Curtis held the joint Thomas W. Haas Professorship with Karen Spiller until June 2019. His primary responsibility as a Haas professor was to connect the community-engaged, transdisciplinary work of Food Solutions New England (FSNE), and, in particular, its racial equity work, to students, faculty, and staff at UNH through lectures, workshops, and collaborative scholarship. The Haas Professorship was established to deepen the ties between UNH and the New England food system; by serving as a “Professors of Practice”, Curtis will bring unique community and practitioner perspectives into the UNH sustainable learning community.
Curtis has served as Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change since 2005 and brings his experience in education, community building, leadership development, and program design, as well as an abiding passion for work at the intersection of racial justice and environmental sustainability. For the past several years he has built a robust practice in support of numerous multi-stakeholder collaborative change networks, including Food Solutions New England; Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability; Cancer Free Economy Network; Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network; Vermont Farm to Plate Network; Connecticut Right From the Start; and the Education Justice Network. He is a recognized thought leader in network development and social change, and has presented numerous webinars and keynote speeches and is a regular contributor to the IISC blog on this and other related topics. He is co-author of “Equity as Common Cause: How a Sustainable Food System Network is Cultivating Commitment to Racial Justice” (Othering and Belonging Journal, April 28, 2017), co-designer and facilitator of the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for food system advocates and was featured in the Getting Smart Podcast on “How Networks Make the World Better.”
In addition to his work at IISC, Curtis is an Advisory Board member to EmbraceRace, a community dedicated to discussing and sharing best practices for raising and caring for children in the context of race, and a member of the Research Alliance for Regenerative Economics (RARE).