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Connecting Social Justice & Environmental Stewardship: Impacts for Children

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North Campus Research Complex

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2800 Plymouth Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Join us to hear two presentations from leaders in the field on their work relating to social justice, children’s rights, and its connection to environmental stewardship:

Agency, Compassion and Participation: Children as Citizens of their Communities and Stewards of the Natural World with Jeanne Goldhaber

For over 30 years, the teachers, student teachers and faculty at the University of Vermont Campus Children's School have been documenting experiences that they believe reflect children's evolving theories about their place in the world. These theories seem to reflect elements of agency and compassion and result in acts of kindness and participation. Jeanne will share some of these stories and discuss the role that documentation played in making visible the children’s sense of agency, compassion and participation.

On the Front Lines: Environmental Inequality & Children's Health with Kerry Ard

Kerry Ard received a Joint doctorate degree in Sociology and Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan in 2013. Since this time she has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in Environmental Sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Her research explores how social processes create and sustain environmental inequalities by race and class and how these unequal exposures are linked to health disparities. She uses sociological concepts to understand the issues of social inequality and the environment. Her work covers the arc of environmental inequality from its political causes to the ultimate consequences of social disparities in health outcomes. At the foundation of her work is a perspective that scholars need to bring the insights from the field of sociology to bear on the causes of environmental risk and resulting effects on health. In her work she argues that current research provides little doubt that pollution is unequally distributed by race and class, future research in this field needs to work toward gaining insight into actionable social and political areas that are at the core of these inequalities.

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