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Campus Learning Communities

Exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Symposia and other efforts. The 2020-21 theme is Goal 11

Sustainable Cities Campus Learning Community and Symposium Exploring UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


THANK YOU for making the Academic Year 2020-21 Campus Learning Community (CLC) a success!

Faculty and students from all MDC campuses were encouraged to participate in the following events this semester or host their own Goal 11 related activities as part of the CLC. Some events below connected with other MDC efforts (symposia, etc.) that share aspects of the Goal 11 theme. 

Sustainable Cities Symposium:
 A week of virtual presentations, events, and happenings  


Monday, April 5 

  • 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Envisioning Miami in 2070 Student Presentations with Professor Albert Lenel (Philosophy and Ethics)  
     

  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Sustainable Cities Student Short Films with Professor Billy Oliver and community partners 
     

  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Harmful Algal Blooms in South Florida with Dr. Larry Brand, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
     

  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Sustainable Cities Student Presentations with Professor Albert Lenel (Philosophy and Ethics)  
     

  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Sustainable Cities: East/West Connections & Emerging Sustainable Miccosukee Community with Professor Amar Sawhney (Architecture) 
     

  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. CESI Directors Panel: Changemaking and Sustainable Cities with Sandra LaFleur, Josh Young, Dr. Mohammad Homayounvash, and Mike Matthews 
     

  • 7:00 p.m. Student Sustainability Podcast Series with Professor Emily Sendin (English) and her students -- release of latest Urbanites podcasts  

     

Tuesday, April 6 

  • 8:25 – 9:40 a.m. Student Reflections on Reconnecting through Voluntary Simplicity: Sustainability in Miami (Session 1) with Professors Beth Cloues (Library Science), Isabel Duque (Library Science) and Rene Revuelta (Environmental Science) 
     

  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Everglades Song Book Everglades-inspired music performance with Live Arts Miami
     

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sustainability, Climate Change, and Just Energy Transitions with Dr. Matthew S. Henry, University of Wyoming  
     

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Student Project Based Learning (PBL) Presentations with Professor Ginny Peterson-Tennant (Social Sciences) 
     

  • 12:40 – 1:55 p.m. Developing a Critical Planetary Romanticism for the Earth with Dr. Whitney Bauman (FIU Speaker Series) 
     

  • 5:40 – 7:20 p.m. The Climate Crisis, A Race We Can Win! with Olivia Collins, The CLEO Institute (a Resilient Communities sponsored event) 
     

  • 5:40 – 8:10 p.m. Civic Action Portfolio Student Presentations with Professor Oscar Gonzalez (English)  

     

Wednesday, April 7 Sustainapalooza! student-led events 

  • 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Endorsing Miami’s Need for Sustainability, with Padrón Campus YES! Club and the This4That project 
     

  • 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Student Reflections on Reconnecting through Voluntary Simplicity: Sustainability in Miami (Session 2) with Professors Beth Cloues (Library Science), Isabel Duque (Library Science) and Rene Revuelta (Environmental Science) 
     

  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Students discuss the documentary film Fire & Flood with Professor Sarah Jacob (Philosophy) and the West Campus YES! Club
     

  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. The Earth on Fire artist talk with Miwa Matreyek and Live Arts Miami 
     

  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Recycling Workshop with North Campus YES! Club 
     
     

  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Student Reflections on Reconnecting through Voluntary Simplicity: Sustainability in Miami (Session 3) with Professors Beth Cloues (Library Science), Isabel Duque (Library Science) and Rene Revuelta (Environmental Science) 
     

  • 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Activity Hour student sessions:

    • Kendall YES! Club Recycling w/Waste Management & Recycling Activity

    • PBL/GSELS Presentation: Plastics in Our Oceans

    • PBL/GSELS Presentation: Creating Awareness about Climate Change
       

  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Activity Hour student sessions:

    • Creative Writing: Fabric Waste and Fast Fashion
      & Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community  

