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This is a completed Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN). FMNs are sustained, immersive, community-based professional development opportunities for faculty. FMNs support the adaptation and implementation of materials and/or instructional approaches in their classrooms. Learn more about FMNs.

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Social Justice and Community Change

Building CURES with Community Social Justice Impact

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Goals

  • Use the historical practice of Redlining to examine how social and economic factors over the last century have created disparities in environmental conditions in our urban communities that have significant implications for human health, biodiversity and evolution
  • Develop course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) that increase students’ understanding of Environmental Justice/ Social Justice issues using data-driven learning and authentic research experiences
  • Use case studies to introduce progressive CURES for environmental science, biology and other STEM courses

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Final Products

Exploring Health Inequities and Redlining

Mary Mulcahy

Version: 1.2

For this assignment, students will investigate relationships between historic redlining data and modern statistics of human health.
disease, health, social justice, public health, Data science for Biologist, redlining, chronic disease, social vulnerability, Introductory, Online course, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, 1 Hour, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Classroom Climate, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
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63
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04.2022
In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city of Dallas.
social justice, Simple Linear Regression, environmental justice, Geographic Information System (GIS), Using Excel, Connection to Place, redlining, Ecosystem Services, urban tree cover, urban environments, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Extended Project, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
502
463
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08.2021
Air quality is an environmental issue that impacts everyone in Los Angeles. This activity presents current popular press articles about air pollution and environmental justice and maps and graphs PM pollution in Los Angeles.
Introductory, Lab, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Majors, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour
723
214
0
0
06.2021
Basic data handling and data analysis skills are introduced to visualize and analyze ‘big data.’ Environmental justice is introduced to give students an understanding of tools and strategies to explore while developing advocacy and communication skills.
social justice, environmental justice, atlanta, HBCUs, Culturally responsive science teaching, environmental racism, environmental injustice, Introductory, Lab, Online course, Undergraduate, Faculty, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Advanced, Majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Extended Project, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
602
2.2K
0
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05.2021
This exercise explores circumstances of urban heat islands in the United States using spatial data, including an exploration of heat island solutions.
redlining, Urban heat island, albedo, Undergraduate, Audience Level, Advanced, Developing Empathy, Open Source, Open Science
331
136
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0
05.2021

The Legacy of Redlining in Oakland, CA

Marci Cole Ekberg

Version: 1.0

The issues of redlining and environmental justice will be introduced and used as a framework for a number of topics in the third part of the semester in a non-majors Environmental Science course.
environmental science, environmental justice, redlining, environmental racism, Website, Introductory, Article, Online course, Lecture, Undergraduate, Dataset, Publication, Homework, Instructional Setting, Audience Level, Cleaned, Non-majors, Activity Length, More than 1 hour, Developing Empathy, Classroom Climate, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Accessibility, Usability
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05.2021