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The Decolonization of Curriculum for a Sustainable Future

June 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


When you think about it, does your coursework perpetuate stories of paternalistic dominance by a few?  Do you teach how and what you learned? Given our other many responsibilities, do you find it easiest to choose the same books year after year, rather than explore other possibilities? Is your campus facing criticism by students of color that their voices are not being heard?  Do you wonder how sustainability might relate to your course? Finally, do you wonder how the previous questions are connected? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will find this webinar valuable.

Several years ago, I realized I was using textbooks written by older white men of American/European descent who have a particular viewpoint. As examples, many business strategy books use militaristic terms to describe successful tactics to compete in the marketplace and the accounting textbook I use is a newer edition of the same one I used in my studies almost 30 years ago. In this webinar, I share examples of how I now continually rethink my class material and now explore it from two perspectives: what is and what is possible if we question current paradigms. This approach allows me to cover what my colleagues believe must be covered and creates opportunities to offer a more inclusive and broader perspective. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm with others to identify resources and ways to expand coverage in your courses.

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Kate Lancaster

Kate Lancaster; Associate Professor, School of Business; Humboldt State University

Kate Lancaster, Ph.D., CPA, CPD, ISSP-SA, is an associate professor at Humboldt State University where she teaches accounting, strategy, and sustainable business courses.  Her research has been in environmental disclosures, sustainability accounting, and learning pedagogy. Most recently, she co-authored a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Volume 2: The Business of Sustainability and completed work for Ernst & Young that provides interested faculty with resources to incorporate sustainability into their accounting courses.  Kate is actively involved in advancing the inclusion of sustainability into the decision making process of numerous organizations. She has served as a board member for the North Coast Cooperative and on the Co-op’s Sustainability Committee and at HSU has served on the Sustainability Steering Committee, the Climate Action Planning (CAP) Committee, and the CAP Curriculum and Research Committee.  Kate and her husband, Chuck, reduce their impact by living close to campus and incorporate permaculture principles as stewards of their urban farm. They share their life with two career-changed dogs from Guide Dogs of America, nearly 30 chickens and numerous beehives, and enjoy traveling without an itinerary. Kate is an avid and eclectic reader who enjoys long walks with her dogs and is excited to be involved with friends who are becoming intentional neighbors.



June 6, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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