Prescott College is a liberal arts college in northern Arizona that demonstrates its commitment to social justice through a masters program in Social Justice and Community Organizing, a PhD program in Sustainability Education, the Tucson Changemaker Campus and XITO Institute, and Fanon Community Strategy Center. Prescott College has been MERC’s primary partner since 2004 years in the development of our approach to Collaborative Research and University Student Programs.

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Prescott College students have contributed to research projects designed by Maasai community leadership. In 2005, students and faculty undertook an investigation of the impacts of tourism on environmental conservation and Maasai communities living adjacent to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve (MMGR). “Crisis and Opportunity in Maasailand,” 2005 ; “A Scandal in Maasailand,” 2005

 

 

 

In 2006, the class reconstructed the history of the transfer of the Amboseli National Park from the control of the Kajaido County Council to the National Government. “Land Justice in Amboseli,” 2006

In 2007, a student’s senior project undertook an investigation into a program that purported to rescue Maasai girls from their communities which was funded by an international NGO. “Investigation into Tasaru Ntomonok Rescue Center, 2007”

Between 2008 and 2014, classes researched the history of the loss of Mau Narok under colonial and independence eras, work  that has been instrumental in the community’s fight for recovery of that land. In 2015, the class lived in a Maasai community and produced a report about the need for water to inform the MERC/Rotary Eorr Emayian Water Project that commenced the same year.

 

Classes have also conducted promising research on the loss of Magadi, a soda mine located in Maasailand and alienated during the colonial era, Kinangop, a sacred community water shed, and other land rights claims. They have compiled children’s books and assembled and illustrated a Maasai dictionary, written articles for publication in the Kenyan press and undertaken a fundraising campaign to transport observers to polling stations to support fair elections in Maasailand. See for example “The Impact of Conservancies on Maasai Communities,” 2014.

 

Recently, Prescott College students have welcomed students from Arizona State University and explored synergy between liberal arts and engineering in Maasailand development, while also sharing the classroom with Maasai field guides in training.