|Submission Date||Feb. 27, 2015|
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
T’shari White, a recent UNCG graduate, conducted research on the environmental attitudes of minority students for senior capstone course. She decided to focus her research on reasons why Environmental Studies was a predominately white field of study because she was the only black student in her class and one of only two African Americans enrolled in the program. During her study, she found common trends of belief from students, faculty and staff in the reasoning behind this lack of participation from minority students. In her interviews, minority participants offered the following reasons:
- the environment is not a priority for minority students
- the environment is not an interesting subject to minority students
- unless they are directly affected by it, minority students won't take action
- minority students did not know that Environmental Studies was offered as a major
- minority students lack knowledge about the field and what job opportunities are available
After completing the research, T’shari got an internship with the Office of Sustainability to work on addressing the issues found in her study. She set two goals for this a project: (1) spread awareness about how these environmental issues apply to people of every race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and socioeconomic status; (2) bring attention to issues surrounding the low number of minority students enrolled in UNCG's Environmental Studies program and their lack of participation in campus sustainability initiatives. T’shari came up with an innovative solution to host an event titled, "What's Green Got to Do with It?" gave all students (not just minorities) an interactive opportunity to learn about the UNCG Environmental Studies program and the Office of Sustainability as well as career opportunities and minority environmental leaders in the field.
The event also highlighted the issue of Environmental Justice by featuring a guest speaker with years of both personal and professional experience working with concerned citizens to shut down the local landfill. To tie it all together at the end of the event, a UNCG professor from the new Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality program moderated a lively panel discussion that presented the environmental perspectives of students representing African American and Latino minorities.
The event was a huge success with approximately 100 people in attendance throughout the event. Based on casual observations, most attendees were students and the crowd was fairly diverse overall with representing by more than two different minority groups .
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|Air & Climate||---|
|Coordination, Planning & Governance||---|
|Diversity & Affordability||Yes|
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