Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Melissa Nemon

Abstract

Social Justice is a concept which is often glossed over or excluded from student education, particularly the issues associated with Environmental Justice. Discrimination, oppression, and poor environmental practices all coalesce into dangerously impactful issues, which can be combated by further education and exposure. This project seeks to spread awareness of Environmental Justice issues, provide educators with the tools to implement social justice education, and express the importance of such exposure to students. This interdisciplinary project utilizes the facilitation of a workshop with lessons, activities, and opportunities for participants to engage in discussions. The goal of the workshop was to describe the need of Environmental Justice education among adults, children, and educators, provide materials and various methods for educators to integrate such concepts into their curriculum, and emphasize the importance community plays in supporting social justice efforts. The findings suggested that workshops, lessons, and discussions on the topic of Environmental Justice and community are impactful tools in inspiring action and the integration of social justice topics into curriculum. This project, despite its limitations, is an important example of how educators are open to engaging their students in new way and preparing them for topics untraditional covered in standard curriculum.

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