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Five College Interterm Course:
Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century


Environmental sustainability is the global issue in need of leadership today. Students from the Five Colleges, with the strength of their liberal arts education, rigorous scholarship, and history of active engagement, are well positioned to take on a variety of leadership roles in shaping our collective future.

This interterm workshop will give you clarity about your values, and empower you for a lifetime of meaningful and effective environmental action. Over three days, you will engage in training sessions, interact and network with like-minded students and alumnae in environmental fields, and have time to reflect on what you bring to the table. Students from the Five Colleges are welcome to apply, though the workshop can only accommodate 30 participants.

The workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Thoreau Foundation and grants from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. It will be held in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom at Smith College's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station.

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Do you have access to a laptop to use during this workshop?

Schedule

Monday, January 6, 2014

9 a.m. Depart Smith College Campus
MacLeish Field Station–Bechtel Environmental Classroom
9:30 Breakfast and introductions
10:30-11:00 a.m. Workshop I: Family Influences
Jessica Bacal (Director, Wurtele Center for Work and Life), Joanne Benkley (Assistant Director, CEEDS), Jennifer Walters (Director, Center for Community Collaboration, Dean of Religious Life)
11:30-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45–12:30 p.m. Workshop II: Heart+Head=Hustle
Jessica Bacal Joanne Benkley, Jennifer Walters
12:30 –1:00 p.m. Lunch
1–1:25 p.m. Hike/walk/free time
1:30–4:30 p.m.Skills workshops: Grassroots leadership
Five College Fossil Free Fellows (350.org): Zack Gerdes (Amherst), Alyssa Johnson-Kurts (Smith), Varshini Prakash (UMASS)
5:00 p.m. Arrive Smith College Campus

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

9 a.m. Depart Smith College Campus
MacLeish Field Station–Bechtel Environmental Classroom
9:30–9:45 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:45–10:35 a.m. Workshop I: Winding Paths
Jessica Bacal (Director, Wurtele Center for Work and Life), Joanne Benkley (Assistant Director, CEEDS), Jennifer Walters (Director, Center for Community Collaboration, Dean of Religious Life)
10:35–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–12:15 p.m. Workshop II: Transforming Challenges
Jessica Bacal, Joanne Benkley, Jennifer Walters
12:15–1:15 p.m.Lunch
1:15–4:30 p.m. Skills workshop: Op-Ed Writing
Writer Heather Abel is a former reporter and editor for the High County News and San Francisco Guardian. She teaches journalism at UMASS and the New School.
5:00 p.m. Arrive Smith College Campus

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

9 a.m. Depart Smith College Campus
MacLeish Field Station–Bechtel Environmental Classroom
9:30–10:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and unpacking exercise
Jessica Bacal, Joanne Benkley, Jennifer Walters
10:00–11:30 a.m. Alumnae Panel
Five College representation: order TBA, see below for a listing of confirmed alumnae participants to date
11:30 a.m.–noon Hike/walk
noon–1 p.m.Lunch
1–2:30 p.m.Alumnae Panel
Five College representation: order TBA, see below for a listing of confirmed alumnae participants to date
2:45–3:45 p.m. Mapping connections/reflection
Jessica Bacal, Joanne Benkley, Jennifer Walters
4:30 p.m. Arrive Smith College Campus
5:00 p.m. Reception with keynote speaker
5:30 p.m. Keynote lecture "From Earth Day to Tomorrow: Environmentalism in the Digital Century" with Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based environmental foundation. A seasoned veteran of many legislative, cultural, and courtroom battles over the years, and the author of numerous books and articles, Hayes is probably still best known for having been National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25.
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Confirmed
Laurel Angell



Juliana Barrett


Veronica Blette


Sarah K. Khan



Ruby Maddox




Erinn McGurn



Joseph Steig





Richard Miller
alumnae participants
Attorney; Director, Western Energy Project, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington College of Law (Mt Holyoke '93)

Assistant Extension Educator-in-Residence, University of Connecticut (Smith '82)

Chief, WaterSense Branch, EPA Office of Wastewater (Smith '85)

Founder/Director, The Tasting Cultures Foundation, Inc., Freelance multimedia journalist, writer, researcher (Smith '87)

Assistant Director, Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, Co-founder of Gardening the Community (UMASS '11)

Owner/Principal of SCALEStudio and Co-Founder and Executive Director of SCALEAfrica (Smith '94)

Venture Development Manager and Director of VentureWell for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), CFO at Long River Ventures (Hampshire '87)

Director, Energy Markets Policy Group, Con Edison (Amherst ‘80)