    • Abilities Unlimited Renewable Energy for People with Disabilities

    • Creative Writing: Renewable Energy

    • Venezuelan Student Alliance: Germinating Sprouts
       

  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Earthverse spoken word performance with Live Arts Miami, featuring Darius Daughtry and Marino Toussaint
     

  • 4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Vegan Cooking Show with Wolfson Campus YES! Club 
     

Thursday, April 8 

  • 8:25 – 9:40 a.m. Student Reflections on Reconnecting through Voluntary Simplicity: Sustainability in Miami (Session 4) with Professors Beth Cloues (Library Science), Isabel Duque (Library Science) and Rene Revuelta (Environmental Science) 
     

  • 11:15 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Tiny House Movement with Professor Scott Murphy (Sociology) 
     

  • 11:15 a.m. –12:30 p.m. A Global Effort for Local Change: The Slow Food Movement with Dr. Douglas Kincaid (FIU Speaker Series) 
     

  • 12:40 –1:30 p.m. Story of More student presentations with Professor Emily Sendin (English) 
     

  • 2:05 – 3:20 p.m. The Everglades and Us with Dylann L. Turffs, Everglades National Park ranger 
     

  • 5:40 – 8:10 p.m. Civic Action Portfolio Student Presentations with Professor Oscar Gonzalez (English) 

  

Friday, April 9 

  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Student Reflections on Sustainable Cities with Professor Scott Murphy (Sociology)
     

  • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Water Rights and Water Policy – Rising Voices with Dr. Jen Veilleux (FIU Speaker Series) 
     

  • 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Students discuss the film Seeding Change with Professors Adrianne Thompson and Frederick Richmond (World Languages) – connecting with Padrón Campus Teaching & Learning Symposium
     

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Science Students Engage in Padrón Campus Learning Resources by Way of Immersion in Sustainability, with Professors Beth Cloues (Library Science), Isabel Duque (Library Science) and Rene Revuelta (Environmental Science) – connecting with
    Padrón Campus Teaching & Learning Symposium

  • 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Student Black Lives Matter Panel with North Campus Sociology Club  
     

  • 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. The Nature of Borders. Borders in Nature; Dr. Ulrich Oslender discusses climate change and geographic boundaries (FIU Speaker Series) – connecting with Padrón Campus Teaching & Learning Symposium


Any questions, please contact us:

Alison Kasney (North Campus, iCED) akasney@mdc.edu 
Stephen Nesvacil (North Campus, EEI) snesvaci@mdc.edu
Natasha Esteves (Padrón Campus, iCED) nesteves@mdc.edu   
 Mark Tirpak, PhD (Padrón Campus, EEI) mtirpak@mdc.edu

Featured Resource

GSELS Spring 2021 Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase  Organized by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute in collaboration with MDC's Learning Resources/Library Services  Join us in learning more about sustainability and Earth Literacy, as students in Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)-designated classes share their research projects, artwork, and performance pieces, focused on an array of topics and linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Beginning on March 29, 2021, student’s projects will be shared online for public viewing.  For more information about GSELS, or the Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase, contact Netiva Kolitz at nkolitz@mdc.edu.  http://bit.ly/GSELS2021  Logos:  Miami Dade College Kendall Campus; GSELS; MDC Learning Resources; Changemaking at Miami Dade College; UN Sustainable Development Goals
Spring 2021 Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase

Organized by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute in collaboration with MDC's Learning Resources/Library Services

Join us in learning more about sustainability and Earth Literacy, as students
in Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)-designated
classes share their research projects, artwork, and performance pieces,
focused on an array of topics and linked to the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals.

Beginning on March 29, 2021, student’s projects will be shared online
for public viewing.

For more information about GSELS, or the Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase,
contact Netiva Kolitz at nkolitz@mdc.edu.

http://bit.ly/GSELS2021

[Six logos left to right: Miami Dade College, Earth Ethics Institute Miami Dade College, Campus Learning Community, Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED), Changemaking at Miami Dade College, Miami Dade College Learning Resources]