Capstone Project Title
Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have a disparate access to quality environmental education (EE) in proportion to their white peers. (Bell, 2016; Taylor, 2014). Furthermore, BIPOC also experienced a disproportionate share of the effects of environmental degradation and destruction. (NEEF, 2015). This capstone addresses the following question: How can a nonprofit organization reduce and eliminate disparate access to quality EE to students who are BIPOC and increase overall access to education on environmental justice? The capstone proposes an organizational plan to specifically address this question. The organization will create programming and curriculum of high-quality EE designed to engage the BIPOC audience and to increase education on environmental justice for the entire community. The programs will empower BIPOC learners with skills to address environmental issues and encourage a sense of personal and civic responsibility in advocating to advance environmental justice. The program materials will be accurate and balanced, incorporating multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary aspects. The programs will be instructionally sound, using best practices in education. Finally, the programs will be evaluated with appropriate tools. The organization will use important theories of learning such as Piaget’s cognitive development theory, constructivism, multiple intelligences, and learning styles. These programs and curricula will largely be delivered through partnerships developed by the organization.
Community Building, Environmental Studies, Multicultural Education, Social Justice
Leonard, Nicholas, "Creating A Nonprofit Organization To Reduce And Eliminate Disparate Access To Quality Environmental Education To Students That Are Black, Indigenous, And People Of Color And To Increase Overall Access To Education On Environmental Justice" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 613.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects