Swetland Center Welcomes Graduate Assistant Regan Gee

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The Swetland Center center is pleased to share that Regan Gee has joined our center as a graduate assistant working with Dr. Yamoah on the Emergency Food Assistance and Food Security Program. Learn more about Regan below!


What project will you be working on and what is your role?
I will be working as a Graduate Research Assistant on the Emergency Food Assistance and Food Security Program.

Where are you from? 
Flagstaff, Arizona!

What is your background in? 
My academic background is in anthropology, so I mainly have qualitative research experience. For my Ph.D. I'll be specifically utilizing a strengths-based framework, historical trauma theory, and decolonizing research theory. I've also worked as a teacher at the K-8 level, both in the UK and on the Navajo Reservation, and assisted with curriculum and program development.

What excites you about joining the Swetland Center? 
I am very excited to work on a project focused on food security! Since working on the Navajo Reservation, and witnessing the importance of food banks in the lives of my students and coworkers, I feel very strongly about their importance as community resources. In addition, I am looking forward to gaining research experience and learning from the other research teams here at the Center!

What is your favorite outdoor space in Cleveland or a place you want to explore? 
My go-to spot is the Lakeview Cemetery, but I love to hike and run so please feel free to send me recommendations:)

What is a piece of advice you have been given or a quote/statement that is significant to you?
One of my favorite quotes is by the author Jeff Brown, who wrote "The open-hearted will inherit the earth".