Bio: Chase Randell is an educator, builder, and farmer. His educational foundations are in psychology, history, philosophy, and critical theory. After traveling internationally, teaching at Skidmore College, in Vietnam, and at various schools in the Catskill region of New York, he developed a philosophy of social justice education that also incorporates environmental activism. This philosophy aims to help students understand their own needs and foster the habits and social structures to meet those needs directly. Chase formalized this theory of education while completing his Masters degree in Humanistic Multicultural Education at SUNY New Paltz. He is currently the program director of an educational non-profit he co-founded called The Underground Center. The goal of the UGC is to develop an alternative to both the for profit business and hierarchical, money oriented non profit models of sustainability movements, environmental education and land development. The UGC instead models a multi-racial workers movement, bottom up approach to social change. This involves training young folks to meet needs directly through cooperation while nourishing that land and encourages those who have to share in non-transactional concrete ways. Chase has spent the last ten years putting these ideas and theories into practice while community organizing in the Hudson Valley. He has designed and constructed multiple naturally built, off-grid structures and helped develop a cooperative of local community gardens. Chase has taught methods of building off-grid infrastructure and food growing techniques to local youth, and led many public forums about the interconnection between social justice and environmentalism.In addition to serving as program director at The Underground Center, Chase also works at the Boys & Girls Club in Saugerties, New York, teaching young people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds about soil building, creating off-grid systems and Ghanaian drumming.
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