What academic institutions are a part of CROCUS?
Chicago State University, City Colleges of Chicago, North Carolina A&T State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas – Austin, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Washington University in St. Louis.
What organizations or community partners are a part of CROCUS?
Blacks in Green, Greater Chatham Initiative, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Puerto Rican Agenda.
How will CROCUS gather community input?
In end of the first year of the project, CROCUS will start engaging with citizens and communities and connecting them with researchers. We will rely on communities to provide their on-the-ground experience to help design experiments and understand resulting observations and models, ask the most meaningful questions, critique findings, codesign future scenarios, and help disseminate results. Additionally, there will be frequent community engagement workshops.
How will CROCUS run community meetings?
Our citizen scientists will organize community meetings to share findings. Students and researchers will present the findings so that CROCUS participants and communities can help interpret them and discuss their implications.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science is where the public participates in the scientific process and helps answer real-world questions in their neighborhood. To increase community engagement and strengthen organizational capacity, CROCUS will include a citizen science course on research methods, data collection, and use of data for advocacy. We will enlist citizen scientists from local communities and educational partners to help collect and analyze data, and work with them to communicate the resulting information to communities. These citizen scientists will bridge relations between researchers and community members.
What kind of educational opportunities will CROCUS provide for students?
CROCUS will inspire, train, and mentor current and future climate scientists. Students will be able to participate in research activities, engage in summer internships at partner CROCUS laboratories and communities. We will create teaching modules using CROCUS data to create culturally relevant lessons on real-world issues affecting their communities. There will be professional development opportunities, a career fair and pipeline to graduate programs, postdoctoral fellowships and research staff. CROCUS partners will also work to identify courses and university needs that will benefit from CROCUS and identify/support curricular development to match job demand. CROCUS short-term goals are aligning and prioritizing education and training programs with community and academic partners and developing metrics for assessing impacts. CROCUS long-term goals are to build research capacity for conducting urban climate science at these institutions and assist in developing curricula in the community with minority serving institutions.