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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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A Science Writing Seminar on Geology and Justice
Jill Schneiderman, Vassar College
Jill S. Schneiderman, , Vassar College I taught my first multidisciplinary "Earth System and Environmental Justice" course in 1997 after winning a National Science Foundation Curriculum Development Grant ...

History, Privilege, and Disproportional Environmental Burdens
Christopher Wells, Macalester College
Christopher Wells, , Macalester College My course, Environmental Justice, is cross-listed among the departments of Environmental Studies, History, and American Studies, and focuses on a few key themes and ...

Utilizing Environmental Science Towards a Better Understanding of Environmental Justice
Nathan Cahoone, Trinidad State Junior College
Nathan Cahoone, , Trinidad State Junior College This essay is designed to link two major concepts in a study of Environmental Science and Environmental Justice. As an instructor who has taught primarily Biology ...

Transfering Observations into Reserach: Looking at the Student Perspective
Hayley Smith, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Hayley Joyell Smith, , North Carolina State University at Raleigh Incorporating environmental justice into a classroom presents a rich opportunity to illustrate how geoscience can solve one of the world's ...

Gender and Service Learning in Environmental Justice
Barbara Whitten, Colorado College
Barbara Whitten, , Colorado College I am very interested in teaching environmental justice, and work to incorporate it into most of the Environmental and Feminist and Gender Studies classes I teach. I've been ...

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 ...

Environmental Justice as a Strategy for Student Engagement
Julie Maxson, Metropolitan State University
Julie Maxson, , Metropolitan State University During the past six years, I have taught introductory Environmental Science at an urban public university in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Metropolitan State University was ...



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