The defining philosophies of my teaching are (i) leveraging diversity for learning, (ii) making connections to lived experiences and contemporary events, and (iii) enhancing learning through student engagement.
Education is transformative and I seek to create a classroom environment where my students are co-teachers. We change as we teach and learn, and through our teaching and learning, we have the ability to collectively design our socio-environmental contexts. Creating a humanizing and energizing classroom where students integrate course texts, community engagement and careful observation to think critically about their social and environmental contexts, and through that thinking begin to see themselves as agents of change, is the overarching goal underpinning my teaching philosophy.
Teaching at Saint Mary's College
At Saint Mary's College, I teach courses on diverse topics related to social and environmental justice, critical pedagogy and community engagement. Courses in the Justice, Community and Leadership program emphasize critical thinking, engaged learning through service and an enduring commitment to social justice. Course descriptions can be found here.
Check out this guide I created for undergraduates interested in sustainability, environmental policy and environmental justice careers and grad programs here
My teaching has been featured in Berkeley media and blogs
News report on a climate negotiation class exercise for International Environmental Politics
Blog-post on Berkeley Connect small-group meeting on the California Drought
Blog-post on Berkeley Connect small-group meeting on professional development