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"Oakwood University Ecology Club" » Huntsville, Alabama
The faculty, staff and students of The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources are committed to expanding our own understanding and appreciation of diversity issues and engendering in ourselves the strength to listen to and respect voices and ideas different from our own. Because environmental and natural resource problems are thoroughly intertwined with issues of equity and social justice, we need to aggressively expand our environmental agenda and curriculum to include the pressing concerns of diverse peoples.
Plans for 2009-2010
We will host events such as a diversity related film screening, international dinner, and other outreach events. We will try to devise a curriculum map for diversity education in our natural resource courses. Our chapter is continually involved in the university’s Diversity Initiatives.
Activities of 2008-2009
New chapter as of October 2009
The Diversity Task Force has held community outreach events such as hosting speakers that present on diversity issues, diversity related film screenings, a multicultural dinner, and other inclusive events. We are very active in all faculty and administrative appointments. The Diversity Task Force also looks at the role of environmental justice in our natural resources curriculum. We have diversity courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. We continue to implement programs to help provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
We have also obtained funding from the USDA for undergraduate and graduate student multicultural scholarships and fellowships.
- Mary Watzin
- Marie Vea-Fagant