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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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June 23, 2016 (Philadelphia, PA) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is excited to announce Marcia Chatelain as the closing keynote speaker at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Chatelain is a historian of African American life and culture in the 20th century. As an Associate Professor at Georgetown University, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus in August 2014 to encourage educators to discuss the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri in the classroom. The effort catalyzed collaboration among a wide variety of educators from a range of disciplines, regions and educational settings to produce a crowdsourced syllabus about race, African American history, civil rights and policing.

“Dr. Chatelain is a great fit for this year’s conference theme, Beyond the Campus. Our members are increasingly seeking to support social and environmental justice in the communities around their campuses.. Meeting sustainability challenges requires an understanding of issues that are impacting these communities and collaboration with community stakeholders. Dr. Chatelain truly exemplifies that in her work,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.

Dr. Chatelain regularly travels to college campuses across the country to discuss social movements, campus climate and inclusive teaching. She will speak to approximately 2,300 higher education sustainability professionals in Baltimore, Maryland from Oct. 9 – 12 at the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo. Limited interviews are available.

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