A student profile of Alex Severino

I am using the narrative approach to explore educators’ and students’ experiences in urban environmental education programs along the Bronx River. These narratives may be used in an e-book in the future. Here I would like to share the first edited narrative story about Alex Severino’s experiences.

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Alex Severino was a student in the On-Water program at Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, New York City. Now she works in this organization as a program assistant. Rocking the Boat has helped her to discover the environment, rivers, and animals in this borough. Alex’s story tells about her experiences on the Bronx River, how she perceives the Bronx, and how she shares her experiences with others.

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Sweep-oar rowing on the Hudson

To wrap up the EcoLeaders summer environmental education program, Carol Kennedy from the Satellite Academy High School in the Bronx brings her students to the Newburgh Rowing club. A two-hour ride on a train and on a ferry across the Hudson River takes you to the historic town of Newburgh, a place very different from New York City. The urban students learned to use sweep-oar boats and rowed along with more experienced students from the Newburgh Rowing club.

High above the Bronx River

It was going to be a regular day: I had to administer the post-program sense of place survey with the Bronx International students taught by Chrissy Word at Rocking the Boat. We got on boats and rowed from Rocking the Boat to the Concrete Plant park in the South Bronx. Then something extraordinary happened, and I had a chance to take the bird’s eye photos of the Bronx River and students on boats.

The majority of Chrissy’s students speak only Spanish or French. Thanks Cornell University for teaching me these languages, which has enabled me to conduct research and have fun with these young people in the Bronx.

Education about oysters

Elizabeth “Alex” Severino, Rocking the Boat, shares her experience of educating people about oysters in the Bronx River, New York. This video is created for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, which organizes a workshop on the urban environment in Shanghai this fall. Two students and an educator from Rocking the Boat plan to participate in this workshop and present their work on oyster reef restoration. Videography: Alex Kudryavtsev (Cornell University), Narrator: Alex Severino (Rocking the Boat).

Environmental art

I’d like to feature a meaningful piece of art by Alejandra Delfin, a graphic designer at the Point Community Development Corporation in the South Bronx. This work was recently featured on the Just Seeds website. Some students in my research in the South Bronx work with Alejandra.

Alejandra’s profile copied from the Just Seeds website:
“Alejandra Delfin is the founder and executive director of Studio 889, a community printmaking workshop located in the Hunts Point community of the South Bronx. A native of Peru, Delfin studied at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and the Art Students League of New York. In Paris, she trained at the legendary Atelier 17 studio with renowned printmaker Stanley William Hayter, as well as at La Grande Chaumiere and L’École des Beaux Arts, Paris. She moved to the Bronx in 1989. Her work has been exhibited internationally, regionally and in New York City at various galleries and institutions, including BAAD!, the Bronx River Art Center, the Longwood Gallery, the Beacon Artist Union Gallery, the Broom Gallery, the Cinque Gallery, Smith College, the Brecht Forum, Convento de San Francisco Museo De La Nation, and the Aliansa Francesa in Lima, Peru. Delfin is currently a fellow of the Sustainable South Bronx Fabrication Laboratory.”

Scavenger Hunt

Students from the EcoLeaders program (Satellite Academy High School) got out of the Bronx to Governors Island near Manhattan to participate in Scavenger Hunt Exploration. The even was organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Participants explored the island’s ecology, history and geography with challenging clues.


Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty viewed from Governors Island

Oyster garden

Students from the Satellite Academy High School, the Bronx, checking oyster gardens in the Bronx River managed by students at Rocking the Boat.