Getting Started in Environmental Justice Curriculum: Bridging Disciplines and Community
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Sarah K. Fortner, Associate Professor of Geology and Director of Environmental Science, Wittenberg University
Nancy McHugh, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Wittenberg University
Environmental injustice amplifies inequities already faced by communities of color and low-income communities. Geoscientists must engage communities to support just, equitable outcomes, especially on issues like climate change and environmental pollution. They can best do so by embedding conceptions of justice within methodology and projects. We discuss strategies for engaging students in environmental justice to encourage embedding conceptions of justice in their research questions and activities, increasing their effectiveness in working with and through communities. We describe opportunities to expand student perspective-taking and cross-disciplinary understanding through collaborating. We provide examples of environmental justice network building that co-advance student and community outcomes.
- Introduce the core skills and habits needed for environmental justice work
- Explore examples of partnering to tackle environmental injustice
- Identify opportunities to incorporate perspectives or build problem-solving capabilities by collaborating across disciplines
- Consider how empowering your students with what they need to tackle environmental injustice makes your teaching more equitable and inclusive
- Getting Started in Environmental Justice Curriculum Webinar Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 29.9MB Dec4 19)
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- Metal Redlining Network
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- Environmental Justice Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 714kB Dec5 19)