Working Wednesdays: Collaborative Approaches in Bioregional Environmental Justice, Joshua Moses, Haverford College


This is a plant drawing both above and below the soil line

In this participatory workshop we share an in-process attempt at online community-based research rooted in bioregional environmental justice approach with an emphasis on group collaboration. Specifically, the course has focused on ecological identity of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges as understood through a study of the Cobbs Creek, which links Haverford Campus to West Philadelphia.

Levels of Ecological Orientations

  • Individual learning.
  • Working collaboratively within our class.
  • Working with nonprofits and community groups beyond campus.
  • Engaging with land, place, ecology, and the bioregion.


  • Honor your imagination and curiosity; 
  • Strengthen skills of craft, rigor, and patience that are necessary to collaborative work;
  • Trust your ability to turn ideas into reality; and then 
  • Implement your ideas in dialogue with others (including facilitation and creative process); and finally 
  • Increased knowledge/practice of methods and ethics of collaborative research.

This fall, PPEH offers a new lunch series, Working Wednesdays, designed to showcase in-progress Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) straddling theoretical and practical environmental concerns with a focus on our mid-Atlantic region. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 sharp.