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Webinar: Digging In: Specific Examples of Diversity in Sustainability Work
March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
We all have to make sure the sustainability movement is not a white, elitist movement. Join two Sustainability Directors as they share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned through integrating diversity into campus sustainability programs. Hear about efforts at Bemidji State University (MN) to integrate Ojibwe language and culture and to educate the campus and community about race relations, white privilege, and the history of the land. Learn about sustainability initiatives at Central College (IA) aimed at including athletes, campus religious groups, and students from rural backgrounds. Presenters will share how their own identities impact this work and how they collaborate with diverse campus and community partners. This webinar will be practical in focus, offering specific examples of strategies that have worked at two very different schools. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own cultural and institutional context and to envision strategies for including more diverse voices in shaping sustainability in their communities.
Brian Campbell, Director of Sustainability Education, Central College
Dr. Brian Campbell, Director of Sustainability Education, works closely with faculty, staff, and community partners to integrate real world projects into student learning. In addition, he teaches courses in corporate social responsibility and the environmental humanities, including religious studies, oral history, and environmental ethics. Brian serves on the AASHE Advisory Board, the Steering Committee of UMACS (Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability), and president of the board of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. He produces the podcast Mid-Americana: Stories from a Changing Midwest
Erika Bailey-Johnson, Sustainability Director, Bemidji State University
Erika Bailey-Johnson is starting her eleventh year as the first Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. She was also appointed the Coordinator of the People and the Environment academic program in 2016. She works in the Ganawendakamigaawigamig (Office of Earth-Caretaking or Sustainability Office). She completed her BA in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1998 and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from BSU in 2006. Her background is in science teaching, and Erika and her husband taught for two years in Mexico and three years in Kuwait before returning home to Northern Minnesota. In 2014, Erika was named one of the top 40 under 40 business professionals in the region by Prairie Business Magazine, and in 2015 as one of the top 40 under 40 professionals in the Midwest working to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy by Midwest Energy News. She speaks at regional and national conferences on BSU’s unique sustainability model which includes a wellness component and an emphasis on integrating Indigenous voices. She served on Governor Dayton’s Committee on Pollinator Protection from 2016 to 2018. Erika is currently on the board for Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River and the alumni board for the University of Minnesota, Morris. She is a founding member of the City of Bemidji Sustainability Committee, and recently became the Director of the Niizoo-gwayakochigewin project to integrate an indigenous lens into campus sustainability work and academic programs and the Co-PI of Endazhi-manidoowaadak to work on race relations in her community. Her first book project was recently published and is a bilingual Ojibwe/English children’s book to connect children to the Ojibwe language and Mother Earth. Erika is a descendant of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe.