We each come from different fields of study, with different passions and extracurricular experiences, yet we are united by a shared goal of encouraging food security and community wellbeing. Our diverse backgrounds and skill sets allow us to combine our unique perspectives to generate creative and holistic solutions to real-world issues.
Through our collaboration with members of the Woburn community, we have seen firsthand the powerful impact that can be made when a diverse group of people come together to pursue social change.
We are Team Knitters, a group of students part of York University’s Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom (C4). We are collaborating with the Woburn community to create a seed library for the Woburn community. The purpose of our project is to provide community members with access to free seeds, with the goal of creating a healthy and affordable food option for the community, promoting at-home growing, and enhancing community involvement in the processes of food growth and sustainability.
Oreoluwa Ogunlude is a Specialized Honours Computer Science student who is passionate about photography and web development. He joined this project to challenge his web development skills, and throughout the experience of being a project manager, he has developed his skills to help plan, organize and direct the completion of the team’s project within a limited time, scope, and budget.
Shyamaly Vasuthevan is a Specialized Honours Psychology student with a BSc in Biomedical Science. She is interested in studying the intersections of systemic inequalities and day-to-day living – especially in the field of psychology. She joined this project to put her talents to good use in the real world. Over the course of this project, she has greatly developed her skills as a project manager, and has transformed ideas into reality.
Julie Lewczuk is an Honours Biology major who is excited to learn more about ecology and biodiversity. Julie joined this project to collaborate with other students across the university and to work on a project that would create social change.
Nasser Abdelkarim is an international Biomedical Science student who is passionate about stem cell research and the world of genetics. He joined this project to get experience working with students from other faculties, and to increase his breadth of experience by working on something meaningful that does not only revolve around science, his typical area of study.
Taylor Cargill is an Honours Biology student who is pursuing a career in molecular genetics and is enthusiastic about gardening and sustainability. Taylor cares a lot about helping create a resilient food system, and she joined this project to help implement sustainable solutions in local communities.
Marissa Myhre is a Space Engineering major who is committed to working towards finding creative solutions for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She joined this project to have the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary team members from other majors on a project that will have a long legacy.
Lauren Rudolph is a Psychology student who is focusing her degree in health science disciplines. She is passionate about innovating creative ways to address complex issues, and helping people improve their health and wellbeing. Lauren joined this project to gain real-world experience, collaborate with a diverse team, and implement and expand her skillset to help communities thrive. She is excited to be making a real-world difference.