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Welcome to NR 6 Race and Culture in Natural Resources

Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources
Fall 2016



This website provides resources, including the class schedule, reading assignments, homework assignments, and supplementary information, to help you succeed in the course.



We meet: 11:40 - 12:55, Tuesdays, September 6 - November 15 in  Marsh Life Sciences 235 and Thursdays, September 8 - November 17 in section rooms listed below:

Discussion Section Rooms by Facilitator (for most, your first-year adviser):




Tony D'Amato
Amanda Strickland
Aiken 202
Clare Ginger
Votey 223
Gary Hawley
Bill Valliere
L/L-D D107
Zac Ispa-Landa
(with McDonald)
Rowell 110
Dave Kaufman
Margaret Burke
Perkins 200
Michael McDonald
(with Ispa-Landa)
Rowell 110
Trish O'Kane
Rowell 115
Eric Roy
Anna Smiles-Becker
Cook A402
Marie Vea-Fagnant
Elizabeth Perry
Rowell 102
Deane Wang
Jonathan Tollefson
Perkins 300






Lead Instructor: Professor Clare Ginger
Teaching Assistant: Amanda Strickland





Race and Culture in Natural Resources introduces first-year students to selected issues of race and culture and their relevance to society, natural resources, and the environment. We encourage students to be candidly self-reflective about how they perceive these issues.

We alternate between plenary sessions on Tuesdays with guest speakers or videos and small-group discussion sections on Thursdays led by members of The Rubenstein School faculty, staff, and graduate student community. Their role is to facilitate discussion of issues.

Guest speakers and videos explore topics such as concepts of cultural competency, race, racism, and culture; cultural perspectives on environmental issues; environmental justice, the under-representation of people of color in traditional environmental groups; and their role in the environmental justice movement. We examine issues of identity, privilege, and oppression and consider their relevance to fields of study in The Rubenstein School. Students write reflective papers and an autobiographical essay, and they develop individual plans for next steps to make positive contributions with respect to the issues we explore.

Course Purposes

  • To provide students with opportunities and encouragement to become more conscious of and reflective about their identity vis a vis race and ethnicity and their experiences with racism in the United States.
  • To provide students with an introductory understanding of how dynamics of racism (prejudice plus power) are relevant to the field of environment and natural resources.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to get to know and interact with their advisers in a small group.

Rubenstein School Commitment to Diversity

Instructor Resources


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