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The College of Education and Integrative Studies is a learning community focused on meeting the present and future needs of students in our communities. We educate students to become highly qualified and significant leaders in our society. We are committed to the principles of diversity, ethics and social justice, and life-long learning. Central to our mission are innovative and integrative thinking, reflective practice, collaborative action, and learning by doing.

CEIS Student Earns McNair Scholarship

Casey Sidwell

Casey Sidwell, a Liberal Studies major, has won a McNair Scholarship to research the role of community gardens in promoting a sustainable urban environment.

The McNair Scholars Program, sponsored by the United States Department of Education, prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies by engaging them in research and other scholarly activities.  

“I’m really excited to work with my mentor, Dr. Teresa Lloro-Bidart, in the Department of Liberal Studies, to study interactive work at the Center Street Community Gardens in Pomona,” said Sidwell. “Cal Poly Pomona’s (CPP) learn by doing approach has given me the opportunity to learn and retain information more effectively.”

Sidwell is also a recipient of the CPP Learn Through Discovery Award, which is presented to students working on a project that impacts the surrounding community. She received the award based on her research concerning the role of community gardens in fostering ecological learning, and for implementing a butterfly garden at the Center Street Community Garden.

“Earning a McNair Scholarship is a tremendous accomplishment,” said CEIS Interim Dean Nancy Hurlbut. “I’m pleased to congratulate Casey for this notable achievement and wish her great success in all of her endeavors.”

Sidwell will begin her research project in June and report her findings at the McNair Symposium at CPP next summer.                                                                                                                           

For more information about CEIS, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 869-5370.