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Curriculum Development Workshop

June 17, 2019

Santa Clara University

St. Ignatius Statue with the Mission Church. Photo by Joanne Lee.

Santa Clara University’s Center for Sustainability will host this workshop on how to teach about sustainability in any discipline. The workshop is for faculty members from SCU and other universities who are planning to include a module on sustainability in an existing course or to develop a new course focused entirely on sustainability.  SCU is a national Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum affiliated with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Agenda: The workshop will help participants draw inspiration from multiple visions of sustainability, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, academic associations in their field, and their schools’ mission. (A breakout session for faculty members from Jesuit institutions will draw links to Ignatian pedagogy and Catholic social teaching on sustainability and justice.) We will explore how to use the campus as a living lab for experiential and project-based learning about sustainability, as well as options for community-based learning.  Exercises will help faculty to begin drafting their learning goals, focal questions, and activities. Participants will leave with resources on designing sustainability curriculum and assignments in all fields.

Deadline: Applications are due by April 5, 2019. Applicants will be notified about acceptance by April 12, 2019.

Date and location: The workshop will be held from 8:30am-5:30pm on Monday, June 17 at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.

Cost: $100 for non-SCU participants, which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a happy hour.  Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Facilitators: The workshop will be taught by SCU faculty members Chad Raphael (Professor and former Chair, Department of Communication) and Leslie Gray (Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences), and Director of SCU’s Center for Sustainability, Lindsey Kalkbrenner.

Chad and Leslie have over 40 years combined experience in teaching, leading undergraduate research projects, and designing campus-based and community-based learning about sustainability.  Under Lindsey’s leadership of initiatives across campus operations, education, and community outreach, SCU has earned top rankings for sustainability from AASHE, the Princeton Review, and the Sierra Club.

Contact: Please contact sustainability@scu.edu with any questions.

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