Environmental Education for Students of Color

Project Leads: Amanina Shofry, Andrea Luna, Neena Mohan, Jessica Navarro, Annakaren Ramirez, Kelly Chang, Zeltzin Angon, Jed Lee, Dylan Kennedy, Ani Makineni, Sarah Naameh, Sylvia Targ, Zahira Chaudry, and Tommy Texeira


Sponsor: Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC)


TGIF Grant: $16,520.00


Project Theme: Environmental Justice


Project Location


2018 Application Submission


Status: In Progress


Project Description: This project, “Environmental Education for People of Color”, is divided into two parts: People Of Color Environmental Justice Conference and Outdoor Education for People of Color. 

 

The People Of Color Environmental Justice Conference aims to foster an intersectional environmental movement that inspires and empowers underrepresented folx in the environmental movement. The conference will consist of keynotes, panels, and workshops from environmentalists of color to recenter the environmental movement around those most marginalized by environmental degradation. Creating an intentional space in environmental education for people of color reshapes the current dominant environmental narrative to a more inclusive and equitable one for long term justice and sustainability. .

 

Outdoor Education for People of Color aims to ensure students of color have access to affordable outdoor space with two retreats (Fall and Spring). Retreats will be part of an outdoor education plan focused on organization and movement building, leadership workshops, reflection activities, guided hikes, environmental consciousness, and personal and community development. This retreat will not only make the outdoors more accessible, it will also strengthen the Students of Color Environmental Collective as an organization and ensure internal community building, retention of community history, and a passing of environmental and institutional knowledge that will withstand yearly member turnovers.


Goals:

  • Create spaces and opportunities on campus that offer an environmental education that is accessible, diverse, and relevant to people of color
  • Ensure the recruitment, retention, and support of students of color in environmental spaces 
  • Providing both on-campus and off-campus opportunities to engage with environmental justice

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.