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InterAmerican Campus Spring 2018 Faculty Learning Community

Earth Days: Discovering Sense of Place in Little Havana (schedule here)
March 26 - April 2, 2018 -Watch for a Detailed Schedule of Events

     The Spring 2018 faculty learning community at Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus focuses on sense of place in the Little Havana neighborhood where the campus resides.  The history and culture of Little Havana will be tied to the landscape, outlining environmental development and increasing urbanization through the dual lens of sustainability and resilience.  Our investigations ask: What is our personal connection to the landscape?  What makes Little Havana unique?  How are we part of the environmental/social tableau in which InterAmerican Campus and its students are embedded? 

     In support of the learning community, participating classes across the campus are incorporating sense of place education and local ecology learning.  Experiential learning opportunities are available through on-campus work on the pine rockland restoration component of the UrbanaSpace landscape enhancement project.  Additional off-campus pine rockland related service-learning opportunities are available through community partners. 

     The Earth Days faculty learning community will culminate with an on-campus Symposium March 26th through April 2nd (complete schedule TBA), featuring student presentations, guest speakers, special events, and more.  Our keynote speaker will be famed naturalist Roger L. Hammer. 

For more information:
Mike Matthews and (305)237-6733


Ecospirituality & Earth Literacy: Exploring the Numinous in Nature
Spring 2018 at MDC InterAmerican Campus
Exploring the deeper, personal connections to Earth, the universe, and the “new cosmology” are integral components of Earth Literacy.  During the Spring 2018 term at InterAmerican Campus, Earth Ethics Institute’s (EEI) Mike Matthews is offering this in-class presentation on request, unpacking EEI’s Earth Literacy definition and connecting it to environmental ethics, Deep Ecology, the New Environmental Paradigm, the Gaia Hypothesis, and sustainability initiatives. 


IAC UrbanaSpace Pine Rockland Awareness

Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 at MDC InterAmerican Campus

Pine rocklands are a globally imperiled ecosystem native to Southeast Florida with plant and animal species found nowhere else.  After winning a Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge, MDC’s InterAmerican Campus will be transforming part of its landscaping into pine rockland habitat.  Additionally, the Spring 2018 faculty learning community at InterAmerican Campus will focus on pine rockland education, culminating with the Earth Days symposium at the end of the Spring term.  Civic engagement and service-learning opportunities will be available for students, and pine rockland modules will be incorporated into participating faculty’s curricula.  


IAC YES! Club Spring 2018 Meetings
Room, 1128 from, 2 - 3 pm

February 21st, 2018
March 21st, 2018
April 18th, 2018

Contact Mike Matthews for more information  305-237-6733


Join the 
Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network provides inclusive educational opportunities for the Miami Dade College community to explore global citizenship, ecological sustainability, and civic engagement, through understanding planetary challenges and limits and by developing values, skills, and behaviors that promote prosperity and communities of well-being.

EEI Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

Reconnecting with Earth - A New Story
Awarding 12 hours of Professional Development (part 1 is a pre-requisite)


February 7, 2018 - 12 Noon - 1 pm
February 21, 2018 - 12 Noon - 1:30 pm
March 7, 2018 - 12 Noon - 1:30 pm
March 21, 2018 - 12 Noon - 1:30 pm
InterAmerican Campus - Begins Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Facilitated by Mike Matthews 

Participants must have completed Part 1
To Register, class #

 Oleta River State Park
Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development -
Saturday, February 3, 2018   9 am - 1 pm
The immersion will cover the natural and cultural history 
of the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System. Oleta River State Park is a 1,043 acre natural and recreational area surrounded largely by high density residential and commercial developmental.  Park administrators have developed alliances with a range of compatible user groups.  
To Register, class # EEI1003-2

GSELS Learning Network: Transforming Paradigm
Offering 6 hours Professional Development Credit 
This workshop offers an overview of Earth Ethics Institute’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network.  Participants learn about development and operations of GSELS. GSELS faculty learn how to broaden their GSELS-designated courses to include additional GSELS course criteria, as well as  best practices of faculty learning communities. Participants explore Sustainable Education, a concept created by Stephen Sterling and described as “a change of educational culture, one which develops and embodies the theory and practice of sustainability in a way which is critically aware.  Contrast will be made of mechanistic versus ecological worldviews, and a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to education will be endorsed. 

Friday, February 23, 2018 at NorthCampus  Room 1256
To Regster, class # EEI1010-3
Friday, March 16, 2018 at Kendall Campus   Room K-422
To Regster, class # EEI1010-4

Frost Science Museum and Sustaianble Design
Awarding 4 hours of Professional Development -(in approval process)
Friday, March 9, 2018
The need for sustainable design and resilient infrastructure is becoming more and more apparent in this era of increasing threats due to climate change. Miami is widely recognized to be one of the most vulnerable areas of the United States to sea level rise. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum was designed with this in mind, and serves as a model of practical applications of sustainable design.

To Register, class # EEI1020-1

                 Earth Ethics Institute Outdoor Immersions for MDC IAC Students


Earth Ethics Institute Organizes Student Immersions
to National, State and County Parks.
Below are a few of our partners:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Everglades National Park      Oleta River State Park        
Fruit and Spice Park               Deering Estate

to schedule an immersion for students email

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Participate in the Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS)

Sustainability Education Professional Development Opportunities

Sustainability and Earth Literacy Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Courses in Collaboration with EEI

EEI and Florida International University (FIU)

Outdoor Immersions Awarding Professional Development

Sustainability in the Curriculum                      

Immersions for Your Classes

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Learning Network

Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Field Experience

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Earth Literacy and Sustainability I -new course

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Zen Garden Workdays

(all 2:00 – 3:30 PM):

(next to the 6th Street garage exit)

January 18 2:00PM – 3:30PM

February 15 2:00PM – 3:30PM

March 8 2:00PM – 3:30PM

April 19 2:00PM – 3:30PM

UrbanaSpace Workday

IAC landscape enhancement/
public space activation project

(meet on the corner of
 6th Street and 25th Avenue)

January 30 11:00AM - 1:00PM

February 6  9:00AM - 12:00PM

February 16 10:00AM - 2:00 PM

March 5 9:00AM - 12:00PM

March 17 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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