Jennifer Atkinson Leads Climate Workshop for 200 Faculty at California State University

IAS faculty member Jennifer Atkinson worked with climate author Sarah Jaquette Ray to train over 200 faculty on how to center emotion in climate education. The sessions took place in March 2024, with faculty from across the California State University (CSU) system attending.

The workshops are part of CSU’s Teaching Climate Change and Resilience Faculty Learning Community, which helps instructors incorporate climate change and resilience into their teaching. The series features leading experts in climate science, climate communications and policy. In addition to the most recent workshop facilitated by Atkinson and Ray, sessions have been led by the following experts:

  • Dr. Britt Wray, Director of CIRCLE at Stanford University.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Bagley of Project Drawdown, an interdisciplinary environmental scientist with experience spanning academia, business, and the nonprofit sector.
  • Katherine Noble, the Climate Manager of Solutions Journalism Network.
  • Matt Scott, director of storytelling and engagement for Project Drawdown, and other national leaders in climate education, research and activism.

To learn more about centering emotion in climate education and climate communication, visit Jennifer Atkinson’s website, or read her new book The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators, forthcoming May 2024 with University of California Press.