PoCSC Past Events
The People of Color Sustainability Collective hosts events that build community and create a spaces for students, staff, and fauclty to engage in a critical dialogue about the intersections between race, ethnicity, class, gender, culture, and the environment.
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People of Color Sustainability Collective student interns presented on the roots of the Environmental Justice movement and highlighted events that were definnig moments of the movement. Through each event highlighted, participants reflected on the way that communities of color used art as a tool to advocate for change.
Julie Oberts, Porter CRE, facilitated the second portion of this workshop and led participants through the process of brainstorming and creating stencils with a message for change. As a group, participants walked over to the Porter Apartments walkway area and added their stencils onto the ground using non-toxic temporary spray chalk. Some of the amazing messages students stenciled were: "The Earth Needs Healing And We Do Too," "Our Future Is W/In Our Roots," "¡Juntxs Hoy!" "We're In This Together," "Drop Seeds Not Bombs".
- At Mapping Our Journey, participants used art to create visual stories of how their multiple identities were shaped. In small groups we shared about our families, cultures, and chlidhood experiences. Participants reflected on how both foods and landscapes have also shaped their identities. Using a gellery walk, participants shared their stories and heard other people's stories.
At "Re-imaining the Environmentalist" over 50 students and staff came together to get to know eachother and engage in small group discussions about bridging the gap between environmental and social justice issues. Each participant shared an memory/thought about what either water, culture, nature, community, or animals meant to them.
In small groups, participants reflected on questions like: Who do you imagine when you think about environmentalists/ social justice activist? How do social justice and environmental justice connect? How do issues of inequality influence both movements? How does racial inequality influence the goals and participation in these movements? Do you consider yourself an environmentalist/ social justice activist?
Participants shared about percieved stereotypes of environmentalists and social justice activists and reflected on their own participation in those movements.
- This was PoCSC's first event and was a launching point for following events/programs. Students, staff, and faculty came together to engage in a critical dialogue about the campus climate within the UCSC environmental movement. In small groups participants shared about their experiences in the classroom and about their thoughts on representation within the environmental sustainability movement. Student feedback and ideas from this event helped shape the goals of PoCSC.
- This workshop brought students together to learn more about the history of California farm workers' activism and their struggles to make a living wage even though their lives go to feeding others. We discussed the roles of the state and the Driscoll's corporation in perpetuating these unjust working conditions.
Wahleah Johns is a Navajo (Diné) activist from the Black Mesa Water Coalition and spoke about the process of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables on tribal lands. This was a great opportunity to learn more about community organizing, tribal economies, renewable energy, and youth empowerment.
- Sacred sites are places within the landscape that have a special meaning or significance under varying cultures. In many Native cultures their creation stories tied them to the land and holds deep significance. Unfortunately, many Native communties have been forced to relocate regardless of the special ties that hold them to one region. As a response many of our sacred sites have been destroyed in order to build malls and other commercial uses. At this years Bienvenida (Welcome), hosted by El Centro the Chicano Latino Resource Center, the American Indian Resource Center and PoCSC were able to add their sacred sites altar in remembrance for any site that holds significance to the Native community and the AIRC/PoCSC's interns.
Gather in the Garden Series: Decolonize the Food System talkGather in the Garden is a new series hosted by Colleges Nine and Ten where the UCSC community comes together in the College Nine and Ten garden to talk about food justice-related topics. PoCSC Coordinator, Adriana Renteria, facilitated the "Decolonizing the Food System" discussion about ways that colonial forces have transformed the food system. Participants reflected on their own cultural food traditions and shared about ways that their families use food as medicine and ways that our cultural food traditions have been broken or altered because of colonialism.
UCSC's 2016 Inter–Organizational Sustainability RetreatPoCSC worked with the Sustainability Office to plan the 2016 Inter-Org Re-imagining Sustainability Retreat. Through our collaboration, a strong emphasis on intersectional sustainability approaches was maintained throughout the entire retreat. The retreat included an alumni panel and a keynote address by Pandora Thomas, Co-Founder of the Black Permaculture Network and Earthseed Consulting. PoCSC Coordinator co-facilitated a workshop with the Global Food Initiative titled "Food Justice and Systemic Oppression" and PoCSC student interns facilitated a workshop titled "La Via Campesina: Globalizing Hope, Globalizing the Struggle!" Students from over 40 different campus environmental and social justice groups and organizations attended the retreat, making 2016 the year with the highest attendance record.