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The UH Office of Sustainability presents Climate Education Month 2021, a series of interactive online public forums exploring various sustainability & resilience topics.

Friday Lunch & Learn Series: JCI Americorps VISTA Fellow, Anya Benavides (UH Hilo) curates a series of Lunch & Learn events each Friday at 12:00pm – 1:30pm throughout the month of October is for students and community members interested to explore sustainability issues through voices from our campuses and the communities we serve.

Faculty Professional Development Sessions: Dr. Krista Hiser, Director of the UH Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum hosts two professional development sessions for faculty interested in building their skills to teach affectively to the climate crisis.

Most sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing at the UH Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum YouTube channel.
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For more information contact: anyab@hawaii.edu
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All sessions will be presented on Zoom.
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Schedule of Events for October 2021

Friday Lunch & Learn Series

FRIDAY OCT 1, 12PM – 1:30PM

RE-ENVISIONING EDUCATION

with Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang

This session is intended for community members, students and anyone interested in hearing from Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang, the creator of Pu’uhuluhulu University and instructor in the Hawaiian Department at UH Mānoa. Join us to learn about what it means to create a Native Hawaiian place of learning at Pu’uhuluhulu University and reflect on how the community responded to (k)new formats of education.

Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang

Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang is a kupa of Papakōlea, Oʻahu. She is currently an instructor of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is the founder of Puʻuhuluhulu University at Maunakea.

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FRIDAY OCT 15, 12PM – 1:30PM

HEALING THROUGH ART

with Leiani Kaʻohunani Yates

This session is intended for community members, students and anyone interested in learning about the role of healing through art from Leilani Ka’ohunani Yates. Leilani has been a tattoo artist for around 15 years, and has fostered her connection to ʻĀina through her art. Join us on October 15th at 12:00 pm to learn more about Leilani’s journey, and how healing, art, and caring for the land are interwoven.

Leiani Kaʻohunani Yates

Ka’ohu Kreations art and tattoos come from Big Island, Hawaiʻi. Leilani is the creator, an artist whose creative spirit shines through her many forms of art & tattoos with a connection to spirit and the natural world. Leilani’s art is made with pure love, healing, the practice of aloha ‘āina, and intention. Her Inspiration comes from Polynesia, tribal/ancient art, symbolic pattern work, and adornment style feminine designs. She opened Ola Loa Studio in 2019, providing a safe and unique tattoo environment that is welcoming and safe for women, diversity and those looking for large scale body work in a private space.

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FRIDAY OCT 22, 12PM – 1:30PM

EXPLORING THE INTERSECTIONALITY OF QUEERNESS, WOMEN AND ENVIRONMENTAL OPPRESSION

with Mariana Monasi and Lala Nuss

This session is intended for community members, students and anyone interested in hearing from Mariana Monasi, creator, artist, photographer, activist and Lala Nuss, regenerative practitioner, and founder of Conscious Concepts. Join us on to explore links between oppression of women and queer people & oppression of environment.

Mariana Monasi

Mariana is a queer, indigenous, immigrant woman from Lima, Peru. She is a graduate from UH Manoa with a BA in Women’s Studies & Latin American Studies as well as an MPA focused in organizational leadership and nonprofit management. Mariana’s professional experience includes environmental conservation, college mental health, and community outreach and communications for the last 8 years. She recently started Pachamama Creative LLC, as a photographer and consultant to nonprofits, to help close the marketing and strategic communications gap within the nonprofit sector.

Mariana is a digital and block print artist, storyteller who aims to use a variety of visual art to build community around and give voice to communities who are often underrepresented and silenced. Mariana is the host of Quariwarmi, a podcast that shares the stories and cultural perspectives of queer BIPOC folks.

Lala Nuss

Born, raised & educated in Hawai’i. An East West Center APLP fellow & University of Hawai’i alum with over 15 years of professional experience in the international travel industry. Founder of Conscious Concepts, a regenerative enterprise providing consulting, and project management supporting the increased demand for capacity building, centering equity within place-based development at the nexus of the climate, economic and public health crises.

The past 12 years have been dedicated to repurposing an international travel career to be in service to climate change resiliency, social justice advocacy, and community wellbeing through ‘āina and arts-based initiatives within the philanthropic, corporate and public sectors.

The past 2 years have been dedicated to the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (OCCSR) as the Climate Resilience and Equity Program Manager.

