Tuesday, March 14, 2017

April 2017: Classes, trainings, and community


Trajectories of Justice in America Class (Cowell 126) at UCSC for Spring 2017
Romero Institute is hosting a super cool class at UCSC called The Trajectories of Justice in America that will cover historical and contemporary events like the #NoDAPL movement and the root causes of climate change. The class will be taught by Daniel Sheehan. Even if you are not a student, cannot enroll, but are generally interested in the content, you are free to audit. Class will be held from 3:20 to 4:55 every Tuesday and Thursday. You can access more information on the class website. Email class[at]romeroinstitute[dot]org for any questions and permission codes.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Session on April 4th
If you are graduating this year or if you have recently graduated, you may be eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Attend an information session about the program on April 4th at 3 pm in the Graduate Student Commons Fireside Lounge at Quarry Plaza (above Cafe Iveta) to find out if you are eligible or interested. Visit their website to find out more. If you know that you want to attend, RSVP for the session.

National Movie Screening and Discussion of "Priceless" on April 5th
On Wednesday, April 5th at 7 PM eastern, The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host a national screening of “Priceless,” an episode from the National Geographic Series, Years of Living Dangerously. The one-hour show, focusing on both carbon pricing and the biodiversity loss threat from climate change, will be followed by a webcast panel discussion. Participating schools will be able to watch the episode at no charge, and the panel will welcome questions from a national viewing audience. A great event to kick off Earth Month! Students clubs and classes welcome to participate. Please RSVP to stay updated about this free screening and national discussion. 

Earth Week: Monday, April 17 - Saturday April 22

Earth Week is a campuswide, week-long series of events dedicated to increasing environmental awareness and engaging students in current sustainability issues. This year’s Earth Week aims to foster a positive relationship between our society and our planet with the theme of “Standing Together: Taking Action in our Community and Environment.” With this theme, the organizers want to focus on the importance of integrating social justice into sustainability and environmental issues. Ultimately, it is their goal to promote action and sustainability, through the mission statement that we are stronger when we stand together. Check out the Earth Week 2017 homepage to find out more. Rachel Carson College Highlights are listed below.

Eco Fest on Monday, April 17 from 11 am to 2 pm
Eco Fest is happening on April 17th at the Rachel Carson College Plaza. The goal of Eco Fest is to bring organizations together to showcase the amazing sustainability work being done in our community. The Earth Week team will provide sustainable snacks and DIY activities at Oak’s Field. Eco Fest will allow people to get outside and enjoy the campus’s natural environment, as well as meet others in the community who are also focused on changing the world through sustainable practices.

Campus Sustainability Plan Student Feedback Workshop April 18, 6-8pm
Undergraduate students: Join the Sustainability Office for this student-centered workshop, a hands-on opportunity to engage with other students on the campus sustainability issues that are most important to you and provide direct feedback on the proposed goals and strategies for the next 5-year Campus Sustainability Plan. The workshop will take place at the Porter Hitchcock Lounge. Vegan and vegetarian pizza will be served! Learn more about the Campus Sustainability Plan here on the website. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Sustainable Cinema on Tuesday, April 18 from 7-10 pm
Sustainable Cinema takes place on April 18th at the Rachel Carson College Red Room and will feature a movie that will bring attention to the theme of community and environment. This movie feature will lead to an open discussion about how to engage with each other and within the environment, bringing up topics such as social justice and inequity in sustainability issues.

Art & Action Banquet on Wednesday, April 19 from 11 am to 1 pm
The Art & Action Banquet will take place on April 19 at the Rachel Carson and Oakes Colleges Dining Hall. The Art & Action Banquet will be the largest event consisting of a lecture and organic food in the Oakes & Rachel Carson Dining Hall. The night will be centered around a lecture by artist Benjamin Von Wong who makes incredible art pieces with trash and recycling (partnering with the Sustainability Office). Additionally we will be working with dining staff to create a menu featuring sustainable, local, and organic foods.

Pre-Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22 from 11 am to 1 pm
On Saturday, the City of Santa Cruz is hosting a festival in San Lorenzo Park and on-campus organizers want to encourage students to get involved in the local community and attend the off-campus festival. They will be rallying people at Rachel Carson College with giveaways and music before encouraging students to go together to the festival by bus and bicycle.

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