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Social Justice and Community Change

Building CURES with Community Social Justice Impact

The deadline for this opportunity has passed. Check back to see what the participants have to share at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. For updates on FMN opportunities in the future, please sign up for the QUBES newsletter

Building sustainable urban communities requires an understanding of the social and economic forces that shaped them and their modern environments. In this FMN, we will be using 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. We will use a combination of resources that have been gathered over this past Fall as a jumping off point to 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.

Our group has been working this fall and has gathered many resources for the project.  You will have access to all of our resources and an opportunity to collaborate with peers who share your interest in incorporating social justice ideas into our science classrooms, labs and field exercises. This Spring, we will continue reading and discussing relevant materials with the goal of creating linked CUREs that can be used at various educational levels and in a variety of courses.

Our initial focus is on Redlining and its impact on air quality and temperature in neighborhoods.  We will use case studies to introduce progressive CURES for environmental science, biology and other STEM courses.  Our model is based on citizen-science programs with a focus on developing solutions to these complex issues and promoting urban sustainability.

Apply now to join the Spring 2021 Social Justice and Community Change Faculty Mentoring Network.


Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid/late-Jan, 2021 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2021 semester. 


Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least two class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Spring 2021 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules. It is important that all participants are able to commit to the full experience. The greatest benefits of these experiences are generated in the interactions with colleagues. Your contributions will be critical to the success of this program. 

**Access to resources and the guidance of dedicated peers

**Online support throughout the process of creation implementing new materials in your course. 



If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Prescott (sarah "dot" prescott "at" unh "dot" edu) or Pat Marsteller (pmars "at" emory "dot" edu).