My name is Rania. I am the mother of the above two girls (10 and 6 years old) living in Albany, CA. I’m an urban planner and I am going to graduate school to pursue a career in the field of Urban Agriculture.
What am I doing?
I’m pursuing my Master of Arts in Urban Affairs at the University of San Francisco. My focus is on Urban Agriculture, Food Policy and Sustainable Communities. Urban Agriculture is an opportunity for communities to be self-sustained. However, on the policy level, urban agriculture is not yet at play. Through my research, I aim to re-envision how urban agriculture can help underserved and poor communities sustain access to healthy food and at the same time solve broader community issues (i.e. homelessness, poverty and malnutrition).
Through my research projects, I have analyzed global and local urban processes in an effort to develop socially just urban agriculture policies. I think current food system policies are not effective on the grassroots level and do not help poor urbanites find access to local food. As an urban planner by profession, I believe that working on the urban planning level is fundamental for communities to flourish. By pursuing my professional Master of Arts degree, I aim to find the connection between policymaking and implementation processes in Urban Agriculture to make a difference in people’s lives. I advocate for sustainable communities with accessibility to locally grown food within a just framework for food system workers.
Why do I need your help?
I managed to pay the tuition fees for my first year of study through scholarships and working part-time. However, while getting a divorce and caring for two kids, I have experienced a challenge in being able to pay for my second year of graduate school (2[phone redacted]). As I have been extensively involved in serving my community, I know how the community's support may help. I’m optimistically seeking your help in collecting the missing amount to pay my tuition fees.
Thank you in advance; your contribution is much appreciated.
Please contact me if you have any questions!
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