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FRIDAY OCT 29, 12PM – 1:30PM

REIMAGINING INVASIVE SPECIES ON A CHANGING PLANET

with Malia Akutagawa, Uncle Vince Dodge, and The Albizia Project

This session is intended for community members, students and anyone interested in hearing from Malia Akutagawa, the founder of Sust‘āinable Molokai and UH Associate Professor of Law and Hawaiian Studies, Joey Valenti, founder of the Albizia Project, and Uncle Vince Dodge of Waianae Gold. Join us on October 29th at 12:00 pm to hear how our communities can cultivate positive relationships with and challenge the dominant narrative on how we value invasive species in Hawai‘i.

Malia Akutagawa

Malia Akutagawa Malia was born and raised on Molokai and is President and Founder of Sust ʻāina ble Molokai. She is an attorney and Assistant Professor of Law with both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Malia is a 1997 alumnus of the William S. Richardson School of Law, having earned a Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate. Her focal studies included Hawaiian and water rights, environmental regulations, land use, administrative and international law. She is also a part of Hui ʻĀina Momona, a consortium of scholars throughout the university community charged with addressing compelling issues of indigenous Hawaiian knowledge and practices, including the legal regime and Native Hawaiian rights associated with mālama ʻāina, and with focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, and food security.

Dr. Joey Valenti

Dr. Joey Valenti is Founder of the Albizia Project and leads the team in developing innovative solutions in response to socio-ecological issues identified across Hawaiʻi.

In 2016 he earned his Doctorate degree in Architecture from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). His research investigated the state’s low-value forest resources to develop innovative building systems that utilize the prolific invasive albizia tree. The project was awarded funding from UHM, Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation, and the U.S. Forest Service to build the Albizia Project’s first full-scale prototype.

Vince Kana‘i Dodge

Vince Kana‘i Dodge is the founder of ʻAi Pōhaku, a papa (grandfather), educator, cultural practitioner, and longtime resident of Wai‘anae where kiawe trees are plentiful

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FACULTY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR CLIMATE EDUCATION

FRIDAY, OCT 8, 12PM – 1:30PM

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTIVELY
2 hour workshop

with Dr. Krista Hiser

Teaching Climate Change Affectively identifies the psychological barriers that inhibit our sense of efficacy, such as fear, scales of issues and time, and self-limiting frames of actions and outcomes, and offers tools to overcome adversity, develop communication skills, and build our resiliency. This workshop will use lessons from eco-psychology and eco-philosophy to help you develop practices that will be psychologically supportive and empowering, including suggestions for how you can teach these challenging topics in your classes. NOTE: This session is not recorded.

Dr. Krista Hiser

Dr. Krista Hiser envisions a generation college of graduates equipped to thrive, helps faculty re-design courses to include aspects of sustainability in ways they might not have considered and implements strategies to futureproof our academic institutions. Today, as a curriculum specialist and college professor teaching climate communication, environmental literature and climate fiction, Krista strive to create epochal, transformative learning experiences for students and for stakeholders across higher education. She is the host of the Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education, and is an English professor at Kapiʻolani Community College.

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FRIDAY, OCT 22, 9AM – 12NOON

THE COUNCIL IN THIS TIME OF RECKONING

with Dr. Wendy Miles & Dr. Krista Hiser

The Council in this Time of Reckoning (CITR) is part of an international initiative called the Council on the Uncertain Human Future (CUHF), an ecosystem of practice and resources. The CUHF is an intentional conversation acknowledging the planetary changes underway, the human behavior that led to them, the implications unfolding, and asking how we live now, given what we know. The CITR is a two-hour taste of CUHF which arose in response to the intersections of racism, ecocide, and pandemic. We reflect on our understanding of the relationship between human-caused climate change and racial violence, misogyny, and social inequalities. Together, we consider what this time of reckoning portends and offers

Dr. Wendy Miles

Dr. Wendy Miles is dedicated to nurturing trusted relationships and strong partnerships in support of climate change resiliency in the Pacific Islands. She is the Science Collaboration Coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications program in the Pacific Islands, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the East-West Center. She is experienced in community-led conservation and adaptation planning, climate change program and policy evaluation, and the provision of targeted climate science decision support to communities and governments.

Dr. Krista Hiser

Dr. Krista Hiser envisions a generation college of graduates equipped to thrive, helps faculty re-design courses to include aspects of sustainability in ways they might not have considered and implements strategies to futureproof our academic institutions. Today, as a curriculum specialist and college professor teaching climate communication, environmental literature and climate fiction, Krista strive to create epochal, transformative learning experiences for students and for stakeholders across higher education. She is the host of the Ultimate Cli-Fi Book Club for Sustainability in Higher Education, and is an English professor at Kapiʻolani Community College.

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Last modified: October 22, 2021
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