The Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative

The Humanities-led Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation focuses on centering Indigenous epistemologies and other ways of knowing to shape how we think about relationships with the planet and each other.

Through campus/community partnerships based at UMN Morris, UMN Twin Cities, and UMN Duluth, the work has three main trajectories: curriculum development (integrating Indigenous and other ways of knowing into environmental education with an emphasis on humanities education and experiential work), community-engaged activism to center Indigenous epistemologies and struggles, and institutional change both at the University and beyond.
 

 

    Cohorts

    Learn more about each campus/community partnership based out of the three participating campuses.

    Leadership Team

    PI: Jennifer Gunn, History of Medicine Endowed Professor and Director of the UMN Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

    • Project Manager, Laurie Moberg
    • Faculty Advisor in Critical Indigenous Studies: Christine Taitano DeLisle, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies
    • University of Minnesota Duluth: Roxanne Biidabinokwe Gould, Associate Professor of Indigenous Education
    • University of Minnesota Duluth: Wendy Smythe, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, and Earth and Environmental Sciences
    • University of Minnesota Morris: Becca Gercken, Associate Professor of English, and Native American and Indigenous Studies
    • University of Minnesota Morris: Kevin Whalen, Assistant Professor of History, and Native American and Indigenous Studies
    • University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Christine Bauemler, Professor of Art
    • University of Minnesota Twin Cities: Vicente M. Diaz, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies
    • University of Minnesota Twin Cities: C̣aƞte Máza (Neil McKay), Dakota Language Specialist, American Indian Studies

    Get Involved

    Are you interested in being involved in this project? Over time, we will be posting about ways you can contribute your ideas and join the initiative. There will be opportunities for students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, staff, and community members to be involved. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].