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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: 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, , Ripon College A Philosophy for Teaching and Living in a Just Environment Paul F. Jeffries Philosophy Department/Environmental Studies Program Ripon College March 2013 My approach to teaching about ...

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 ...

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" region, is the largest concentration of petrochemical plants, refineries, and ...

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 Bhavna Shamasunder Occidental College Urban and Environmental Policy Department March 2013 Crossing Disciplinary and Movement Divides: Towards an Integrated Environmental ...

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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