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Past Programs - Spring 2021

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.

Spring Professional Development for MDC Faculty and Staff

Deep Time Wisdom & Post-Doom Inspiration
An Earth Ethics Institute professional development workshop awarding 6 hours of credit  

Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian, TEDx speaker, and pro-future advocate. This three-hour workshop showcases wisdom distilled from his acclaimed 2020 "Post-Doom" conversation series.

Friday, March 26, 1 - 4:00 p.m.
To Register, class # EEI1029-1

Food, Ethics and Sustainability Part 2
A multipart virtual discussion series awarding 12 hours of professional development credit

This workshop explores the hidden ethical implications of industrialized agribusiness and connects our eating choices to farm animal welfare as well as social justice and human rights issues. The impact of climate change on food supply and production will also be discussed.   

Facilitated by Dr. Ileana Pino, Medical Campus
Fridays 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Feb. 12, Feb 26, March 12, March 26

2/5/20, 2/19/20, 3/4/20, and 3/18/20

To Register, class # EEI1016-5


  Reconnecting Through Voluntary Simplicity
A multipart virtual discussion series awarding 12 hours of professional development credit

Exploring the paradox of increased technological connection leading to increased personal disconnection, as well as the importance of media literacy and simplicity in moving us forward into an uncertain future. 

Facilitated by Netiva Kolitz, Kendall Campus EEI Program Professional
Four Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00, fifth Wednesday 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, and March 24

To Register, class # 

Facilitated by Dr. Mark Tirpak, Padrón Campus EEI Program Professional
Four Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 17

To Register, class # 


Visions of Sustainability
A multipart virtual discussion series awarding 15 hours of professional development credit

Explore the importance of diversity and equity in building resilient communities, the impacts of the evolving American transportation system, and the ties between consumer culture and the economy.

Facilitated by Stephen Nesvacil, North Campus EEI Program Professional
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:30
Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, and March 24

To Register, class # 





Campus Events and Activities

Sustainable Cities Info Page
Sustainable Cities

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spring 2021 EEI programming was limited and held virtually.

Hialeah Campus 

Bee Club Virtual Sustainachella - Sweet Bees 

Bees are one of the most important pollinators and are critical in the propagation of plants, trees, and food crops in South Florida. Join us to learn more about bees and pollinators, local beehives, and becoming a trained beekeeper!

Friday, January 29, 2021
12PM - 1PM

Climate 101 Webinar - The CLEO Institute

The Hialeah campus YES! Club invites you to attend the "Climate 101" workshop presented by The CLEO Institute. Learn about the most current science, impacts, and solutions for climate change!

Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Kendall Campus

Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase
Featuring asynchronous virtual student project presentations

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Projects Showcase at Kendall Campus is an event organized and hosted by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute each semester.  Students in GSELS-designated classes present and share their research projects, artwork, designs, models, and performance pieces, all focusing on an array of sustainability and Earth Literacy topics.

The Spring 2021 GSELS Projects showcase is now live! Please visit our Library Guide website to see the many great projects our students have created.

Disparities in Minority Communities
A Black History Month event, hosted by the Kendall Campus African Heritage / Black History Committee

Health disparities, food injustice, social injustice and environmental racism in the United States of America have disproportionately impacted African American and Latino communities.  In partnership with the Sustainability Committee, the panel will explore the intersection of these critical socio-economic factors to understand the fragile state of these communities. The question is where do we go from here now that the pandemic has revealed the truth?  Panelists include Ms. Asha Walker (Founder of “Health in the Hood”), Dr. Kilian C. Ashad-Bishop (Director of College Access for Breakthrough Miami), and Ms. Zelalem Adefris (VP of Policy & Advocacy at Catalyst Miami).

Thursday, February 11, 2021
10 - 11 AM


Padrón & North Campuses

Decoding the Weather Machine

Please join us for a special screening of the PBS Nova documentary Decoding the Weather Machine!  Brought to you by MDC Learning Resources and Earth Ethics Institute in support of the Sustainable Cities campus learning community and symposium and the Resilient Communities initiative in partnership with the American Libraries Association.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
12:45 - 2:45 PM


Sustainable Cities
Spring 2021 Campus Learning Community Virtual Symposium

The Sustainable Cities Campus Learning Community takes place during the 2020-21 academic year at Miami Dade College (MDC) Padrón and North campuses.  Participating faculty from both campuses will integrate elements of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities into their curricula through the Fall and Spring terms.  MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) will offer support in the form of content, programming, and related civic engagement changemaking opportunities for MDC students.  Both academic terms will culminate in a symposium featuring student projects, guest speakers, film screenings, special events/activities, and more. 

The Sustainable Cities Campus Learning Community offers the opportunity for faculty to employ such high-impact pedagogies as academic service-learning, project-based learning, and changemaking education.  It also offers a framework for not only the study of sustainability but examining current events and social issues through the lens of urban sustainability.  Additionally, such topics as urban design, green spaces, poverty, transportation, and more are all “fair game” for faculty to tackle.  MDC faculty already participating in EEI’s Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) learning network as well as implementing the Civic Action Scorecard through iCED will find extending into the campus learning community an easy yet rewarding stretch.

Wolfson Campus

Civil Rights, Chasing the Dream in the 21st Century
Race in America, Post-Obama, Trumpism, and the Great Racial Divide

Guest speaker Steve Balkaran discusses the future of civil rights in the United States post-Obama and post-Trump.  Hosted by EEI Faculty Council member Professor Robert Henry.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
2 - 3:30 PM

Ditch Your Car and Find New Wheels!

YES! Club Wolfson and Intramural Sports Club challenge you ro replace your car with new wheels for achance to win one of two prizes for the members with the most miles!

February 1 - 28, 2021 


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