Initial Publication Date: February 26, 2016

Connecting Science to Issues of Justice in your Course Webinar

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Interdisciplinary Teaching: Building Sustainability into your Non-Science Class
Wednesday, March 9
1:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Mountain | 3:00 pm Central | 4:00 pm Eastern

Thursday, February 25, 2016

12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern
Presenters: Diane Doser (University of Texas at El Paso), Jill Schneiderman (Vassar College), Meg Stewart (Bronx Alliance Middle School), Joshua Villalobos (El Paso Community College)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from geoscience faculty who connect learning about the Earth to issues of environmental justice in their courses (more information on teaching environmental justice). Jill Schneiderman, Meg Stewart and Josh Villalobos are authors of the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources module and will talk about the thinking behind the module and how it plays out in their courses. Diane Doser and Josh Villalobos are leaders of an El Paso InTeGrate Implementation Program that works extensively with Hispanic students. They will talk about how issues of justice are important in this work and the role of the InTeGrate materials in supporting their efforts. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentation and 25 minutes for discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences connecting science to issues of justice.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have

  • a new understanding of the relationship between Earth education and issues of justice
  • new models for teaching about environmental justice
  • be familiar with InTeGrate teaching principles and resources
  • new colleagues engaged in this work


Time - 12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. To join the webinar, please visit: and follow the prompts.
Registration for this webinar is closed.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Monica Bruckner (mbruckne AT if you have any questions about this event.


Jill Schneiderman, Earth Science and Geography, Vassar College
Meg Stewart, Bronx Alliance Middle School
Joshua Villalobos, Geological Sciences, El Paso Community College
Diane Doser, Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso.


1) Welcome and introductory remarks- Cathy Manduca, InTeGrate PI

2) Linking Justice and the Earth (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 15.4MB Feb24 16) - Jill Schneiderman

3) The Geospatial Elements of teaching Environmental Justice (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.7MB Feb25 16) - Meg Stewart

Q and A

4) Creating Local Relevance with Environmental Justice (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.8MB Feb24 16) - Josh Villalobos

5) Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources in a Large Classroom (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 352kB Feb25 16) - Diane Doser

Q and A

6) Reflection by Participants

Given the ideas and examples that have been presented, and your own teaching goals and experiences : how would you move forward in strengthening the connections between science and justice in your courses? After reflecting for a moment, please use the chat to share something about where you are in your teaching, how you would move forward, and why this is a strong move. You can also enter questions for discussion into the chat at this time.

7) Synthetic Remarks

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources Interest Group.

8) Opportunities for Further Interaction - Cathy Manduca

9) Webinar Evaluation

Watch the Webinar Screencast (MP4 Video 640.8MB Feb25 16)


  • Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources module, from InTeGrate. This module enables 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."
  • Environmental justice in the context of sustainability, including pedagogic guidance, effective strategies to incorporate it into the classroom and across disciplines, and collections of teaching resources, such as example activities, course descriptions, case studies, and essays.
  • What we mean by environmental justice and how it relates to sustainability.
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