Climate Literacy in Higher Education: Challenges, Opportunities and Engaging Diverse Populations

Session ID#: 52401

Session Description:
Climate change will impact today’s students throughout their lives and careers. They will be confronted with multi-disciplinary challenges such as transforming the energy landscape, adapting to climate impacts and building resilient societies. Solutions will require an informed citizenry as well as a generation of professionals capable of creative, thoughtful, problem solving. Greater diversity in this pool of experts is needed; yet minority students are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, and numbers of minorities employed have not kept up with the growth in these fields. This session will examine how college- and university-level courses prepare students to understand the physical science and societal aspects of climate change, with a particular focus on Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the steps needed to increase minority student participation in STEM fields. How do we engage minority students early in STEM programs? What approaches have been successful?
Primary Conveners:  Bonnie Murray, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States
Conveners:  Jonathan Cole, Pacifica, CA, United States, Wendy E Abshire, UCAR, Arvada, CO, United States and Louise T. Huffman, Director of Education and Public Outreach Ice Drilling Program Office Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, NH, United States
Primary Liaisons:  Bonnie Murray, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States

  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • C - Cryosphere
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Elizabeth W. Mills1, Victoria Thorpe2, Richard Marshall Jones3, Sarah Glancy4, Carrie H.M. Tome5, Wendy E Abshire1, Chad Kauffman6, Abigail E. Stimach7, Kira A. Nugnes1 and Scott W. Slough8, (1)American Meteorological Society, Education Program, Washington, DC, United States, (2)Universidad Interamericana de PR-Bayamón, Escuela Aeronáutica, San Juan, PR, United States, (3)University of Hawaii - West Oahu, Kaploei, HI, United States, (4)University of Hawaii - West Oahu, Kapolei, HI, United States, (5)University of Hawaii - West Oahu, Math/Science, Kapolei, HI, United States, (6)California University of Pennsylvania, Earth Sciences, California, PA, United States, (7)American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC, United States, (8)Stephen F. Austin State University (Retired), Nacogdoches, TX, United States
Jennifer D. Small Griswold, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Atmospheric Sciences, Honolulu, HI, United States
Frido Reinstorf1, Petra Schneider1, Henrietta Hampel2, Raul F. Vazquez2, Luis Dominguez-Granda3, Indira Yadria Nolivos Alvarez4, Raymundo Rodriguez Tejeda5, Leslie Santos Roque5, Wilfredo Martinez6, Yaima Filiberto6, Steve W Lyon7 and Peter Goethals8, (1)University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, Dept. of Water, Environment, Building and Safety, Magdeburg, Germany, (2)University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador, (3)Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Matemáticas, Centro de Agua y Desarrollo Sustentable, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (4)Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litora, Guayaquil, Ecuador, (5)University of Holguin, Holguin, Cuba, (6)University of Camaguey, Camaguey, Cuba, (7)Stockholm University, Physical Geography & Quaternary Geology, Stockholm, Sweden, (8)Ghent University, Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology, Gent, Belgium
Nicole K Davi, William Paterson University of New Jersey, South River, NJ, United States, Patrick T Pringle, Centralia College, Centralia, United States, Francesco Fiondella, Earth Institute, Palisades, NY, United States and Rose Oelkers, Columbia University of New York, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States
Natalie Nelson, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Raleigh, NC, United States, Cord Anthony, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, United States, Lise Montefiore, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, United States, Laura Merriman, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Bio & Ag Engineering, Raleigh, NC, United States and Garey A Fox, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Raleigh, NC, United States
David Padgett, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN, United States

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