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Social Responsibility: Whose Responsibility Is It?
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead
“Social Responsibility: Whose Responsibility Is It?” is the central, unifying theme of this year’s Student Activity Committee (SAC) video-conferencing event. The goal is to engage students in the world around them.
In selecting a topic for this year, committee members talked about how students had volunteered when Hurricane Sandy hit NYC, specifically how helping others both rewards volunteers with personal satisfaction and accomplishment, while, more practically, it enhances a resume. The committee also wanted to share ideas about the interdependence of world communities and human beings’ mutual responsibility to each other, as well as create an intellectual environment that heightens awareness of how helping others ensures that future generations can enjoy the benefits of the earth currently taken for granted.
The process of exploring these issues is meant to heighten awareness of the ideals of sustainability and social justice in living standards and education, including literacy, which facilitate access for people to basic information about both their wide world and their own communities to equip them to participate more fully in life.
This year, SAC looks forward to involving students, faculty and others who want to join a discussion of the world around us and our responsibility to it — not just to dialogue, but also to inform participants about how to help both themselves and the planet.
Join us for three interactive forums.
- Nov. 13, 2013: How You Get There Is Where You’ll Arrive: Moving Sustainable Thoughts into Action
- Jan. 28, 2014: Getting By With a Little Help from Our Friends: Volunteerism
- March 19, 2014: Reading Is Fundamental: Literacy in Our Schools and Around the Globe
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: The panels will be located at Empire State College locations across the state and video conferenced to your local center. You can participate in the video conference at any one of the college’s regional centers or watch the live stream on a computer by going to www.esc.edu/esc-tv.
Panelists for the Upcoming Forum
- Kevin Woo, mentor in science, mathematics and technology (Metro)
- Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability (ESC)
- Linda Jones, mentor in science, mathematics and technology (NEC)
- Karyn Pilgrim, mentor in cultural studies (Metro)
To Register for the Nov. 13 Forum
Sign up online at www.formstack.com/forms/esc-social_responsibility by Nov. 12, 2013. Space is limited.
Contact Kameylah Hakim at 716-686-7800, ext. 3858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Empire State College Undergraduate Certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability
- ESC Environmental Sustainability website
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- Regional Sustainability Plans
Western New York
- Sustainability Meeting Groups in the New York City Area
- Definitions and Ideas
Glossary of Sustainability Terms
- General Sustainability Information
350.org a global movement to solve the climate crisis
Bioneers and the Bioneers videos on Vimeo
We Are Power Shift - a student organization for leadership in sustainability
TED talks including:
- Janine Benyrus: Biomimicry in action discussing how biomimicy and nature's designs can be used to solve human problems
- Tim Jackson: An economic reality check speaking about prosperity without growth
- Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world talking about mushrooms and fungi helping to save the world
- Impact Calculators
Campus Carbon Calculator
Household Emissions Calculator
- Personal Assessment Tools
Everyday Sustainable Ideas - developed by an Empire State College student
Sustainable Living Resource List - developed by an Empire State College student
About the Panelists
Kevin Woo is a mentor in science, mathematics and technology at the Metropolitan Center of SUNY Empire State College. In addition to instruction and scholarship in the disciplines of animal behavior, ecology and conservation, he is a member of the Empire State College Environmental Sustainability Committee and co-coordinator of the Adirondack Environmental Studies Residency and the Urban Environmental Studies Residency. Woo maintains connections with wildlife and agricultural groups in New York City. His recent pedagogical and research interests have examined urban agro-ecology food systems and the empowerment of students to engage in sustainable activities. He will present “Discovering Urban Sustainability in NYC: Enabling Students to Connect with the Community” with Karyn Pilgrim and Ruth Goldberg (mentor in the arts area of study), both of the Metropolitan Center, at the 10th Environmental Consortium Conference at Pace University in November 2013.
Sadie Ross is the director of environmental sustainability for SUNY Empire State College. In her position she develops environmentally responsible protocols for college operations and works with faculty to promote studies in sustainability. Before joining the college in 2010, Ross worked for the Cooperative Extension Service developing community programs for local farmers and gardeners with a focus on natural resource conservation and land stewardship. She has a master’s degree in horticulture.
Linda Jones is a mentor in the science, mathematics and technology at the Northeast Center, Saratoga Unit of SUNY Empire State College. She earned an M.S. in geography and a Ph.D. in geology and environmental geosciences from Northern Illinois University. Her research and teaching activities have focused on dynamics of environmental change in natural environmental systems in the areas of soil science and forest ecosystem dynamics.
Karyn Pilgrim is a mentor in cultural studies at Metropolitan Center, Brooklyn Unit of SUNY Empire State College. Pilgrim earned her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her areas of research include ecocriticism, women's studies and creative writing. She has an article forthcoming in Environmental Humanities, stories published in numerous literary journals and a MacArthur Scholarship in fiction.