Siena Project Incubator (SPIn) is an intensive summer program that connects faculty, students, and community organizations in multi-year participatory action research projects. SPIn starts with the assumption that our region's most entrenched problems should be addressed through interdisciplinary and collective impact processes and that meaningful change requires a long-term approach.
SPIn's three-year model allows for projects to grow over time.
In year one we explore issues, develop relationships, and celebrate small wins;
In year two, we develop and support student and community leadership in implementing a targeted intervention;
In year three, we work collaboratively to ensure sustainable action.
The Center for Academic Community Engagement team is proud to announce that the Siena/Summer Project Incubator (SPIn) is back for the Summer of 2022
Whatever your interests, we have a project for you! We cater to ALL majors and believe SPIn offers students an opportunity to bring your passions to life.
Paid Summer Research opportunities with AmeriCorps
Interdisciplinary community engaged research with faculty and local nonprofit organizations
The deadline for enrollment is April 30th. Join us for a zoom information session (dates below).
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns Ruth Kassel or (518) 782-6951. We look forward to connecting soon.
Information Session Dates
No need to RSVP
Dates: 4/19/2022 at 5:00 PM 4/21/2022 at 10:30 AM 4/26/2022 at 5:00 PM 4/28/2022 at 10:30 AM 5/3/2022 at 5:00 PM 5/5/2022 at 10:30 AM
SUMMER RESEARCH PROJECTS
Vibrant Communities: Community Wealth
Siena has partnered with AVillage, Inc. and other key community stakeholders to gather community input for various AVillage initiatives. While this partnership started to advance a grocery store initiative, it quickly moved to more general wealth building support leading to the expansion of the South End Night Market (SENM) and the creation of the Nascent Black Entrepreneur Fellows Program.
The medicinal plant and apothecary garden project focuses on building community partnerships around a deep connection with the earth, human health, and well-being. Our mission is to learn from, share with, and work alongside communities which are interested in the medicinal properties of plants that grow abundantly in our region.
JUST URBAN TRANSITIONS: FOOD, CLIMATE AND JUSTICE
The partnership builds on the existing community resilience and need for justice in the South End of Albany. Amidst ongoing challenges of systemic racism, inequality, climate change and the ongoing pandemic, the aim is to increase local food security and mutual support networks.
Refugee Voice: Asset Mapping and Social Cohesion in West Hill
The goal of asset mapping in Albany’s West Hill neighborhood is to heal socioeconomic fractures by engaging directly with local residents. These mapping activities involve community-based research, civic engagement and critical refugee studies. Through this process, the community strengths and needs articulated by diverse West Hill residents will be collected to create a narrative map.
Informal STEM Learning
This research focuses on helping to build the Connect Center as a leader in informal learning in multiple ways. The project aims to add a STEM informal learning program to already existing arts and music programming, and to use assessments to better understand what the Cohoes youth are looking for in STEM programming.
Making Summer Meals Fun, Engaging and Educationally Impactful! Build and strengthen collaborations between summer meals sites and local youth programming organizations to increase access to food over the summer and decrease summer learning loss. Partner: United Way (in collaboration with SICM, CAPTAIN and Hunger Solutions NY)
Living Museum Project
This interdisciplinary project used theater, dramaturgy, visual arts, and virtual reality to explore and interpret a unique slice of American history through the lens of Historic Cherry Hill and the van Rensselaer-Rankin family.
SIENA BEVERAGE INSTITUTE
The newly formed Siena College Beverage Institute is a research project that aims to serve the craft beverage community in the Capital Region by providing assistance in marketing, social media, design, photography, video, data tracking, and other areas of interest.