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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Creating Empathy for People in Difficult Environmental Situations
Angie Gumm, St. Mary's Parish Catholic School
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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Using GIS to investigate Environmental Justice
Abu Badruddin, Cayuga County Community College
Abu Badruddin, , Cayuga County Community College I have been teaching GIS and remote sensing courses with the inception of our GIS program. I always intended to bring students to my GIS classes from across the ...

Some of us are more "in it" than others
Deborah Jackson, Earlham College
Deborah Jackson, , Earlham College In Southwestern Ontario, just across the St. Clair River from Michigan's "Thumb," is the largest concentration of petrochemical plants, refineries, and related ...

Cultivating Action: Environmental Justice in the Environmental Science Classroom
Kate Darby, Western Washington University
Kate Darby, , Allegheny College Too often, environmental studies/science courses and students begin with the presumption of a people-free environment. When I ask students in a lower-division environmental science ...

Close Reading--and Close Writing--Environmental Justice
Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College
Amanda Hagood, Hendrix College Close Reading—and Close Writing—Environmental Justice As an English teacher equally concerned about the health of our global ecosystem and committed to the concept of ...

Teaching Environmental Justice with Rhetorical Theory: Ecofeminist Wayfinding, Emplacement, and Agency
Lisa Phillips, Texas Tech University
Lisa L. Phillips, , Illinois State University Thus far I have experienced environmental justice pedagogy as a student more than as a teacher. As a graduate student in English Studies with a focus on rhetorical ...

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 ...

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 ...