Lecturer of Human Services; Director of CETR; and Interim Director of University Honors
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, University Honors Program at Northeastern University
Becca began at Northeastern University in February 2013, where she serves as the Director of Community-Engaged Teaching & Research and starting Summer 2 2022 she is the Interim Director of the University Honors Program. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and is an interdisciplinary learner, researcher, and educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Butler University, a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
Dr. Berkey’s scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For her dissertation research (completed summer 2014), she collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers and in 2017 published Environmental Justice and Farm Labor through Routledge. She serves as a member of the EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, the Advisory Council of the Agricultural Justice Project, and the Farmworker Health and Justice Workgroup of Coming Clean, Inc.
In addition, she does research, publishes, and presents in the field of service-learning and community engagement and a book she co-edited, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement, came out in 2018 through Stylus Publishing. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
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Food Justice and Community Development
Uncovers and examines the key dilemmas of the food system in the United States today using readings, media, discussion, service-learning, and field trips. Working from the foundations of environmental justice and community development, covers production, access, distribution, and key stakeholders from producers to retailers, workers, and consumers. Considers what justice-related issues face stakeholders within the food system in the United States; what policies have most impacted the workforce in the American food system; and what the opportunities and leverage points are for change in improving justice outcomes in this system.
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