Join us for the Sustainability Education Collective Conference Series, a three-day conference and workshop series that recognizes the link between the climate crisis and institutional racism to explore the systematic ways that education connects local issues to global environmental sustainability. This event will engage a diverse community of sustainability education researchers, educators, nongovernmental organization experts, and learners in identifying solutions to the current crises across multiple scales and methodologies. This hybrid conference and workshop series focuses specifically on sustainability education as a way to advance equity and justice in research and public education.
Thursday, June 22, 2023: Environmental Justice in the United States: Sustainability Education and Social Movements in the U.S.
Detailed Agenda 8:15 Registration and Coffee (in-person participants) Room 4035, Campus Instructional Facility, 1405 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana 8:30 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Robert J. Jones, Chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dr. Chrystalla Mouza, College of Education Dean 9:00 Panel: Coalition Building Across and Through Social Movements Dr. Fikile Nxumalo, University of Toronto Dr. Asif Wilson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dr. Jennifer Johnson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Ms. Kim Wasserman, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization 10:30 Workshop: Justice-Centered Education: Mapping the Intersections of Climate, Race, and Justice Dr. Fernando Sánchez, University of Montana Ms. Nicole DelMastro-Jeffery, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and White House Intern Ms. Wendy Dorman, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Ms. Kira Dolley, Columbus Public Schools 12:00 Lunch & Keynote: Dr. Carolyn Finney Author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors 1:30 Local Tour (on-site participants only): The Pollinatarium *Please plan to carpool or bike to the Pollinatarium
Thursday, August 17, 2023: Sustainability Education, the Global South, and Social Justice
Detailed Agenda Agenda 8:15 Registration and Coffee (in-person participants) Room 4035, Campus Instructional Facility, 1405 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana 8:30 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Madhu Khanna, Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment, UIUC 9:00 Workshop 1: Place-Based and Participatory Approaches to Sustainability Education and Evaluation in the Global South Dr. Sirkka Tshiningayamwe, University of Namibia Dr. Christina Ting Kwauk, Kwauk & Associates, Unbounded Associates Mr. Khalil Bitar, Wyss Academy for Nature, University of Bern & Co-Founder and former Chair of EvalYouth Global Network 10:30 Workshop 2: Global and Social Representations of Climate Change and Resiliency Education Dr. Rosa Guadalupe Mendoza Zuany, Universidad Veracruzana Mr. Michael Fernández-Frey, Caras Con Causa Ms. Joan Namaggwa, Rise Up Climate Movement, Uganda Ms. Clare Nassanga, Rise Up Climate Movement, Uganda 12:00 Lunch & Keynote: Dr. Angelique V. Nixon, University of the West Indies, Institute for Gender and Development Studies 1:30 Local Tours (on-site participants only): Red Oak Rain Garden
Friday, September 15, 2023: Resisting Climate Change and Injustice with Sustainability Education in Colleges of Education
Agenda Program 8:00 Registration and Coffee (in-person participants) Room 314AB, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana 8:30 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Sarah McCarthey, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Education, UIUC Dr. Yoon Pak, Department Head, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, College of Education, UIUC 9:00 Keynote: Dr. Oren Pizmony-Levy, Teachers College, Columbia University 10:00 Panel: The Future of Public Sustainability Education: Teacher Education and Learning Across the Lifespan Dr. Asli Sezen-Barrie, University of Maine, National Science Foundation Dr. Alberto Arenas, University of Arizona, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Environmental Education Dr. Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota Dr. Elin Kelsey, author of Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis 11:45 Lunch & Closing Address: Dr. Megan Bang, Northwestern University 12:45 Sustainability Education Collective Working Group 2:00 Local Tour (on-site participants only): Solar Farm 2.0 tour
Registration for this hybrid conference and workshop series is free.
Space is limited for in-person participants. The majority of participants and presenters will engage online via Zoom.
This conference is made possible (in part) by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.
Conference Sponsors: College of Education, Institute for Sustainability, Energy & Environment, and the Forum on the Future of Public Education.