John Bergen

John Bergen

I grew up in North Newton, Kansas (if you don't know the state, its right near the middle), and after graduating high school spent a year living and working in various communities including south-side Chicago, rural Georgia, San Antonio, Texas, and northern Minnesota, doing everything from farming to refugee case management. I now attend Oberlin College, and am a double major in Religion and Environmental Studies. For the last year and a half, I have worked as a Peace & Justice Intern at Peace Community Church, building bridges between social justice groups on campus and in the community. I got involved with the Oberlin Project through my work at Peace Church, and will be working for January (and hopefully longer!) on Community Engagement, helping to organize Community Conversations with people from different parts of Oberlin. After graduation, I hope to continue to work on issues of sustainable rural development while pursuing further study in religion.

Oberlin Project Community Conversations Translate Into Next Steps

Posted by John Bergen on March 28, 2013 in Community Voices

For the last few months, members of the Oberlin Project Community Engagement Team have been engaged in Community Conversations, chances for Oberlin residents to meet together and discuss what they would like to see for the future of Oberlin. These Community Conversations were held from October through early February, and involved over 120 members of the Oberlin community from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Conversations covered topics such as improving our downtown, creating opportunities for youth and seniors, and expanding city recycling. Many Oberlin residents expressed a commitment to working harder on sustainability; one participant commented on an evaluation form, “I can dig in my heels a little deeper. I am part of the solution.”

The Oberlin Project is a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and other local partners to improve the sustainability, resilience, and prosperity of our community. It supports the goals of the City and College to create a climate-positive community by 2050.

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John Bergen
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