Connecting Science to Issues of Sustainability and Environmental Justice
This workshop will focus on ways to introduce the concept of Environmental Justice (EJ) into introductory Earth Science classes. Participants will walk through activities presented in the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources InTeGraTe module as well as other activities utilized at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas at El Paso. The InTeGraTe module activities enable students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. This is accomplished by framing the water science within theories of environmental justice defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies."
Introductory Earth Science Instructors at all educational levels
During the workshop and associated Rendezvous opportunities, each participant will:
- Understand the concept of EJ and how it can be woven into introductory Earth Science courses
- Develop an activity that frames EJ and an Earth Science topic that utilizes their community
- Be able to navigate the various aspects and components of an InTeGraTe teaching module
The workshop will consist of short presentations, open discussion, and group hands on activities. Personal laptops are highly recommended for this workshop.
See the Program Page for a detailed schedule of daily events.