Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems for Climate Mitigation and Resilience and for Student Success
Ulla Hassager, University of Hawai'i at Manoa Robert Franco, Kapi'olani Community College
Overview: This workshop is an opportunity to experience an implementation of the conference theme by addressing climate change and seeking new strategies for student success. Incorporating multiple ways of knowing, being, and aspiring we specifically work towards a just, equitable, and sustainable future for us all. Humankind needs to include all the knowledge and tools that we can gather from indigenous and “Western” knowledge systems in order to equip ourselves to meet the grand challenges that impact our collective future.
This pre-conference workshop synergizes multiple approaches strengthening high-impact research practices and pedagogies. Brief presentations by participants in the ongoing SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) project, “Transcending Barriers to Success” (TBS), will address the urgency of dealing with climate change locally and globally, based on interdisciplinary research and pedagogies in a collaboration across disciplines, campuses, and communities. Following the framing presentations, workshop participants will have opportunities to (1) share current project ideas, challenges, opportunities, and outcomes, and (2) develop a wider, deeper, and stronger network of higher education-indigenous community connections within the western region and beyond. The pre-conference will include time to learn from each other and inspire formal and informal education by together outlining practical, usable projects, and/or research and course designs.