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Webinar: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships to Advance Sustainability Education
July 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDTFree
What do we need to do to take sustainability education to the next level? How do we make sustainability learning ubiquitous in a university student’s learning journey while increasing an institution’s capacity to reach its sustainability, climate and community resilience goals? Join us for a discussion on how leveraging strategic partnerships across campus can help us meet our collective goals. The session will include a short presentation on how the University of British Columbia’s Sustainability Hub, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology are exploring this to advance sustainability on its Vancouver campus. Developing partnerships with faculty members across disciplines, designing partnerships with community organizations off campus, and developing a campus-wide Open Educational Resource collection, are some of the key strategies that can help elevate sustainability education’s presence in the institution. The presentation will be followed by a series of small group discussions and will end with an individual reflection and road-mapping exercise so that you can come out of this conversation having identified some key leverage points, strategic partners and specific next steps you can take to advance your sustainability education goals.
The session has three key goals:
1) Participants expand their perspectives of what is possible at their institution in terms of strategic partnerships for sustainability education.
2) Participants draft a roadmap of actions to explore and to develop partnerships that can help put sustainability at the forefront of education and decision-making at their institution.
3) Participants connect with each other and develop relationships that can help them strengthen their sustainability networks.
If you are looking at how to expand sustainability education across your institution so that increasingly more students can engage with this crucial content and diversity of perspectives, join us for the conversation.
Tara Ivanochko, Academic Director at the Sustainability Hub, University of British Columbia
As Academic Director, Tara works in partnership with the Senior Director to provide vision, guidance, and oversight to the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Sustainability Hub. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh where she reconstructed changes in the intensity of the Indian Monsoon over the last 100,000 years and investigated the interconnections between equatorial and polar climate change. Tara joined UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) as faculty in the Educational Leadership steam in 2009. In EOAS, Tara has since served as the Director of Environmental Science and as Associate Head Undergraduate Affairs. Tara has also engaged as a Sustainability Fellow with the Sustainability Hub to forward sustainability education at UBC, as a steering committee member for the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and as a member of the UBC Interdisciplinary Education Task Force. She helped envision the UBC 20-year Sustainability Strategy and develop the Faculty of Science sustainability course offerings. As an educator, Tara builds relationships between students and community organizations through collaborative research projects. These projects allow environmental science students to actively contribute to building sustainable communities.
Susan Grossman, Director at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, University of British Columbia
Susan Grossman is a Social Impact Strategist and Educator. She is Director at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at the University of British Columbia, providing leadership to support excellence in educational consulting and community engagement. As a professional educator, skillful relationship builder, community engagement specialist, capacity builder, and strategic leader, Susan works to situate knowledge and expertise in the classroom and in the community, believing that new knowledge is constructed jointly and collectively through applied action, reflective practice, and through the iterative analysis of ideas and principles. She seeks to uncover assets, tap into existing energy, and support change already underway. Susan currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Foundation and as Board President and Chair at ArtSpeak Gallery.
Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of British Columbia
Will Engle is a Strategist for Open Education Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at the University of British Columbia, where he is engaged with projects that leverage open resources, pedagogies, and technologies to support open learning and scholarship. With a background in library science, he is interested in supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education and participation in knowledge creation.