BiographyI have been at Northeastern University in the Center of Community Service in February 2013, and serve as the Director of Service-Learning and the co-director of our center. Prior to this role, I was the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. I also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum. I am 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.
My scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For my dissertation research (completed summer 2014), I 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. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, am a member of the Advisory Council of the Agricultural Justice Project, and the Farmworker Health and Justice Workgroup of Coming Clean, Inc. In addition, I do research, publish, and present in the field of service-learning and community engagement and am co-editing an upcoming book on faculty development in the field.
Published: Mar 21, 2016 by Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Authors: Becca Berkey & Tania Schusler
Subjects: Environment and Agriculture
This study investigates how justice-related issues affect farmers and workers on organic farms in the northeastern United States. At the study's core is an examination of the current context of laborers in organic agriculture in the U.S. Northeast. The study analyzes the results of an online survey of Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) farmer members to gather information about who labors on organic farms in the NOFA network and what unique justice issues they face.
Published: Sep 01, 2015 by Journal of International Students
Authors: Julie Miller, Becca Berkey, and Francis Griffin
As the number of international students studying in the United States continues to grow, the body of literature about service-learning in English Language Learning curricula is growing in tandem. Authors present recent demographic shifts in ELL student education, a concise introduction to pathway programs, an overview of literature about service-learning with international students, and factors to consider for facilitators of service-learning based on data from 250 students.