On February 7th, Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, put on an environmental leadership workshop with the sponsorship of SERC (Student Environmental Resource Center), ECO (Environmental Clubs and Organizations), and STeam (ASUC Sustainability Team). The workshop was geared for students interested in environmental organizing, and served as a great networking opportunity for students to share resources and information. With the help of student coordinators Miki Sankary, Sandrena Fischer, and Chika Kondo, along with student leaders of the event’s sponsors Noah Puni, Omead Kohanteb, and ASUC Sentaor Nolan Pack, the workshop had a wonderful turnout and filled up the room in 9 Evans.
Current Green Corps organizer Jennifer Rubiello conducted a two-part workshop on how to pick a goal, strategy and tactics for environmental campaigns and leadership development. The first part of the workshop gave a comprehensive breakdown of campaign building. Jennifer gave tips on how to choose a hot-topic issue and then described the role of a goal, strategies and tactics as essential components for campaigns. Students then broke out into smaller groups to develop their own simulation campaign, and collectively thought out the goal, strategy, and tactics.
The second part of the workshop was centered on leadership development. Jennifer described a concept known as the leadership ladder to provide student leaders with the tools to recruit and retain members, as well as build leadership within an organization.
Overall, the workshop was a great success. Many students who participated announced the campaigns they are working on such as the fossil fuels divestment bill .The event then moved to FreeHouse where many students continued to network and socialize.
Green Corps provides a one year, paid hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.
-written by Chika Kondo, BS Society and Environment and BA Political Science, expected May 2013