What you will learn:
This course will examine the deeply rooted social, psychological, and political backgrounds that have resulted in environmental inequities and injustices. Essentially the course will focus on why, and through what social, political, and economic processes, some people are denied access to untainted natural resources and are exposed to direct threats to personhood through environmental degradation and political marginalization. It will examine systemic structural biases in environmental policy-making that discriminates against indigenous peoples and people of color, particularly with respect to the state-sanctioned siting of toxic waste facilities, the distribution of pollutants, the location of food-deserts, and the exclusion Indigenous peoples and people of color from leading positions in the environmental movement.
This course covers topics such as:
• Institutionalized racism
• Environmental justice movement
• Factors leading to environmental racism
• Indigenous peoples
• Environmental reparations
About the instructor:
T’Shari’s dissertation research explores the connections between historical disempowerment, racial violence, and anti-Black rhetoric in America and Black environmental participation. T’Shari is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology in 2014. In 2018, she obtained a Master of Science degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Communication. T’Shari returned to UNCG and is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Geography, Environment, and Sustainability department at UNCG.
In 2020, T’Shari was a recipient of the Summer Pre-Doctoral Multicultural Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) where she taught Race, Ethnicity, and Environment. During the fellowship, she also participated in professional development workshops with faculty and other fellows. T’Shari has also taught courses that cover the topics of geosystems, environmental policy, and sustainability. T’Shari has also taught Environmental Justice seminars for UNCG for several semesters. Currently, T’Shari also serves as a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant for faculty at UNCG. T'Shari currently teaches as a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University.
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