As an off-campus cohort, the Professional Development & Community Engagement unit supports this EDST program. Click here for a more thorough overview of this program, including application information.
This partnership program features an Adaptive Education model, which builds a pedagogical bridge that ties the project and classroom to the community. Participants will consult on, experiment with, and co-create solutions that address problems which come to light in the course of working with the City of Vancouver on sustainability priorities. The unique structure of this program includes a body of advisers and experts that support classroom-based research projects and instructors who act as research designers to facilitate group projects with real-world outcomes. Participants will:
- Develop a critical awareness of the concepts of education and sustainability, how they relate, and their implications;
- Demonstrate their learning throughout the program, thereby increasing their employability;
- Build their abilities to work with governments and other partners by collaborating with city staff on sustainability policies; and
- Embody the knowledge and skills associated with community building, political engagement, social movement participation, real-world research, design, dialogue, network building, and knowledge dissemination.
Who Should Apply?
Individuals who want to help achieve sustainability by:
- Building dialogue, presentation, and research skills for shaping local political processes;
- Experimenting with systemic interventions in everyday social practices to influence public policy for sustainability;
- Promoting significant educative experiences in diverse settings;
- Conceiving and consulting with others on original ideas;
- Maintaining a personal portfolio that combines achievements and reflective learning; and
- Mobilizing a social movement using technology, art, and/or craft in innovative ways.