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 Student Information - Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)



MDC Students: are you passionate about environmental concerns? Would you like to explore your connection to Earth and nature? Do you want to learn how you can make a positive difference in our community and beyond? Then GSELS is for you!

 Join the GSELS Learning Network 


      ·    Meet MDC faculty, students and staff interested in Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy.

·    Attend events and meetings. Participate in symposia, fairs and field trips.

·    Explore what it means to be fully human in the world today.

·    Develop the characteristics needed of a 21st Century Engaged Citizen and be part of the GSELS community!

 GSELS Vision

Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) acknowledges the interconnections and interdependencies that define our world. We collaboratively explore the significance of human activity within an evolving Universe and Earth. This nurturing learning community facilitates the emergence of awareness, knowledge, skills and solutions necessary to create sustainable systems while fostering ethical values of Earth Literacy, social justice, cultural diversity, and civic engagement.


         1. Find GSELS-designated classes at your campus!

         2. Complete your GSELS Civic Engagement Project

 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 three options (see our LibGuide for more information):

1. A 10-hour Academic Service-Learning project registered through the MDC Changemaker Hub, coordinated with one of your GSELS class instructors and related to this class’ curricula
2. Score a minimum of 100 points on 
iCED’s Civic Action Scorecard, with a minimum of 50 of those points scored from the Environment & Sustainability section
3. A sustainability and/or Earth Literacy related project designed by your GSELS professor and approved by Earth Ethics Institute, receiving a grade ‘B’ or higher, that has a civic engagement component, and is presented to the public in some format once completed

3. Write a 500-word reflection essay describing how your GSELS Civic Engagement Project connected to what you learned in your GSELS classes

4. Contact us to apply for GSELS Scholar recognition (we will need your degree audit, Civic Engagement Project documentation, and reflection essay)
To learn more about GSELS and to check your progress toward GSELS Scholar recognition, please contact any of the EEI staff:  

EEI Director: Mike Matthews ● (305)237-3796 ●  
Kendall Campus: Netiva Kolitz ● (305)237-2247 ●  
North Campus: Stephen Nesvacil ● (305)237-1338 ●  
Padrón Campus: Dr. Mark Tirpak ● (305)237-6733 ●  

Click here to view our GSELS video!


Learn more about the guiding philosophy behind GSELS

The Earth Charter



Thomas Berry's -Nature of Universe
 and  12 Principles
of Understanding the Universe,


Life Long Learning,
Environmental and
Sustainable Education

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