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Jean Yang Named SUNY Civic Education and Engagement and Civil Discourse Fellows

Syracuse, NY – April 19, 2024 – Assistant Professor Jean Yang at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has been selected as one of 10 Civic Education and Engagement and Civil Discourse Fellows within the SUNY system.

Jean YangJoining ESF’s Department of Landscape Architecture in Fall 2023, Yang is a landscape designer, urban planner, and educator with a focus on design-driven, equity-focused, and benefits-based landscapes.

Her portfolio includes analysis, design, and advocacy for public spaces in historically marginalized areas. Prior to ESF, she served as a senior associate at Studio-MLA and taught at UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and the University of Oregon as a Spatial Justice Fellow. Yang's accolades include the Azure Award for Urban Design Vision, the Southern California ASLA Merit Award, and the National ASLA Honor Award.

The Fellows aim to bolster SUNY’s dedication to civic engagement as a fundamental aspect of higher education, fostering civil discourse among students, faculty, and staff across campus communities.

The Fellows will:

  • Foster the development of and facilitate a faculty/staff Community of Practice focused on civic education and engagement.
  • Gather and amplify resources for faculty to use when developing content for SUNY’s new U.S. History and Civic Engagement general education requirement.
  • Develop and co-lead a learning convening in Fall 2024 to showcase SUNY activities, including highlighting intersections between civic education and engagement and other topics like sustainability.
  • Help inform a civic education and engagement strategic plan while assisting in the identification of data needs and data gathering.
  • Coordinate with campus Student Government representatives on civic education and engagement matters.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.