Announcing our NEW Service Learning Course
ENVS 397M: College Access Coaching for Social Justice and Sustainability
CRN 23957 - only 1 space left!
This new course is a collaboration between Huxley College of the Environment and North Cascades Institute's Mountain School.
Why is this course important?
According to a 2014 Presidential report, "In 1990, the U.S. ranked first in the world in four-year degree attainment among 25-34 year olds; today, the U.S. ranks 12th. While half of all people from high-income families have a bachelor's degree, just 1 in 10 people from low-income families do."
Meanwhile, the journal Nature reports, "Human activities are pushing Earth toward a "tipping point" that could cause sudden, irreversible changes in relatively stable conditions that have allowed civilization to flourish." In this course, you will actively participate in ways to support positive change through lectures and service learning.
About the course:
>> WWU Students learn about institutionalized social justice issues pertaining to preparing underrepresented 5th graders for college.
>> Using fun College Access activities, each WWU student becomes a service learning coach in one 5th grade classroom and during that classroom's 2.5 day visit to North Cascades Institute's Mountain School.
>> While at NCI, coaches highlight STEM and Environmental study skills as well as the importance of incorporating sustainable practices into any profession.
>> On-Campus Lecture Class (first 2 weeks) Tues + Thurs 1:30-3:20; remaining weeks On-Campus Class only on Thurs 1:30-3:20
>> Fieldwork at assigned elementary school starts Tues April 11th 1:30-3:20 and continues thru June 6th.
>> Please allow 30-40 minutes travel time to/from weekly elementary school site. Students responsible for own transportation to elementary schools.
>> Students will be attending Mountain School either May 1st-May 3rd or May 3rd-May 5th depending on assigned classroom.
>> This course requires instructor approval. Students must contact Wendelin.Dunlap@WWU.edu for instructor approval so she can make sure that each student understands the format of the class and Mountain School responsibilities.
>> This is a totally unique new opportunity for Western Washington University and Washington State.
>> Questions? Wendelin.Dunlap@WWU.edu
- White House Report on Increasing College Opportunity for Low-income Students
- OECD Education at a Glance 2013, http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag.htm
- Martha J. Bailey and Susan M. Dynarski, "Inequality in Postsecondary Attainment," 2011. In Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane, eds., Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, pp. 117-132. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Is Earth Nearing Environmental Tipping Point?