The CCC Fellowship Program allows the CCC to support innovative projects and put our practice into action. For emerging leaders in the field, the program provides opportunities for mentorship, networking and financial funding support. But most importantly, the Fellowship Program gives each of us– students, faculty, and experienced practitioners– a chance to reflect critically upon the practice of collaborative conservation and our personal impact working in this field.
On May 10, 2022, Fellows from Cohorts 11 and 12 were able to do exactly that during their Fellows Training Retreat at the beautiful Phantom Canyon Preserve. The four Fellows, alongside CCC Executive Director John Sanderson, CCC Assistant Director of Learning Allison Brody, and CPAM Co-Director Jim Barbarak, spent the day identifying and discussing some of the processes required to successfully perform collaborative conservation as well as some of the values implicit in this field of work.
Over the course of the next year, the CCC Fellows plan to develop procedures to collect case studies that give voice to our partnering communities. We will also be working with local people and organizations to build a toolkit for engaging with marginalized communities.
As one Fellow put it, the retreat provided a “nice balance between deep thinking and collaborative planning… having time to spend getting to know each other meaningfully and being in the outdoors.”
Written by Allison Brody, CCC Assistant Director of Learning