Juneteenth event - Shared screen with speaker view
H. Pike
Notes from Breakout Room #4
Kayla Williams
I think we were breakout group 9? (Kayla)Question 1Injustices in the healthcare industry. Inequities are being exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.In all sectors minorities, POC, immigrants are hardest hit by any natural disaster. Support services are not there or they’re not as good. In the US not everyone can see a doctor. But thats try with any social service really. The philanthropy doesn’t cover all the needed support.Capitalism is not sustainable! I hope this pushes us in the right direction of how we do things from here on out.Question 2I didn’t even realize it wasn’t as accessible to non-white people.When we think about environmentalism who’s environment are we talking about?
H. Pike
(room #4) Discussion of Question 1: Redlining, creating of major infrastructure (highways etc); lack of political power within marginalized communities; impediments to POC obtaining social necessities like drivers' licenses (necessary for many activities); power plants/incinerators/etc moved to places of less political power; baby steps in the right direction include supporting leaders of color in their own communities; interconnectedness of social infrastructures leads to consequences for POC communities
Jillian DeStone
Notes from Breakout Room with Taite PiersonSpeaking about indiginous community in terms of COVID - if you look at most, you see compacting effects of a completely underfunded healthcare system, a diet where climate change and habitat destruction have destroyed a lot of sources of nutrition, leading to other health effectsWhen we think about who has to work during Covid (low-income communities, communities of color, people who have no power and voice in their jobs, people who cannot work from home). Grocery store workers, home health aides, people in the medical profession, garbage collectors, think specifically about people who usually don’t get visibility and credit like medical profession does. Looking at Chelsea as one of the hardest hit communities.Look at who lost their jobs first: Service industries, hospitality, people already living with low incomes.
Jillian DeStone
Beyond COVID, talking about environmental - redlining, what is built where and what is put around it. People living there don’t have the political or financial clout to advocate for the community.How can we call these systems out? Civic engagement needs to be taught in schools. Think about students leading activism after Parkland. Make it part of familial conversation - one person takes on the education about what we can do. These things can start at the micro level, knowing what you can do as an individual or small groupWho has access to nature and beautiful settings - there are initiatives to support low-income students. Look at history of public lands - previously owned by wealthy people for their own pleasure and later donated
Jillian DeStone
Physical transportation to these places? Lack of public transit or access to walk or bicycle to conservation and public recreation spaces.Acting in an environmentally friendly way is often tied with consumerism, access to income; we don’t recognize as much the things that lower income people are doing that are environmentally friendly.
H. Pike
(room #4) Discussion of question 2: locations of meetings; black environmentalists not receiving adequate attention; white activists could lift up & amplify POC voices; historically marginalized communities have been left out of policy-making; decolonizing the library - supporting POC in a library and archive setting
H. Pike
(I hope those are adequate)
Michaela Morse
Thank you @H. Pike! so appreciated
Jill Parlee
room #8 Discussion on Question 1:- The original sins of this country are genocide and slavery and there is a throughline of access to resources, wealth, healthcare, etc.- There are systemic issues of lack of access and education- There is unequal power and distribution of resources- We tend to think just about ourselves and not enough about other people so we too often have the attitude “as long as it doesn’t affect me”- Things seem to have gotten worse, in some communities that were integrated in the past and practiced sustainability practices then, such as composting, that has stopped and there is less of a feeling of community- When political power is held by people outside the community then “progress” and decisions about what is best for the community can not actually reflect the desired environmental effort of the community- Voting can only get us so far since at the municipal level these systems are set up on property taxes so we have a self-perpetuating system of disadvantage when the resources
Isabella M. Kiser
Group 3 notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wXa3bd5tTbBoURlAAh7S-691V5Zrk_LJ0CwmSCJfa14/edit?usp=sharing
Shoshana Blank
Break-out group 6 notes: https://tufts.box.com/s/hnr1f9mzmsmdy3b42vyq5ojm5gu7877w
Shirley Mark
Tisch College is supporting student research projects that engage with communities. Email me for information.
Shirley Mark
We have a student research panel on June 24, 1-2pm, featuring four students.
Shirley Mark
 Lidya Woldeyesus (American studies, 2022) Faizan Muhammad (CS, 2020) Kella Merlain-Moffat (IR, 2020) Jessica Angeles (Psychology, 2021)This online event is supported by the Tufts Scholar Development Office and the Tisch College Community Research Center. Bring your ideas and questions about leveraging research for critical changemaking. For more information, please contact elaine.donnelly@tufts.eduJoin us via zoom at https://tufts.zoom.us/j/98163129136
Shoshana Blank
Great ideas for Tufts! I think if you have any more, put them in the chat, or email us today at sustainabilityoffice@tufts.edu
Isabella M. Kiser
Kristen Kaufman
Break out group 5 notes: https://tufts.box.com/s/y6eh31uszcu9heetzu4o6p5pnxu1bv94
Isabella M. Kiser
resources compiled by the Office of Sustainability
Leslie Spencer
If you want to see Leah Penniman speak today @4pm! http://www.agrowingculture.org/hfj/
Heather Barry
Cyatharine, she/her
Notes from group 7: Why is environmentalism/sustainability a "luxury of thinking"? Considering how sustainability is often tied to access of financially resources. But, communities of the Global South have been practicing sustainability while not having as much financial capital. So taking the time to listen and reconsider what sustainability might mean. Sustainability shouldn't be an "easy fix" that we just throw money at but change our mindsets and that requires listening to minoritized communities.
Mieke van der Wansem
Thank you everyone!
Patti Klos
Well done and thank you!
Rebecca Marie Shakespeare
Cities@Tufts organizes across Tufts for cross-disciplinary urban studies and sustainability issues: https://as.tufts.edu/uep/community/cities-tufts
Alicia Russell
Where are the resources from this session?
Gabriella Goldstein
Thank you!
Malakia C Silcott
thank you !
Annmarie Hoch
Thank you everyone!
Rockford Weitz
thank you all!