NR 6 Readings
Fall 2013

Aug 30   No class

Sept 3/5   Giller: Generating Change: Why reaching a diverse environmental citzenry is important for the future of the environmental movement
            Find and read news coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. For example, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57599979/march-on-washingtons-50th-anniversary-commemoration-draws-tens-of-thousands/

Suggested reading for discussion on Sep 5 Beginning Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn E. Singleton and Cyndie Hays

Sept 10/12  Hanley: Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Five stages toward cultural competence
              Ukpokodu: Multiculturalism vs Globalism

Sep 17/10  From our guest presenter: In advance of my presentation, I would like you to spend some time exploring the idea of unconscious bias or as some psychologists call them, implicit associations.  Psychologists understand that people may not say what's on their minds either because they are unwilling (conscious) or because they are unable (unconscious) to do so. The below link will connect you to the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The IAT was devised by Anthony G. Greenwald, Mahzarin Banaji and Brian Nosek, and is based on a seemingly obvious but nonetheless quite profound observation that we make connections much more quickly between pairs of ideas that are already related in our minds than we do between pairs of ideas that are unfamiliar to us.

Once you have explored the website and are comfortable with it please take at least two of the tests. One test should be on what I call the softer topics of music, politics, sports teams, etc. One test should be on the more challenging topics of the workshop such as race, religion, orientation, etc. Each session will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Its best if you remove all distractions and give yourself an uninterrupted 15 minutes.

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/
Provided by CI International


Also, please read:

     Taylor: Diversity and the environment: Myth-making and the status of minorities in the field (Introduction)


Sept 24/26  Work on your draft autobiographical essay draft.

Oct 1/3 Materials and websites to review in association with the field trip to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center:
1. Overview of Field Trip. Also, we will distribute a guide for our field trip as you enter ECHO on Tue morning. This guide contains questions that we would like you to consider while in the exhibit and prompts for your reflective writing after the exhibit. You can view this Guide here.

2. ECHO Webpage ECHO's mission is stated on their website:

    To educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.

    Permanent exhibits at ECHO address the ecology and culture of Lake Champlain and the Lake Champlain Basin. They include some visual, audio-visual, and hands on activities.

 

3. Background about Abenaki Tribes and Tribal Recognition in Vermont

    The state of Vermont has recognized several tribes of the Abenaki Nation. The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs has information about recognition of tribes in Vermont

    The Commission also provides links to tribal websites. Visit these sites for more information about the Abenaki tribes in Vermont.


4. Information about the Eugenics Survey in Vermont 


5. Information about the emerald ash borer from the Vermont State Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
    Information about the emerald ash borer from the US Department of Agriculture.

Oct 8/10 Visit the Rubenstein School, Office of Student Services webpage on experiential learning to find out about opportunities for students to gain experience and knowledge through internships and study abroad.

Visit the Rubenstein School YouTube Channel for videos students have made related to their internship and job experiences.

Oct 15/17 Read the profile of our guest speaker, Mr. Mickey Fearn, which appeared in the RSENR News March 2013.
                 View the 9 min 22 sec video, The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks, produced by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Oct 22/24 Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, Excerpts from UCC 2007 Report

             (If you are interested in seeing the entire report, go here)

            Also, check out the Hastings Center Report on state level Environmental Justice Policy. It is quite lengthy, so go to your home state in the report and see what EJ policy has been established there. You can find your home state by going to the "Table of States" - on the 19th and 20th pages of the .pdf file, with hot links to each of the states reviewed in the report.

EJ powerpoint slides from lecture with links to EJ resources.

Oct 29/31 Here are some resources for draft action plan:

Rubenstein School Office of Experiential Learning with links to jobs, internships, study abroad information
RSENR Diversity Plan
RSENR Diversity website

UVM Diversity website
Alternative Spring Break 
Next Step Retreat a social justice retreat for UVM students
Community University Partnerships and Service Learning at UVM
Global to Local/Local to Global Opportunities, Resources for Community Engagement
Office of International Education for study abroad programming
Global Village Residential Learning Community
Social Justice Resources: from the University of Vermont
Our Common Ground: University of Vermont

Self-Survey: Commitment to Combat ISMS
Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry: from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Ecological Society of America, SEEDS program (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability)
Chill Foundation, provides opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through boardsports
Healthy City Youth Initiative, hands-on farm-to-school program designed to teach basic cooking and gardening skills, boost physical activity and increase healthy lifestyle choices for Burlington K-12 students

Nov 5/7
Please choose ONE of the following readings based on your interests - read it and provide a description of it for your paper this week. While we have related each to one of the majors in the Rubenstein School, you do NOT have to choose based on your intended major.

Floyd: Managing National Parks in a Multicultural Society (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism)

Kaplan: Some Hidden Benefits of the Urban Forest (Forestry)

McGurty: Warren County, NC, and the Emergence of the Environmental Justice Movement (Natural Resources Curriculum - Resource Planning)

Middendorf: Ecology and Environmental Justice (from the Ecological Society of America) (Natural Resources Curriculum - Resource Ecology)

Pellow & Matthews: Immigrant Workers in Two Eras (compares labor organizing by immigrant women in California in the fruit & electronics industries)(Environmental Studies)

Stephens: Environmental Justice: A critical issue for all environmental scientists everywhere (Environmental Science)

Unger: Exploring Diversity in the Wildlife Profession (from the Wildlife Professional) (Wildlife/Fisheries Biology)

Presentations from some of Nov 5 presenters: Deane Wang/ENSC; Jen Pontius/FOR; Clare Ginger/NRC; Jed Murdoch/WFB

Nov 12/14  Allen: Mining for justice in the food system: Perceptions, practices, and possibilities
              and Golden Cage website. Be sure to view the Audio Slide Show (about 5 minutes)