The project at the YWCA began in spring 2018, when Prof. David
Teague, associate director of the AAP for Wilmington, organized
community collaborations for students in the leadership class he was
He and his students planted the first garden that semester, arranged
for it to be cared for throughout that summer by AAP faculty and
students, “and kept it going from planting to harvest,” Teague said.
Since then, several leadership and biology classes have worked at the
garden, and women and gender studies’ students have discussed the
social and gender issues faced by families who live at the Home-Life
With McDevit’s “Science on the Scene” (SCEN 105) students this
summer, six classes have now been involved with the project, and there
are more to come.
It’s an ongoing partnership with the YWCA, Teague and
McDevit say, and both plan to continue taking students to the site.
“This is what I consider the gold standard of engaged instruction:
substantive capacity-building for our partner that is directly linked to
material” taught in class, Teague said.
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Evan Krape
Published July 23, 2019