Education, Content and Activism
Environmental Justice and Racial Equity 8-Part Course
Join us for any or all of the sessions within our Environmental Justice and Racial Equity 8-Part Course! This course dives deep into the topic of racial equity, specifically in its inextricable relation to environmental justice. The course will be moderated by our organizational coordinator. The content for each part of the course will be released at the beginning of the week, and optional, suggested discussion groups will be held towards the end of the week to discuss it. The plan for the course sessions are as follows:
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND RACIAL EQUITY 8-PART COURSE PLAN:
Part One: Introductory simulation- Environmental Justice Through A Racial Equity Lens Simulation- June 22-26
Access Recording and Presentation HERE
Part Two: Public Health- June 29-July 3: Register HERE
Part Three: Social and Environmental Policy (inequities within climate policy, etc.) July 6-10
Part Four: Generational Trauma: July 13-17
- Economic disadvantage
2. Lack of reactive, strategic and essential diversity
3. Lack of representation and visibility
Part Five: Policy Change- Committee Formation, Legislation, Existing and Necessary Work to Counteract Racial Disparities: July 20-24
Part Six: Creating Cultural Competent Spaces for Conversation Around Racial Equity: July 27-31
Part Seven: Political Action on Environmental Racism: August 10-14
Part Eight: Toolkit for Racial Equity and Environmental Justice: August 17-21
Part One: Environmental Justice Through A Racial Equity Lens is an interactive simulation with player cards that give each person an identity, family and circumstances. The simulation covers global warming, the effect of climate disasters on minority and indigenous communities, housing, different aspects of generational trauma, breaking down bias, redefining representation and visibility, reactive, strategic and essential diversity, and more.
Part Two: Public Health dives deep into the racial disparities within public health, the healthcare system, and specifically as they are related to environmental racism. Part two is a zoom call where content will be presented in storytelling format, a collage-like compilation of smaller videos, images, art, news articles and slides, with the purpose of weaving together smaller narratives to reveal a larger story which represents a larger, often unseen and unjust systemic order. We conclude with a powerful activity and discussion in which individuals are invited to move beyond their indoctrination within these systems, and instead invoke their imagination to design solutions on all fronts- artistic, scientific, historical, medical, etc.- that carry the potential for a systemic shift in public health.
Part Three: Social and Environmental Policy dives into a history of policies on the social justice and environmental justice front since the Industrial Revolution. How have these policies shaped our understanding today of what a successful economy, society, nation and world should look like? Viewers discuss at the discussion group session, sharing not only reactions but also generating ideas as to how we each can influence this vision.