ES 517: Diversity, Justice & Inclusion


73796 (for web registration)




Steven Chase






Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Fridays 1/21 - 5/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: Civic Ecology or elective
Competency Areas Fall 2010: ASJS – Required concentration; CB, Cert, EE, SDS, SDCC – Methods or elective.
Restricted to ASJS and EAO students from December 7 – 14; open to all ES students on December 15.

Historically, social movements have been strongest when they involve large numbers of people who unite across social barriers such as race, class, and gender for a common purpose. Social movements are weakest, however, when the prejudices and power relationships of the larger society remain unchallenged within their own organizations. This situation often leaves the environmental movement vulnerable to ?divide and conquer? strategies by power-holders and reduces the creativity and effectiveness of environmental organizations by marginalizing the voices, insights, and potential contributions of women, people of color, working-class participants, or ethnic and religious minorities. Now, more than ever, building an environmental movement, and its constituent organizations, based on solid working relationships, a spirit of trust, shared interest, and solidarity across the social boundaries of race, gender, class, geography, and culture is a prerequisite for a lasting transition towards a more sustainable world. This class will focus on both the theory and practice of diversity, inclusion, and culture competence with a particular emphasis on: 1) understanding the dynamics of social oppression; 2) building effective relationships across difference; and 3) addressing power dynamics as well as the other challenges in creating diverse organizations and effective coalitions.