Dani Slabaugh

Research Assistant
  • College of Architecture and Planning

I hold a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2020) and a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College (2009). In 2020 I was honored to be nominated by my master’s program faculty as CPP’s LAF Olmsted Scholar. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Planning, Geography and Design at the University of Colorado, Denver. My interests and passions revolve around non-speculative forms of land tenure, social movements, and climate justice. My interests and passions revolve around non-speculative forms of land tenure, social movements, and climate justice. I make every attempt to root my work in anti-racist and anti-colonial accountability, and contribute towards a more just, resilient, and thriving world.

My background includes eight years of on the ground experience as a regenerative design-build landscape contractor in Austin, Texas as well as plenty of community-rooted work teaching about food cultivation, water harvesting and re-use, soil stewardship, and other regenerative techniques to shift our extractive and exploitative relationships with land and people towards reciprocity and liberation. In my free time, I enjoy backpacking with my dog, Nova, participating in local mutual aid efforts, and whenever possible, showing up to participate in social movements building the community power necessary to bring about positive social change.