Thesis Summary: Racial Diversity in Public Garden Leadership

As the Longwood Fellows wrap up their theses and prepare for their defenses, they will be sharing their research and findings in a series of blog posts. First up, is Tracy Qiu and her thesis: Racial Diversity in Public Garden Leadership.

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Tracy first became interested in racial diversity and public gardens during her time at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. Her final project consisted of case studies of public gardens engaging ethnically diverse audiences. Her findings emphasized the importance of building trusting relationships between gardens and community groups, but noticed that this could be a challenge without diverse representation in public garden staffing and leadership.

Her master’s thesis focuses on racial diversity from the top down by interviewing people of color who are also public garden leaders. Her research uses qualitative methodology and narrative inquiry to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences, pipelines, barriers, and opportunities for people of color with leadership roles in public horticulture.

Join the Fellows as they present their theses on May 26th, 10:00 AM at 132 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. RSVP at our Eventbrite link!

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