My name is Rebecca Ruggieri Shays. I am currently a senior at Syracuse University majoring in Geography with a minor in Music History and Cultures. I am expected to graduate in May 2018 and am looking to work in fields surrounding urban city planning and community development through both a local and human geographical lens.
These concentrations are the main reason why I became interested in working with Community Geography. As both students and civic members of Syracuse, I believe it is our responsibility to understand the ongoing geospatial systems occurring in our city that create the communities we see and live in today. Local mobilization is key to fostering positive change and is a process that, I believe, will benefit both the communities of Syracuse as well as our university as a whole.