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Pre-Conference Institute: “To Come Together, We Must Transform What’s Divided Us: Utilizing a Social Justice Lens for Collective Campus Sustainability Work”

October 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Dr. Heather Hackman will be presenting a pre-conference institute, a post-conference workshop, a concurrent workshop and a poster session at the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference & Expo.

Institute Description:

As evidenced over the last 24 months, a lack of critical understanding of social justice issues makes collaborative work across multiple lines of identity near impossible, while thoughtful attention to social justice issues can build unexpected and highly effective coalitions. The former, of course, works in opposition to the urgent need for solidarity with respect to climate, environmental and sustainability issues, thus highlighting the importance of utilizing a social justice lens in our sustainability work. As such, this cross-disciplinary workshop is designed to take campus sustainability work to a deeper level, via the use of a critical “social justice lens” (SJL), so as to improve its efficacy, deepen its reach and power, and ultimately align it more closely with 21st century climate realities. Based on workshops Dr. Hackman has presented across the country, this interactive session begins by setting forth the core components of a critical SJL, then makes explicit connections for its use and transformative import in this current climate change / sustainability moment, and concludes with the presentation of concrete steps regarding the application of a SJL to sustainability work on our campuses via case studies and participant examples. The session is grounded in theory (for a shared framework), but spends the bulk of its time in dialogue, application and integration of the content into participants’ specific settings.


October 15, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education


Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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