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Environmental Justice Essay Collection

These essays were submitted by faculty in preparation for the InTeGrate Environmental Justice workshop in April 2013.


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Environmental Justice – When Is it Absent?
DIANE BERES, Ripon College
DIANE BERES, , Ripon College The course in which my teaching of environmental justice occurs is "Introduction to Environmental Studies." It is primarily taken as an intro to the major or to fulfill a ...

Incorporating Environmental Justice as Part of a Holistic Approach to Environmental Science Courses
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
Mike Phillips, , Illinois Valley Community College At the beginning of my professional career, I worked for an environmental consulting firm investigating hazardous waste sites throughout the Midwest. I ...

Environmental Justice: making students comfortable about the uncomfortable
April Baptiste, Colgate University
April Baptiste, , Colgate University I was first exposed to the concept of social justice as a teaching assistant during graduate school. This course exposed me to concepts of social justice and its relation to ...

A Philosophy for Teaching and Living in a Just Environment
Paul Jeffries, Ripon College
Paul Jeffries, Philosophy Department/Environmental Studies Program, Ripon College, March 2013 My approach to teaching about environmental justice is, in large part, affected by the context in which I teach. Ripon ...

Finding the Origin of Environmental Injustice in a Broad Social and Historical Context
Josefina Li, Bemidji State University
Josefina Li, , Bemidji State University I have just begun my teaching career at Bemidji State University as a Ph.d candidate from the University of Missouri- Kansas City. In Kansas City, the economic department ...

The Uneven Burden of Risk: My Approach to Teaching Environmental Justice
Anna Versluis, Gustavus Adolphus College
Anna Versluis, , Gustavus Adolphus College I address environmental justice in the 200-level Nature and Society course that I teach annually at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. This course is required ...

Crossing Disciplinary and Movement Divides: Towards an Integrated Environmental Justice Pedagogy
Bhavna Shamasunder, Occidental College
Bhavna Shamasunder, Occidental College, Urban and Environmental Policy Department, March 2013 As an undergraduate, I majored in Biology and Ethnic Studies. As I progressed in my biology degree, I began to loathe ...

Engaging Students in Research-Led Learning on Environmental Justice
Sya Kedzior, Towson University
Sya Buryn Kedzior, Towson University I prefer to teach and learn about environmental justice by having students engage in active research in the local community. By doing research, collecting and analyzing data, ...

Creating Empathy for People in Difficult Environmental Situations
Angie Gumm, Friends University
Angie Gumm, Friends University As an adjunct, I have had a limited opportunity so far to teach classes with a large environmental justice emphasis. The biggest opportunity was at Iowa State University, teaching ...

"I don't know what I don't know"
terri plake, Northwest Indian College
Terri Plake, , Northwest Indian College "I don't know what I don't know," is often on my mind as I teach students at the tribal college in the Pacific Northwest. I believe that I learn as much ...



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