The Medgar Evers College Collaborative Research Project focuses on higher education spaces outside the classroom and on data collected via field research. The project explores how the design of informal learning environments can support peer-to-peer mentorship and collaboration; ways of using social science methods to better understand how these spaces can contribute to student engagement; and how such spaces contribute to advancing common goals of the campus community.

To link physical spaces and social transformation, the research team is taking several steps, including engaging students as researchers, undertaking ethnographic fieldwork, and making impact evaluations of the physical and procedural changes to the space associated with the study.


AIANY Vice President’s Citation for Design Excellence

CUNY Interdisciplinary Research Grant Winners


Interiors + Sources, “Data, Design & Diversity: Informal Spaces and Social Inclusion on an Urban Campus”