July 23, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Evelyn Perdomo

What is your name? Evelyn Perdomo

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I was born in San Francisco and raised in Daly City, CA. I consider the Bay Area my home.

What are your big summer plans?   I plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities (hiking, biking, camping, tubing) since this my first summer in Oregon.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?   I’m in the Community and Regional Planning Program. I’m interested in community development, specifically housing issues and economic development strategies.

What Community Planning Workshop (CPW)  project did you worked on?   I was a part of team food hub. Our project was the “Lane County Year-Round Regional Public market and Food Hub Market Analysis”. We conducted a market study for Lane County to determine consumer demand for a potential year-round public market In Lane County. This is an important project for the county because there is a strong local food movement in the county. We conducted a lot of research about local food in Lane County and we talked to local food experts to determine supply and distribution gaps. We also sent out a household survey to residents in Eugene and Springfield to determine their shopping preferences and interest in a public market. I helped interview local food experts and enjoyed learning a lot from them. I also helped analyze our household survey results. The results were great because most respondents were interested in attending a public market at least once a week and wanted to get to know the producers who grow their food.

What are some of the most critical skills you learned from being engaged in CPW?    I think CPW definitely helped me improve my presentation skills. I also became more comfortable with quantitative analysis because we had so many survey results to evaluate.

What is your favorite quote?   “What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied” – Tony Dungy

What about CPW made you smile?   I got a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that I was working on an important project for the City of Eugene and Lane County. It was great that our clients trusted us to work on the market study because it will likely have a big impact on economic development in the future.

What is your best-kept secret?   It’s not a secret to anyone that knows me but if you’re ever in the SF Bay Area you have to eat at Sliver Pizzeria in downtown Berkeley and then walk over to CREAM on Telegraph Avenue for an ice cream sandwich!

What is your dream job?   I would like to work in community development for my hometown of Daly City or other city in the Bay Area. However, I absolutely love football so it would be cool to have a job where I got paid to watch NFL games. I’d like to be in the broadcast booth for every 49er game.

Where can we ‘cyber-stalk’ you?   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/evelyn-perdomo/63/311/4b1

July 21, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Austin Cummings

Austin Cummings CPW Community Planning Workshop OPDR Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

What is your name?  Austin Cummings

Alias?  Some call me Chicken-Wing, some call me Auggie, while others call me C-Murder or the Untamed Orangoutang . All have a story behind them, none of which I have the space to tell you about.

Where were you born and where do you call home?  My home is Oregon, but my heart is in Mississippi.

What are your big summer plans?  I am the sort of person who always sets ambitious goals during the summer. I hope to read several books, play a lot of basketball, learn a bunch of Junior Kimbrough songs on guitar, and explore Portland. Other than that, I am caring for my son during the day and tackling Community Service Center stuff at night. Being at home with my son is the definitely the highlight of my summer.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?  I graduated from the Master of Public Administration – MPA program this June, concentrating in urban planning. In the Fall I will be attending Portland State University pursuing a PhD in Urban Studies. I am interested in community development, the geography of opportunity, equity planning, the intersection of education policy and urban planning, and planning/social theory.

What was your favorite University of Oregon class?  Any class with Professor Sandoval. His classes pushed me to think in new ways and the readings were always relevant. He does a great job showing how theory is tied to on the ground phenomena and how that influences planning.

What is the most critical skills you learned from being engaged in Community Planning Workshop?    1. Know your purpose, scope, and role. Understanding those things in the deepest and furthest breadth possible is the first step a person or team needs to take before acting.   2. You have to be able to concisely articulate and summarize that to the client and community you are working with.    3. As the project unfolds, more information is gathered, and you have a better understanding of the dynamics of the client and community you are working with, it is crucial to go back to those two things.

What about CPW made you smile?  The camaraderie within my group made CPW an incredible and delightful experience. I also thoroughly enjoyed my project manager, Erik Forsell’s constant use of analogy, metaphor, and colloquialisms because they succinctly explained whatever concept we were trying to understand or task we were trying to tackle.

What is your dream job?   I hope to be a college professor one day. But if I wasn’t pursuing that route I would like to be a college basketball coach. I use to coach high school varsity men’s and women’s basketball, and throughly enjoy every aspect of coaching- from the teaching, to the strategizing, to developing players and teams to be successful on and off the court.

July 17, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Somaly Jaramillo Hurtado

Somaly Jaramillo Hurtado CPW Community Planning Workshop OPDr Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

What is your name? My name is Somaly Jaramillo Hurtado.

Alias? No alias, just Somaly

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Buenaventura, the most important port in the Pacific Coast of Colombia. However, I studied and worked many years in Cali, Colombia. I really like living in Cali, but my family live in Buenaventura, and for that reason Buenaventura is still my place, it is my home.

Something fun you like to do? I really enjoy traveling.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating: “Divergent” rate: 2/5 stars

In which graduate program are you enrolled? I am enrolled in the Community and Regional Planning master program. I really like the diversity of classes the program has, but I am interested in the environmental planning and community development fields.

What Community Planning Workshop (CPW)  project did you worked on during the academic year? I lived an exciting learning experience with the County Market Analysis for a Year-Round Regional Public Market /Food Hub”. It is a socio-economic development project with the purpose of better understand the demand for a public market with some functions of a food hub. We found that residents in Eugene and Springfield could support a public market because there is an increasing interest and movement around local food. Not only several people want to buy local food and would like to go once per week to a public market, but also the number of local food’s farmers and organizations that promote and support local food in Lane County is growing.

What is most critical skill you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year? As planner and as graduate student this project let me develop several skills such as public speaking, writing reports, organizing meeting agendas, interviewing, researching, and analyzing information.

What about CPW made you smile? Working in team makes me smile. I had a really nice and funny team.

What are your big summer plans? Just to work on my two internships and on my thesis project.

July 15, 2014
by Julia Havens
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