looking forward to your next project, The Non-Smoker’s Smoking Shack. Guess that needs a little explanation. Other than the common area in the warehouse, the only covered area onsite is the smoker’s shack, and the students thought it might be nice for non-smokers to have a place to congregate as well. So they got on it, got some funding, and soon we will have a meditation space, quiet contemplation area, or just a place to watch the rain. And there will be not a whiff of tobacco. Watch this space for updates on that!

This is the only actual image Rosie sent for this profile. We don’t understand it, something to do with dogs, but we trust Rosie’s plans for us, whatever they are.

So that’s it, an introduction to our pal Rosie. The only misstep she has made is to send us her resume in preparation for this update. Shouldn’t have done that Rosie. Now that we see all the other skills you have we are coming for you.

Thanks again Rosie for all you do.

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