Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with concepts and tools for understanding the complex relationships between human communities and both "natural" and built environments.
Students who pursue a degree in environmental studies gain knowledge of ecological science with a broad and deep understanding of human systems, all informed by careful reflection upon normative concerns and values.
Environmental Studies students tabled at the recent Club Rush event on the quad.
Welcome to SPRING 2016! – By Rachelle Howard, ENST major
The Environmental Studies program at HSU is a transformative learning experience. Because it is an interdisciplinary program, there are many opportunities to take advantage of. Check out this semester’s events, workshops, volunteer opportunities, presentations, and clubs. Many events tie straight into our ENST coursework!
Last semester, we had the opportunity to see our program chair, Dr. Sarah Ray, give a talk on Can a Green University Serve Underrepresented Students?: Reconciling Sustainability and Diversity at HSU as part of the Sustainable Future Speaker Series. The speaker series occurs every semester, and we look forward to the Spring 2016 lineup.
Fall 2015 was filled with ENST club meetings, social gatherings, and CCAT activities. Many of us attended the ENST Club's presentation on Spatializing Environmental Racism during GIS Day, which explored the importance of mapping environmental racism. We also had the opportunity to watch Naomi Klein’s documentary, This Changes Everything, which had an amazing turnout and great discussion afterword.
Spring 2016 is jam-packed with things to do. Get your tickets ASAP to see Van Jones talk on April 24! ENST Club is taking a group of students to Eugene to attend the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference March 3-6. Maybe you want to attend the International Cultural Festival (Feb 21), which helps appreciate each other's differences and embrace our similarities at the same time. Attend HSU Food Summit to talk about food security on campus February 27, and see the summit’s keynote, Anna Lappe, author of Diet for a Warming Planet, speak on the 26th. Attend the International Latino Film Festival Seminar (March 1-3) to view and discuss three extraordinary films. Don’t forget about the Social Justice Summit (March 4 & 5) which will focus on: From the Frontlines: Theory to Action. Students are invited to be involved in the Social Justice Summit by enrolling in the class, presenting a workshop, volunteering, or registering to participate in the Summit. Another event sure to make waves is California Big Time & Social Gathering (April 2) which helps strengthen and reinforce Indigenous tribal identity among students, youth, and our communities. Author-activist Dr. Mei Mei Evans (Oil & Water and The Environmental Justice Reader) will also be coming to HSU March 8-10!
Maybe you want to get your hands dirty? CCAT is always looking for volunteers! Our fellow ENST major, Ivan Soto, is Co-director of CCAT, so if you are ever interested in volunteering – go talk to him! Ivan is also teaching Environmental Studies 123, a Green Building course. If you are interested, this course would count toward the ENST Program's new Appropriate Technology emphasis (by the way, the new emphasis areas, which will be in the 2016-17 catalogue, are Media Production, Community Organizing, and Appropriate Technology!).
You should also join ENST Club, which has many opportunities for community involvement and leadership positions. They’re starting up a film series and a book group, among other plans.
Come join me and my friends as we host a Critical Animal Studies event this semester! This week-long event (April 24-29) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of HSU students, faculty, and community members seeking to create new spaces for the discussion of non-human animals and society. This event will explore intersections of oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism, classism, and speciesism. Get involved by volunteering for this event or propose a workshop! The CAS event will include ecofeminist Carol J. Adams, who will be presenting on The Sexual Politics of Meat, Dr. Aime Breeze Harper, founder of the Sistah Vegan Project, AND a few of our very own ENST majors will be presenting!
For me, the Environmental Studies program has been the single, greatest catalyst to help me develop the courage and reassurance to pursue my interests in Critical Animal Studies. So whatever your interests may be, this program gives you the ability to make a difference. The Environmental Studies major gives you the best and always finds the best in you!
And a big CONGRATULATIONS to the second class ever of HSU ENST majors who are graduating in May!
Join the Environmental Studies Student Club!
As of 2015, ENST majors launched an Environmental Studies Club. The mission of the club is: “To use the many lenses and mindsets of interdisciplinary perspectives to facilitate discussion on and prompt awareness of environmental issues.” Opportunities for community involvement, leadership positions, organizing around environmental events, film screenings, inviting speakers, and socializing abound. Please consider joining by sending an email to program leader Sarah Ray, who will forward your contact to the club leaders.