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Kier Blake and Kianna Pete leading  a workshop.


Building an Anti-Racist (Climate/Environmental) Movement. 

Our Political Education Specialist, Kianna Pete, and S:E's Co-founder and Director of NYC Programs, Kier Blake, piloted this workshop at Brown University's College Climate Gathering.


This workshop discusses how climate change impacts people of color disproportionately, yet climate organizing spaces (and especially leadership) have been and are still primarily white. Consider this workshop if you are interested in exploring the history of environmentalism and who it has excluded, looking at current movement examples that have embraced and implemented anti-racist practices, and working to develop tangible actions to build a cross-race movement in their spaces on college campuses, specifically. 

Keir Blake and Kianna Pete leading a workshop.
Kier Blake and Kianna Pete posing at the front of a classroom, with "College Climate Gathering" written on the blackboard.

We also offer workshops on the following topics.. 

Introduction to Environmental Justice. 

Re(imagining) Environmental Justice in the 21st century


Building a New World: Liberation, Joy, and Healing. 

Leading Change: The Importance of Youth in Civic Engagement. 

The Power of Grassroots Organizing. 

Organizing on the Frontlines: Texas and the Petrochemical Industry. 

Sustainable Food and Farming Racial Justice.

Liberatory Pedagogies: Preparing Students to be Changemakers.

Engaging in International Climate Negotiations.

Start:Empowerment gave an excellent guest lecture in my course, introducing my students to issues of justice, food security, and climate change. They covered these complex topics clearly and passionately, engaging students with a wide range of existing familiarity with these topics. After class, my students were asking follow-up questions about the best ways they could get involved and requesting future lectures on environmental justice. I am so glad Start:Empowerment was able to give a guest lecture, and I will absolutely be inviting them back to speak to my students in the coming semesters!

Talbot Andrews, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science University of Connecticut

Talbot Andrews.
Kier Blake and Kianna Pete leading a workshop, with a PowerPoint slide reading "Highlights within the Environmental Movements".

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