Gonzales, associate professor of development sociology, took sabbatical leave from Cornell this year to participate in a 30-day, 1,539-mile bicycle ride from Bellingham, Wash., to Ventura, Calif., to support Arizona’s Hopi seeking treatment who must travel more than 550 round-trip miles from the reservation to Phoenix or another city. Travel is not covered by health insurance.
“I’m raising funds for this community because of the research I do there as well as the fact that I’m a community member,” she told the Cornell Chronicle. “Engaged research ties together the land-grant mission of Cornell and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and it’s very exciting to see its impact on Hopi people.”
Visit Angela Bikes 4 Hopi for the story of her bike ride, which ended Oct. 23 and has so far raised more than $10,000. Visit the site to contribute and to learn about Gonzales’ research with the Hopi Nation.