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Earth Ethics Institute Resources: GSELS

Earth Ethics Institute LibGuide for resources related to EEI, GSELS, Earth Literacy, sustainability, and more!

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GSELS Resources

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) learning network provides inclusive educational opportunities for the Miami Dade College community to explore global citizenship, ecological sustainability, and civic engagement, through understanding planetary challenges and limits and by developing values, skills, and behaviors that promote prosperity and communities of well-being.

Become a GSELS Scholar

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) learning network provides inclusive educational opportunities for the Miami Dade College community to explore global citizenship, ecological sustainability, and civic engagement, through understanding planetary challenges and limits and by developing values, skills, and behaviors that promote prosperity and communities of well-being.

Crafted to foster 21st century engaged global citizens, GSELS provides a process for students to develop the awareness, knowledge, skills and solutions necessary to create a healthy and just economy, society, culture and environment, while fostering values of Earth Literacy, social justice, and cultural diversity.
 

Benefits of becoming a GSELS Scholar:

  • Meet MDC students, faculty and staff interested in Global Sustainability & Earth Literacy across all disciplines 
  • Participate in outdoor field trips, symposia, and invigorating lectures and workshops 
  • Participate in exclusive events and alternative breaks, available to qualified candidates 
  • Develop critical thinking skills and become more civically-engaged 
  • Strengthen your academic and professional portfolios 
  • Receive formal recognition as a GSELS Scholar from MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute, upon successful completion 
     

How to become a GSELS Scholar:

  1. Complete at least 12 credits in GSELS-designated classes, with a minimum of three credits from a GSELS-focused class, and earning a minimum of a "B" in each of your GSELS-designated classes
  2. Complete a GSELS Civic Engagement Project, for which there are two options:
    1. A 10-hour Service-Learning Project registered with the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) related to Earth Literacy or sustainability
    2. Earn a minimum of 100 points on iCED’s Civic Action Scorecard, with a minimum of 50 of those points coming from the Environment & Sustainability section
  3. Contact us to apply for GSELS Scholar recognition (we will need your degree audit, service-learning transcript, and a 500-word reflection essay describing how your GSELS Civic Engagement Project connected to what you learned in your GSELS classes)

 

GSELS-Designated ClassesGSELS FacultyEEI Website

 

Faculty Resources

Why Join the GSELS Learning Network?

It is not an exaggeration to say that we are currently in the midst of a global crisis. Environmental degradation is rampant, species planet-wide are facing extinction, and climate change presents threats we are only beginning to understand.  As our students enter the public sphere, it is imperative that they be able to face the challenges ahead; faculty leadership is more crucial than ever at this time. 

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) acknowledges the interconnections and interdependence of the personal, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and political aspects of our world. Collaboratively, students, faculty, administrators, and staff explore the significance of human activity within an evolving Universe and Earth. Through shared leadership, this nurturing learning community facilitates the emergence of awareness, knowledge, skills, and solutions necessary to create sustainable systems that support a healthy and just economy, society, culture, and environment, while fostering values of Earth ethics, social justice, cultural diversity, and civic engagement.
 

Join the EEI Faculty Council!

The Earth Ethics Institute Council is comprised of self-selecting Miami Dade College faculty and staff and represents many disciplines and departments from our eight campuses. The Council meets once a month and helps guide the work of the Institute. In addition, many Council members serve as campus Green Team/Sustainability Committee chairs.

Contact our staff to get involved!


 

Register Your ClassesFaculty Participation Checklist (PDF)GSELS Overview (PDF)

GSELS FacultyGSELS-Designated Classes

 

View lesson plans created by MDC faculty and staff who have completed EEI/CIOL professional development.

Note: Must be using @mdc.edu email to view.
 


Sustainable Development and Earth Literacy Booklet (PDF) EEI has put together a visual presentation on Sustainable Development and Earth Literacy for faculty to incorporate into their GSELS classes.

Earth Literacy Notebook by Mac Smith

An Invitation to Begin Creating a Civilization that Makes Sense
What do we need to know to make sense out of our lives? To make sense as individuals? As a society? As an endangered species? Exactly what is the crisis we face? What can we do to solve it?

When we can answer those questions we will achieve a new kind of literacy...a literacy that goes beyond the definition we presently use...beyond mastery of the basics we now consider a "good education." A growing number of scientists and scholars tell us that mastery of a new level of literacy is essential. Without it, we can't create a civilization that makes sense...human sense...planetary sense...cosmic sense. The new literacy we must master is "Earth Literacy."

Now That You Know: A Journey Toward Earth Literacy (book) by McGregor (Mac) Smith, Jr.

  • For students and mentors, for the old and the young, this deeply personal journey of exploring and living in a new cosmology can open the future to hope, excitement, and a renewed opportunity for dreams.

GSELS Projects Showcase

GSELS Projects Showcase

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Projects Showcase at Kendall Campus is an event organized and hosted by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute each semester. Students in GSELS-designated classes present and share their research projects, artwork, designs, models, and performance pieces, all focusing on an array of sustainability and Earth Literacy topics.

Visit the LibGuides listed below to view students' projects from past semesters.